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The Original Black Beauty

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.

With its elegant lines and Ebony/Pearl/Gold aesthetic, the 1957 Les Paul Custom is easily one of the most iconic and beautiful guitars ever made. It features a body carved out of a single large piece of solid mahogany, unique among Les Paul models. The resulting dark mid-range tone from the body pairs perfectly with its bright-sounding solid Ebony fingerboard. All together, it's the pinnacle of guitar craftsmanship, design and tone. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to revive every last detail of the original "Black Beauty" for this '57 Les Paul Custom Reissue, from the dimensions and contours to the precise inlay patterns to the entire ownership experience.
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ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge

The standard for simplicity & functionality

The ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The ABR-1 is slotted directly into the body of the guitar using a separate stud and thumbwheel, providing a firm seating for the strings and allowing players the ability to adjust and fine tune intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent vintage tone and sustain.

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1957 Les Paul Custom Reissue Specifications

Body

Body Shape
Les Paul
Body Material
1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Binding
Multi-ply
Weight Relief
None
Finish
Nitrocellulose VOS (Vintage Patina)

Neck

Material
Solid Mahogany
Profile
Chunky C-Shape
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Solid Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.69" / 42.85mm
End of Board Width
2.24" / 56.89mm
Inlays
1950s Pattern Mother of Pearl
Joint
Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit

Hardware

Finish
Gold
Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
No-Wire ABR-1
Tailpiece
Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar (or Bigsby if applicable)
Tuning Machines
Kluson Waffleback w/ Pearloid Tips
Pickguard
Multiply Laminated Acrylic
TrussRod
Authentic 1950s No-Tube
Truss Rod Cover
Authentic Stepped 2-Ply Les Paul Custom
Control Knobs
Butyrate Black Top Hats
Switch Tip
Amber Catalin
Switchwasher
Silkscreened Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Jack Plate Cover
Multiply Laminated Acrylic
Control Covers
Black Royalite
Strap Buttons
Brass
Mounting Rings
M69 Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Pickup Covers
Authentic Profile Gold-plated Nickel Silver

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Middle Pickup
Custombucker Alnico III (if applicable)
Bridge Pickup
Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Controls
CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch
Accessories
Gibson Custom Switchplate Medallion (w/ Historic Black Plastic Cover in Case), Certificate of Authenticity Booklet, Historic Reissue Hang Tags