Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina Mint rare
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina Mint rare

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gibson les paul custom 177662506381116310 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina Mint rare

Wow! This guitar has Stage Presence! You are looking at a mint, very hard to find, and very unique Les Paul.  I don't think any other Les Paul has all these features. This is a U.S.A. Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina in Riverside Red (Nitro Lacquer)!  Limited production from 1997-1999,  available in three colors, Riverside Red, Canary Yellow and Cascade Green, all in Nitro Cellulose Lacquer.  I don't know the total production numbers. Overall the Les Paul Catalina in my opinion is one of the coolest Les Paul models Gibson produced. The hardware is nickel like the 50's and 60's. It also has Grover Rotomatic tuners, very retro and some of the best looking tuners for a Paul.  It has a beautiful stock white pearloid pick guard and truss rod cover,  white pickup rings, white binding, ebony fingerboard and MOP trapezoid inlays ( the shape usually found on the Les Paul Standard rosewood board guitars, typically ebony board customs have block inlays) and MOP Custom Shop identification inlay on the headstock like no other Gibson I remember seeing.  The fingerboard is a compound radius. I think it's 10" at the nut and 14" up high, more comfortable for chording toward the nut and flatter up high for more bending room.  Typical Gibson is a straight 12".  The frets feel like vintage medium to me and the neck also has a vintage long neck tenon joint for better sustain and tone. The shape feels maybe like a 59, not baseball bat like a 57 and not real thin like a 60.  I have been told the pickups were special custom 58's or Burstbuckers. I personally think they are Classic 57's. They of course are stock. Everything on the guitar is stock, including the custom shop case. The tone of the guitar is very full, a bigger sound than other Pauls I've owned.  Very impressive. It is also very loud and resonate acoustically.  The guitar looks new to me.  Far better than some guitars I've seen new hanging in Guitar Center or other large retailers.  I think it was purchased and stored for 10 years.  Inspecting it closely I see very faint pick stroke signs under certain light angles from my playing.  Guitar polish will probably remove any traces.  I found a slight very small bruise on the corner of the headstock on the top side edge.  I can't see it w/o my reading glasses.  The guitar has never been out of my home.  The color is a little darker (the flash washes color out) than most of the photos, closer to the photo showing the neck p/u. You will not be disappointed.  Were are you going to find a rare Custom Shop Les Paul of this level for a regular production price. These are greatly under valued and are on the rise if you can find one, especially in this condition.  Super investment and a great player. Good luck. 

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