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Gibson Les Paul Custom Limited 50th Anniversary Guitar 1960 Reissue - Black Beauty

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Limited 50Th 1960 Reissue- Black Beauty Accessory

Gibson Les Paul Custom Limited 50th Anniversary Guitar 1960 Reissue - Black Beauty

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


This is a 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom 50th Anniversary Black Beauty, made around 2010.

One of only 200 made in the Gibson Custom Shop.

The serial # range for this Limited Run of 200 is: 00700 – 00899, with serial # 00700 being the first in the run and serial # 00899 being the last.

This black beauty is serial number 00766

It will come with the original hard case. Condition is just about perfect, I could not find a single notable blemish. Neck is straight, action is perfect, super well cared for.

This guitar is a faithful replica of the 1960 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. The body is made out of one piece of mahogany with no weight relief, just like the original. 

A pair of Gibson’s BurstBucker humbucking pickups—a #1 in the neck for smooth, articulate tones and a #2 in the bridge for more sting and punching power—accurately represent the legendary PAFs of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and are made with unpolished alnico magnets and coils that are wound with unequal turns of 42-gauge enamel-coated wire to induce that single-coil like bite and edge of the originals. To top it all off, routing them through high-quality CTS pots and “bumblebee” tone capacitor keeps your signal sweetly vintage.

Just as significant, though, are the details that you don’t see: the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is built with the long neck tenon that gave added resonance and sustain to the original, its period-correct nylon nut is cut on the PLEK for ultimate accuracy, and beneath the guitar’s gloss Ebony finish lies a body carved from one piece of solid mahogany, a tonewood known for its blend of warmth, richness and clarity.  

50th Annivesary 1960 Les Paul Custom 'Black Beauty'

When Les Paul and Gibson president Ted McCarty conceived of the Les Paul Custom model in the early ’50s, it was as a top-of-the-range partner to the Goldtop, and later sunburst, Les Paul Standard, with upgraded appointments and an Ebony finish to match the “black-tie” dress at the kinds of functions where it would be right at home. 

The “Black Beauty” debuted late in 1953 to instant acclaim, but it would be a few years before the design would reach its zenith. The 1960 Les Paul Custom, upgraded with two gold-plated PAF humbucking pickups and a super-fast, slim neck, is often considered the epitome of the breed—and its back and dressed for the ball, in the form of the Gibson Custom Shop’s new 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom. Just like the original—intended to emulate the tux a jazz artist would wear to perform at a formal function—the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom has a high-gloss nitrocellulose Ebony finish, multi-ply binding on body and headstock, an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block markers, a larger headstock with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay, and gold-plated hardware throughout.

Cosmetic Condition:
9/10 = Excellent. Perfect physical condition, gently used.. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab.

Exactly as pictured and described above.

Original Hard Case as pictured.

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Original MSRP:

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Features at a Glance:
• Solid, Non-weight relieved 1-piece carved top mahogany body
• Multi-ply binding on top and back
• 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
• 1960 neck profile
• Holly headstock veneer
• B() serial number (new sequence)
• Ebony fingerboard - 22 frets
• Pearl Block Inlays
• Single-ply binding
• 24-3/4" scale length
• 1-11/16" width at nut
• Gold Grover kidney tuners
• ABR-1 no wire bridge
• Stop Bar tailpiece - light weight gold
• Burstbucker 1 - mounted with slotted screws
• Burstbucker 2 - mounted with slotted screws
• Black top hat knobs with gold volume/tone inserts
• Ebony - Gloss (antique all over)

50 lbs.

Approximate Age:

SKU: 104505