Up for sale, a 1999 Gibson Les Paul Custom Plus in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. From an increasingly heralded era of Gibson production, this Les Paul is a particularly rare iteration of the Custom platform with a AAA bookmatched and heavily figured carved flame maple top. Paired with a solid mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck and a genuine ebony fretboard, this Les Paul delivers a bold, muscly acoustic voice with great articulation and warmth.
The original 490R and 498T humbuckers 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. Weighing 9lbs 6oz (on the lighter side for a Custom of this era), this Les Paul has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and more overall heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard sports pearl block inlay and original frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, just shy of medium jumbo in width and offering plenty of meat. The frets show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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, with a pair of stock Gibson 490R and 498T humbuckers wired to the original harness with Gibson-embossed Alpha pots. The LPCC model designation for the Les Paul Custom Plus is present in the bridge pickup cavity. The hardware includes the Nashville bridge and stopbar, and the gold plating has plenty of shine with patina on the edges of the pickups and stoptail. Plastics include a quartet of black speed knobs, the multi-ply pickguard, and switch surround and tip.
The gloss nitro lacquer Sunburst finish splits the difference between Honey Burst and Vintage Sunburst (this one would officially fall in the latter category), highlighting the incredibly consistent and tight deep flame extending liberally across every inch of the top. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, and a few additional minor nicks and scuffs, also relegated to the back and to a lesser extent on the lower bout on top. The top is notably clean, with some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original black tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included.