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Gibson Les Paul Custom
“The Fretless Wonder”

1958 Gibson electric guitar and amplifier catalog page 15

Gibson 1958 electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 15. Details of the Les Paul Custom; the top of the Gibson Les Paul range. The fretless wonder, as it was also known, was available from 1955, but only had the three humbucker configuration from 1957.

Here is the ultimate in a solid body Gibson Electric Spanish Guitar-players rave about its extremely low, smooth frets and easy playing action, call it the "Fretless Wonder" Now with three humbucking, adjustable pick-ups, this new and improved "Les Paul Custom" guitar has increased power, greater sustaining and a clear, resonant, sparkling tone, with the widest range of tonal colorings. Finished in solid ebony color for rich contrast with the gold plated metal fittings

Further models in the Les Paul range appear on pages 13, 16 and 17.

1958 zone 1 US price: Gibson Les Paul Custom $375

1958 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 15: Gibson Les Paul Custom
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1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Wine Red

1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Wine Red

Yazoo City, Mississippi, 391**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1976 Les Paul Custom in Wine Red. All in all, it is a very good condition player grade Norlin era custom. It has a fresh refret with medium jumbo frets. The pickups are Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Specials. Pots and switches are original, to my knowledge. The cream plastic is aftermarket. It does come with the original black pick guard. The bridge is a modern ABR bridge, but the original is included as well. The top has 3 small screw holes from an old Roland / midi pickup. The original case is... more
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Epiphone 1955 Inspired by Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Electric Guitar

Epiphone 1955 Inspired by Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Electric Guitar

Port Orchard, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Beautul epiphone 1955 inspired by gibson les paul custom outfit, like new condition, original case and candy, p90 pickups
... more
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1996-1998 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1957 57 3-Pickup Black Beauty  ~ Near MINT 1990s

1996-1998 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1957 '57 3-Pickup Black Beauty ~ Near MINT 1990s

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a beautiful 1998 Gibson Les Paul Custom 3-Pickup 1957 Historic Black Beauty!
Comes in the Original Case!
General consensus is 90's era Gibson guitars are the best, and this is no exception. A Collector's Grade!
This 1957 reissue features built with full mahogany body, built exactly as they were in the late 50??s using analine stains and long neck tenon which adds to the sustain
Has a real Ebony fretboard ?? tight and bouncy
100% original and complete with every ... more
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1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar w /  Glass Display Case  1 of a Kind!!

1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar w / Glass Display Case 1 of a Kind!!

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar w / Glass Display Case 1 of a Kind!!
Today we are offering a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar w / Glass Display Case - 1 of a Kind. It weighs 10 lbs 9 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 70" nut width. Now let's get past the fact that someone took a 1978 Les Paul and highly customized it This guitar is TRULY a 1-OF- A- KIND and it is TRULY Amazing! You can get any sound out of this baby. No modeling or digital sounds here You want a Les Paul Custom, ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1973 USA

Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1973 USA

Pasadena, California, 911**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1973 Les Paul Custom made in the USA.
Mahogany Neck, Fretless Wonder Frets, Witch Hat Amp Knobs, Waffle Back Tuners.
Original frets show no indentations or grooves.
The neck is straight as it should be and the truss rod works perfectly. Action is low and easy to play.
The pickups are strong and full sounding. Sustain is huge!
The electronics are 100% original.
A very clean example. Only slight clouding to the top coat as Gibsons often get with age. Some gold has ... more
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1982 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar Ebony LP-Original W / Case

1982 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar Ebony LP-Original W / Case

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a
1982 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar in Ebony
All original and in very nice vintage condition
Shows wear in just the right amount, in the right places. This guitar is not a perfect show piece, but rather an excellent example of an 80's LP that has not been messed with
10 1 lbs
Comes as pictured in period correct case
More pics and info available, just visit Roadhouse Vintage
Buyer pays fixed $100 shipping / insurance in the US(lower 48)
Finish ... more
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1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom Honeyburst Headstock repair

1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom Honeyburst Headstock repair

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in on Consignment is this beautiful 1975 (old format serial number) Les Paul Custom in one of the nicest Honeyburst finishes we have seen. This ole gal had its headstock broken and repaired a long time ago. It appears that they did a carbon wrap on the break. It is not the prettiest but it is very solid
Quick Details
Weight 10 lbs
Nut width 1 69
Depth at 1st Fret 0 80
Depth at 12th Fret 0 98
The body has average wear for its age with limited small dings and chips on the ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1976 in Original Hardshell Case

Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1976 in Original Hardshell Case

Bridgeport, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in factory Wine Redwith the original hardshell case. Cosmetically the guitar is in pretty goodcondition for being 47 years old, showing normal nick, dings and play wear. The LP Custom is popular with rock groups because of its amazingsustain capabilities. It has thatclassic 70's Les Paul tone. Thereis nothing that sounds better than a Les Paul turned way up, grinding out somehot riffs! The guitar weighs 10 4Pounds
... more
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1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom with all 3 original PAF pickups RARE IMPORT MODEL

1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom with all 3 original PAF pickups RARE IMPORT MODEL

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom in its original Black finish. This is a rare import guitar with the faint original factory "MADE IN THE USA" stamped above the serial number. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original hardshell case and an old English made Bulgin guitar cable. There are nicks + dings (a couple have been touched-up), finish checking, belt ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson M-8 Humbucker PAF pickup mounting rings Les Paul Custom 69

Vintage 1960's Gibson M-8 Humbucker PAF pickup mounting rings Les Paul Custom 69

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's thru 1970's "M-8" pickup mounting ring set
Correct for your late 60's or early 70's PAF equipped Gibson, including the Les Paul Black Beauty Custom!
Great shape with the original phillips ring mounting screws and springs included!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
Check our outstanding feedback and buy with confidence.... more
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RARE Vintage 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Natural +OHSC LP 1970s

RARE Vintage 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Natural +OHSC LP 1970s

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is an awesome and rare 1976 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Natural with the Original Case!
Featuring t-top stamped pickups, 1976 dated pots, original bridge, tuners, etc
This guitar is in GREAT vintage condition ~ very NICE!
Showing scratches and dents as expected giving it a killer vintage look
The original frets show some wear but still have lots of life left. Medium rounded 50s neck profile. Nice action and AMAZING playability!
There is nothing that sounds better... more
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1950s Gibson Les Paul Custom Hard Case  - Black Pebble / Marigold Lining

1950s Gibson Les Paul Custom Hard Case - Black Pebble / Marigold Lining

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For your consideration is this 1950s Gibson Les Paul Custom Hardshell Case. These Custom cases are very hard to find especially the 5 latch variety
Black Deep Pebble Tolex, Marigold Lining, Gibson Metal Badge, and Leather Covered Metal Handle. Hardware is intact including bumpers and feet. Very Good Vintage condition displaying normal wear and tear with bumps, bruises , tears,
If you are looking for an Original Home for your 1950s Les Paul Custom here's a very nice one. There are two ... more
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1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black

1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black

Smyrna, Delaware, 199**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom in Black is a fantastic addition to any musician's collection. It was purchased from the son of the original owner after his passing. It is 100% original and has had no repairs or modifications made. Stamped second, which means it had a minor, and limited cosmetic issue found at the time of production or it was built for an employee of Gibson. The guitar has no cracks or any issues. The paint has some checking and scratches (pictured) Comes with what is ... more
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Vintage 1968 Gibson Witchhat Knobs Witch Hat Black Gold Inserts Les Paul Custom.

Vintage 1968 Gibson Witchhat Knobs Witch Hat Black Gold Inserts Les Paul Custom.

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1967 - 1969 "Witchhat" knob pair
(Gold Inserts)
One VERY clean set of (2) 60's Gold knobs! Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1969 Gibson including the Les Paul Custom Black Beauty!
Correct for your 1968 - 1969 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Also correct for many gold hardware equipped Gibsons of the same era
Get it back to stock, ... more
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Vintage 1962 Gibson Centralab Guitar Pot 500k Les Paul SG Custom ES-335 345 1963

Vintage 1962 Gibson Centralab Guitar Pot 500k Les Paul SG Custom ES-335 345 1963

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Vintage 1966 Control Pot 250K Tone ES 1960's
* Vintage 1966 Gibson CTS Pots 1967 **
Very Good Condition1376601 date code250K ToneSee PhotosShipping lower 48 $19 00032124
... more
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1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom

1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom

Hillsborough, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar from the Gibson Les Paul series. It features a custom model design and is a part of the Musical Instruments & Gear and Guitars & Basses categories. Serial # 627256
... more
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Vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty! All Original & Clean W / OHSC!

Vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty! All Original & Clean W / OHSC!

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom. This guitar is all original with the pictured dings and checking being the most significant signs of wear. This is an exquisite example. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977
Authentic vintage vibe & a superb player finished in a gorgeous Wine Red. The double humbuckers sound terrific & kick out rich, robust tones. The slender profile neck is very comfortable & plays nicely anywhere on the fretboard. Fully inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so the guitar is ready for action straight out of the case ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1982 - Silverburst

Gibson Les Paul Custom 1982 - Silverburst

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1982 Les Paul Custom Silverburst
A really cool Custom in everybody's favorite color, Silverburst. This one is really well worn in a pleasing way, that gives the instrument the appealing vibe of a vintage guitar. There is plenty of lacquer checking around the body and neck, dents and dings throughout, and some wear through to the under coat and wood on the back. Many of the mainstay's of the LP Custom are seen here with multi ply body binding, pearl block inlays on the ebony fretboard, and the... more
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1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Wine Red + OHSC

1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Wine Red + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Wine Red + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to present this 1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar with a Wine Red Finish! This guitar has the tone and playability you would expect from a Les Paul Custom. Plugged in, this axe has some really nice meaty growls and great vintage like overtones! Really shimmery highs that don??t get harsh. It plays great, has a perfect neck and a quick action. This ... more
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1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.