Gibson Les Paul Custom 1988


Product Code: GS5180

$ 4,500.00
$ 4,500.00

With its elegant lines and Ebony/Pearl/Gold aesthetic, the Les Paul Custom (nicknamed The Black Beauty) is easily one of the most iconic and beautiful guitars ever made. It features a body carved out of mahogany and a maple top. The resulting dark mid-range tone from the body pairs perfectly with its bright-sounding solid ebony fingerboard. All together, it was a pinnacle of guitar craftsmanship, design and tone. With the exception of a couple touched up solder joints at the pickup leads, this late 80's example is all original and in beautiful condition. This guitar does not have a history of repairs or any modifications, and cosmetically, there is only very light checking on the headstock and body. 


  • Finish: Ebony
  • Body: Mahogany w/ maple top
  • Neck: 3-piece mahogany, medium "c"
  • Neck Thickness: .83" at 1st/.97" at 12th
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Radius: 12"
  • Scale length: 24 3/4"
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"  1.68" by caliper
  • Electronics: All original. Pots date to 1988. Solder joints where pickup leads connect to pot have been touched up. Original very early "57 classic" pickups with PAF stickers.
  • Pickup Impedence: Bridge 8.5k // Neck 8.5k
  • Weight: 11.1lbs
  • Case: Newer Gibson HC

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