Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH


Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom 'C'
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA
available since March 2001
Item number 147148
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
Model Les Paul Custom
Shape LP-Style
Pickup System HH
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An absolute classic

The name Les Paul is truly iconic in the world of electric guitar, both as a guitarist and as a guitar. The Les Paul Custom was developed in 1953 after Les Paul (the man, that is) asked Gibson to make him a more luxurious version of the standard Les Paul model of the time. The Custom came – and still comes – elaborately decorated with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a "split diamond" inlay on the headstock, and multi-ply binding. And, of course, a "real" Custom always comes in a black finish with gold hardware – after all, that's what its namesake Les Paul wanted. Today, the Gibson Custom Shop ensures that the Custom still remains as desirable as ever.

Black Beauty

The Gibson Les Paul is the archetypal “single cut” electric guitar, with a design that is simply unmistakable. Underneath its all-black finish lies a mahogany body with a glued-on maple top. The neck is also made of mahogany and has an ebony fingerboard with 22 fairly flat frets, which give the Custom a crisper tone and smoother playability compared to the Les Paul Standard. You get two humbucking pickups, each with its own individual volume and tone controls, and a three-way pickup selector switch. By the way: The Les Paul Custom has always taken special modifications well. That's why there are a number of them with three pickups (Peter Frampton and Keith Richards own one, for instance), or even a Bigsby vibrato system – also available from the Custom Shop!

Not just for rockers

You can be sure to find the elegant and stylish Gibson Les Paul Custom in the music and living rooms of a great many guitar connoisseurs. The guitar has a distinct personality in terms of sound: Balanced, rich in sustain, singing, and full of character – and it always cuts through. Although often found in Rock and Blues music, the Les Paul Custom is by no means restricted to these genres, as Les Paul, a thoroughbred Jazz musician, himself proved. Whatever your musical style, however, a sturdy strap and a strong back are essential, since the Les Paul Custom owes its thick, creamy tone to its impressive weight. In the end however, its slightly shorter scale length means that this guitar practically plays itself.

About Gibson

The Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson and has its headquarters in Nashville, USA. Gibson is world famous and is loved by many musicians for its cult-status instruments. From 1936 onwards, the firm built the first mass-produced electric guitar - the ES-150. The “Les Paul”, one of the first solid-body electric guitars, followed in 1952 and remains hugely popular to this day, in great part thanks to the “humbucker” pickups installed from 1957 onwards. The range has expanded over the years to include such well-known guitar models as the SG, the Flying V, and the ES-335, as well as bass guitars and acoustic guitars including the Thunderbird bass and the Hummingbird dreadnought. Well-known artists such as Pete Townshend, Slash, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, B.B. King, Michael Patrick Kelly, and Nikki Sixx, swear by Gibson guitars.

Tone chameleon

Being the chic sister of the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom is played by musicians who know exactly what they want. Plug it into a Marshall amplifier and you’ll get the quintessential Rock sound that many of our guitar heroes, including Jimmy Page, Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde, Adam Jones, and Slash, have used time and time again. The guitar also allows you to switch between two different sounds at lightning speed, thanks to its special wiring. Just set your volume and tone controls for each pickup and use the selector switch to return to your setting. Incidentally, the popular “kill switch” stutter sounds are also only possible with such a layout: Turn one of the volume controls all the way down, then use the toggle switch rhythmically to create the stutter effect.

90 Customer ratings

57 Reviews

Very nice guitar, but...
Firebird V 06.12.2021
I have always wanted Les Paul Custom and now I decided pull the trigger and order one. Very fast delivery from Thomann through UPS Express delivery.
Stunning looks of guitar when I open the case first time.
Quality some what was as expected, flawless nitro lacquer finish, just only one thing that some parts of binding was scraped too deep, I know its hand made process and varies based on person who does the bind scraping.
Playability and feel is spot on, one of the best that I have ever felt from Les Pauls that I have played. Gladly the neck was not too thin, some where between 50´s and 60´s C profile, maybe a bit more shoulder would make it feel better for my taste.
Action was also very nicely setup in factory, only I would go a bit heavier string gage for my taste.
But then we come to reasons why I finally decided to send this beauty back to Thomann.
I finally came to a conclusion that it is way too over priced to what it really is and here is the reasons.
First, the pickups, why on earth Gibson uses this price range guitars the cheapest pickups (490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) ) that they have in their Les Paul line. You have to pay way too much more to get Gibson custombuckers on Les Paul Custom. So this means to buy Les Paul Custom Reissue 57 Balck Beauty to get custombuckers.
490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) pickups are very basic sounding pickups in my taste. Kinda too average sounding. I have played several custom shop Les Pauls with Custombuckers and those should be by default choice of pickup on this price range Gibson guitars.
Second thing, the case that the guitar was delivered was also surprisingly not any more made in Canada, it was made in Costa Rica! Very small detail, but still made me wonder if this guitar is actually this much value.
So eventually all these findings and feel of guitar made me decide to send it back, hard decision, but if I pay this much money on guitar I need that it fulfills all the expectations.


A superior Les Paul!
Praeg 08.04.2018
I bought this guitar mainly for recording purposes and for using it in music videos. First of all it's a beautiful instrument but you don't pay almost 4 grand for a piece of furniture. It excels in the sounds you get out of this masterpiece!

I know that many are sceptic about the richlite fretboards and people argue that this is not acceptable on Gibsons when you get ebony fretboards on Epiphone guitars for roughly 900¤.

At first I was also sceptic about richlite and thought it sounded a bit more harsh than the ebony fretboard but now after 3 months of playing it has begun to soften up a bit and get a more "ebony-esque" character. Compared to a 57 Black Beauty this Les Paul Custom has a more sharper sound thanks to the maple cap but in other aspects it's quite similar to the 57.

The only things I were not too happy with was some small scratches on the top of the guitar and a small ding in the binding on the headstock. But I am more concerned with the sound than the esthetics so I chose to keep the guitar because it delivers very clear chords and nice tight low end. The pickups are a bit "microphonic" as old Gibson pickups were back in the days and they are a bit too hot for high-gain sounds where they sometimes tend to pick up unwanted sounds. Having that said they work perfectly for rock, blues and jazz. If you plan on playing metal with this one I'd recommend changing the pickups.

This is an instrument meant for professional use and it's a guitar you buy once in your lifetime. If you are looking for a superior Les Paul this is it. I own one Gibson Les Paul Traditional from 2009 and it is also a great instrument but there are remarkable differencies in how much more precise a Les Paul Custom is compared to standard USA Les Pauls. If a normal Les Paul is a knife then the Custom is a scalpel.

It is worth the extra cash you put on from a normal Les Paul model in how it plays and how it sounds but the price is a bit steep for a hobby musician.


Amazing sound and playability, but disappointing finish.
Anonymous 10.01.2015
The finishing job on this guitar is far from satisfactory. There are issues with it all over the place. Just to name a few: on the neck binding, all around where neck meets body, and black is missing altogether where the neck pickup and fretboard meet (which up close is quite ugly). At this price level, I would expect much better from Gibson. I used to own a 2001 Les Paul Studio which had no such issues at all, so for a Custom to have them caught me completely by surprise.

Having said all that, I simply couldn't bring myself to return it. The setup was damn perfect straight out of the case, and the guitar feels silky smooth and gorgeous to play. And the more I play it, the more the sound and sustain on this thing just blow my mind. In short, too good to return, and I didn't care to risk sacrificing the amazing sound and playability for a nicer finish. After all, you're supposed to play the thing, not look at it.

As always, customer support at Thomann was excellent, as was the pricing in comparison to other stores.


Ultra Top !
The Custom Lover 22.03.2019
I already have a Les Paul Custom Goldtop RI 56 (P90) and now i ordered the black one (Humbuckers). This guitar is completely different, it has not the mellow tone of the Goldtop but for clean playing it is Top, when the volume is pushed it is really THE rock guitar, i love to play this guitar. Tx to Alena Meyer all my questions were answered and the guitar was delivered as promised. Tx Thomann.