Gibson Les Paul Custom AW

Electric Guitar

  • Les Paul Custom
  • Arched Maple top (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 490R Humbucker (neck), 498T humbucker (bridge)
  • Hardware: Gold-plated
  • Colour: Alpine White
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA
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  • Metal
  • Rock

Further Information

Colour White
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No

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Gibson Les Paul Custom AWG
P-Project, 17.07.2013
This is a review of a Les Paul Custom Apline White purchased from Thomann.

Firstly the service from Thomann was excellent. Very helpful communication by phone and email and a 4 day delivery time to the UK. The guitar arrived nicely packaged. I have bought from Thomann on 4 occasions now and have always
had excellent service.

Back to the guitar.

Box/Case/Guitar:
The guitar came in a sealed boxed that I think had not be opened since it left the factory in the USA. Inside was the newer Custom tan case and custom shop certificate passport. I think I prefer the older black cases but that just my opinion. The case doesnt include any candy at all. No lead,stickers,cloth etc. I like this though. Just minimal splendour. I love the Apline White finish with Gold Hardware. It's a fine looking instrument.

Build/Fit/Finish Quality:
Having watched how Gibson builds guitars on YouTube and in particular the Les Paul Custom I was impressed with the build quality and finish. I know that a lot of the build is done by hand. The binding in particualr is a highly skilled process. I also know that the white nitro finish is a demanding process as white shows all airbourne impurities when spraying. I couldn't find any flaws at all in the finish. All the hardware was fitted nicely. There is a sense of "by hand" craftsman ship with this guitar. They will all be slighly different and unique. I like that.

The only one minor "flaw" I noticed is that there must be a tiny piece of dust/wood shaving in the chamber cavity. There's a very slight noise of something moving around in there. It's not too audible and doesnt impact playing at all. I will class this as a personality trait.

Setup/Playing experience.
The out of box set-up was suprisingly perfect to my taste. The action was perfect, the fretword immaculate. It was nice to see fine tooling marks where the binding on the end of the frets had been dressed by hand. The guitar has good intonation and is resonant. The pickups were set up with good balance. This guitar plays like butter.

Sound: Im not going to be able to describe this well. Sound is too subjective. To my ears the the Custom has a wide array of sounds in the 3 pickup positions.
All genres of music could be played on this from Jazz to Metal. The tone pots are very usuable and offer a lot of variation. I have 3 Les Pauls. A 2008 Standard and Les Paul Deluxe and now the Custom. They all sound different but fabulous. I would say the Custom has a more varied musical range of tones.

Richlite v Ebony - the big debate: Initially I was a purist Ebony fan. But common sense took over. I've played a few guitars (mainly acoustics) with Richlite and cannot fault it.

My guitar has a Richlite board (calm down its ok) and I think its a fine material. Yes its not organic or as aesthetically pleasing as Ebony but as functioning material I cant fault it. It looks nice, solid, stable and jet black and plays very smoothly.

Summary:
The Custom is an outstanding instrument. It's a privelege to own and play. I would recommend trying one. Once bitten forever smitten though.
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Ramón A., 07.10.2013
A magnificent guitar, from its packaging with that guarantee of not having been opened the box, until its long sustain. Sober finish, with very good materials. The white lacquer looks hard. I've tried it on a Carvin V3. The clean answer is wonderful, in the three positions of the switch. The potentiometers are not adornment, is that one realizes that originally they were installed so that they fulfilled their function. In Overdrive channel and distortion, it is impressive its infinite ... rock in pure state. For the Blues has that sustaín to stretch the rope and get those dynamics. It's a guitar enjoyment that will not leave anyone disappointed and you realize because they have that price, and when you return to the guitars of fifteen hundred, you note what you note. Mainly I was looking for a guitar that had a lot of presence and none of those little sounds that when you play a solo you fade after a little attack and not have to use pedals help.

It's gibson, it's quality control, it's that price.

His counter is insurmountable, his weight, but it is that his weight is his sound, one thing gives the other, it is so.
It's a guitar in which you do not have to improve anything, you can personalize it, because that's so personal, but for something different, not for something better.
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