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Pure Rock ’n’ Roll Perfection

Mike Ness is a producer and musician and the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the legendary punk band and rock ’n’ roll icons Social Distortion. A self-described "Gibson guy," his favorite electric guitar is a modified 1976 Les Paul™ Deluxe Goldtop, which served as the basis for this Gibson Custom Shop Artist Model. It comes equipped with a three-piece maple neck, a 2-piece plain maple top, and a mahogany/maple/mahogany back. The stock mini humbuckers have been replaced by P-90's, which Mike prefers. The Goldtop finish has been expertly aged by the artisans of the Murphy Lab to match Mike's original, and it even includes the Orange County, Clay Smith Cams Mr. Horsepower®, and I Voted stickers.
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Gibson P-90 Front

P-90 Single Coil Pickup

Legendary Tone

First introduced in the early 1950s, Gibson's legendary P90 single coil pickup produced a raw powerful tone that helped define the blues and rock and roll in their formative years. Today, the P90's traditional combination of high output and brilliant tone is still considered a favorite among many top musicians. Known by such familiar nicknames as the "Soapbar" and the "Cobalt," the P90 still cuts through any type of music, all while displaying amazing tonal sensitivity for everything from blues and rock to mellow jazz riffs. It's perfect as a vintage replacement, and features vintage, braided two-conductor wiring. It's also fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of unwanted microphonic feedback.

Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe (Aged) Specifications

Body

Body Shape
Les Paul
Body Material
Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany "Sandwich" Body
Top
2-Piece Plain Maple
Binding
Single ply Top and Fretboard
Finish
Murphy Lab Aged Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Material
3-piece Maple
Profile
Mike Ness Custom Profile
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
1 Piece Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Jumbo
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.66" / 42.266mm
End of Board Width
2.01" / 51.105mm
Inlays
Pearloid Trapezoid, Rounded Corners
Joint
Set Neck
Headstock inlay
Gibson logo in Mother of Pearl, Les Paul Model silkscreen

Hardware

Finish
Nickel; Murphy Lab Aged
Tuner Plating
Nickel; Murphy Lab Aged
Bridge
Tone Pros Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece
Tone Pros Stop Bar
Tuning Machines
Gotoh Nickel, Single Band
Pickguard
Reissue Mini Humbucker
TrussRod
Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover
Molded Deluxe
Control Knobs
Gold Top Hats with Silver Inserts; Aged
Switch Tip
Cream
Switchwasher
Cream - Text Buffed Off
Jack Plate Cover
Nickel
Control Covers
Brown
Strap Buttons
2 - Dunlop Original Design Straploks
Pickup Covers
Cream Soapbar

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Bridge Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, Ceramic Capacitors
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Gibson Deluxe Protector Case
Accessories
Certificate of Authenticity, Dunlop Original Design Straplok Buttons In the Case

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.