Up for sale, a 1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. With a stunningly un-aged Alpine White gloss nitro lacquer finish, this Les Paul Custom comes from an increasingly heralded era of Gibson production, making the most of the classic combination of a solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body, carved maple top, and genuine ebony fretboard. Weighing a particularly hearty 11lbs 6oz, there's no shortage of natural punch and sustain on tap, and the guitar delivers a bold, muscly acoustic voice with great articulation and warmth.
The guitar has been fitted with a pair of Gibson's 490R and 498T humbuckers, and these pickups have a wide tonal palette, with Alnico II magnets in the neck pickup yielding more chime and warmth, while the Alnico V bridge pickup is tailored for gain with plenty of output and roar. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 9-42 strings, this Les Paul is everything a top-tier Gibson model was designed to be.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciable roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard sports pearl block inlay and original frets that are practically perfect with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily in every register up the 24 3/4" scale. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has all the classic appointments of a Les Paul Custom, with multi-ply binding, split diamond pearl inlay, and "Custom" truss rod cover. The original Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the Gibson 490R and 498T humbuckers are an era-correct pair likely substituted early in the guitar's life, wired to the original harness with a trio of stock pots that have visible date codes from the 17th week of '89, along with one replaced Gibson-branded Alpha pot. The hardware includes the Nashville bridge and stopbar, and the gold plating is bright and clean with light patina through the plating on the edges of the pickup covers and bridge. Plastics include a quartet of particularly minty black speed knobs, the multi-ply pickguard, and switch surround and tip.
The gloss Alpine White nitro lacquer finish is virtually unaged and bright white on the body, with just a hint of faint aging in the clear coat on the neck profile from contact with the palm. Cosmetic wear is limited to a spot of very light buckle rash central to the lower bout on the back along with a couple faint stray finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, a couple minor marks on the body perimeter and a sliver of pinkish-tinted back binding from contact with the case lining.
The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.