I am the 2nd owner of this amazing 1997 (first year of manufacture) Honeyburst Les Paul Elegant Custom Shop. It has been well played, recorded and toured because it is; that good! The tone and balance of this guitar is extraordinary. I always thought the Elegant model was too fancy to be cool, but the ebony fingerboard and compound radius makes this Lester play effortlessly with 11's! The neck is not 60's skinny and has just enough beef to feel like an old friend. The "dynamic sound chambers" both reduce the weight (about 8.1) and increase the resonance. This guitar goes from 335 jazz smooth to sonorous scream and every thing in between. Condition as follows: as previously noted has been played. Some minor fret wear on the first 4 frets, not an issue, neck binding nubs missing at 7th and 9th fret end, very minor dings throughout, surface scratches, minor belt buckle worming on back, nickle hardware worn to a beautiful patina.... The removed nickel pick-up cover is included. Overall, call it very light genuine relic-ing, no charge! No structural issues whatsoever. All original except as noted: The pick guard is custom made plexi (like a Gretsch, creme painted on the inside), This guard required no screw holes in the body and is securely attached to the pick-up mounting rings. Easily removed. It originally came with the nasty clear guard which I tossed. The tune-omatic bridge is an upgraded to TonePros, also has a TonePros graphite nut. The included Custom Shop case has been toured. The handle was replaced and is in very good structural condition. All the latches work, Gold Custom Shop logo, cosmetic condition is fair with scuffs and vinyl dings throughout. No smoking issues. I was a Gibson dealer, sold a bunch of LP's and this is the one I kept. The winner will receive the instrument professionally packed and insured (included.)
in the depths of this guitar's AAA grade quilted maple top. Find
yourself again when you pick it up and experience playing a genuine Les
In addition to the incredible qualities you expect from a
genuine Les Paul guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop: One piece mahogany
neck, warm-toned mahogany body — this model's carved top is breathtaking
quilted maple, and it's inlays are an abalone trapezoid. The
compound radius ebony fingerboard provides a bright attack and the right
neck curve for chords near the nut and bending in the upper frets. Two
'57 Classic humbuckers deliver warm rhythm and hot, solid lead sounds.
The guitar has dynamic sound chambers that reduces weight and enhances
tone. Gibson also includes a Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and
bound body and neck with nickel hardware.
Gibson Custom Les Paul Elegant Quilt Top Electric Guitar
* Body Type: Les Paul
* Body Wood: Mahogany
* Top wood: AAA grade figured maple
* Binding: Cream binding on top and neck
* Scale Length: 24-3/4"
* Neck Joint: Set-in
* Neck: One piece mahogany
* Fretboard: Compound radius ebony fingerboard with abalone
* Frets: 22
* Nut Width: 1-11/16"
* Bridge: Fixed
* Pickups: Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
* Controls: 2 volume/2 tone/3-way selector switch
* Tuners: Grover
* Hardware color: Nickel
* Finish: Lacquer
* Other Features: Dynamic sound chambers
On Jul-18-10 at 20:22:18 PDT, seller added the following information:
PS OUR RESERVE IS MUCH MORE REASONABLE THAN THE OTHER LES PAUL ELEGANTS BEING OFFERED ON EBAY RIGHT NOW. (Probably sounds and plays better to boot!))