Up for sale, a 1992 Gibson Custom Shop Pre-Historic ‘57 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a molded hardshell “chainsaw” case. This finely-crafted Gibson is a faithful recreation of a 1957 Les Paul Custom, featuring a mahogany carved top as well as a solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body and one-piece neck, with a trio of ‘57 Classic PAF humbuckers.
This Les Paul weighs 9lbs 9oz and hails from what is increasingly known as Gibson's "good wood era," delivering a lively, powerful acoustic voice that translates well through the humbuckers. All three pickups are wired in-phase, with a bridge pickup that has both bite and bounce, accentuating the smooth growl of the mahogany construction and glassy snap of the ebony fingerboard. The neck pickup is smooth and buttery, and the middle pickup is combined with the bridge in the middle position. The sound gets delightfully wooly with the Tone control rolled back, too. This Les Paul Custom benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, gaining a hair more heft in the upper registers, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features mother of pearl block inlay, with fret-edge binding on the flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock has all of the hallmarks of a Custom, with the split diamond pearl inlay, inlaid Gibson logo, and multi-ply binding. The gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the headstock retains the inked serial number.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a standard Les Paul control configuration and the original harness, retaining CTS pots that date to the 44th week of 1992. The gold plated hardware has plenty of shine with some requisite surface patina, comprising the pickup covers, ABR-1 bridge, and corresponding stopbar, and plastics include the quartet of black bonnet knobs and the amber switch tip.
The gloss Ebony nitro lacquer finish exhibits tight vertical finish checking, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, most prominent on the back, as well as an area of buckle rash on the back at the bass-side waist and light stand rash, both on the lower bout and behind fret 9 on the neck profile. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, save for a few shallow marks and the aforementioned spot of stand rash, buffed smooth through play.
A 1980s Gibson-branded molded hardshell “chainsaw” case is included.