1967 Gibson SG Custom, Polaris White, Gold hardware, Ebony fingerboard with Pearl block inlays, Three Humbucking pickups, Lyre Tailpiece & vibrola, Near mint, Finest example we have ever seen, Stunning & all original! Clean original hard shell case
became a new owner of a Gibson Les Paul, something I had been anticipating for
a long while. The Les Paul in question is a 2015 Les Paul Deluxe, part of the
Les Paul 100th anniversary collection.
The guitar is beautiful to say the least. I got my hands on the beautiful wine
red finish model, which has always been a favourite Les Paul finish of mine.
The initial experience of holding it alludes to its power, it felt heavy and
undeniably well made. Up to this point I had been more of a Fender player, and
holding the wide Gibson neck took a little bit of getting used to, but once I
did it began to feel comfortable and natural.
The guitar is abundant with little unique details. Along with the classic favourites
such as the block pearl inlays, the 2015 LP Deluxe has many little bits and
bobs making it unusual and special. Firstly, the ‘Les Paul’ logo on the
headstock is different to the script on a classic Les Paul, on the 2015 LP it
looks as though Les Paul himself has come up and signed the headstock,
preceding the ‘100’ at the end of the signature, which obviously hints to the
100 years of Lester William ‘Les Paul’ Polsfuss. The back of the headstock
features a discreet hologram of Les Paul waving, to ensure the authenticity of
the instrument. Above said hologram is the Gibson G Force automatic tuner, the
details of which I will get to later. To add to the importance of this
anniversary model, the 2015 LP Deluxe comes snug in its own gold coloured hard case.
The 2015 Les
Paul Deluxe isn’t all bells and whistles however, it does pack a punch when
plugged into an amplifier.
The sustain on this Les Paul is definitely the best I’ve experienced with my
other guitars, it is easy to control and does last for a long time! The pickups
(New LP Mini Humbuckers) really do live up to the name and give one hell of a
performance. There is virtually no hum from the pickups, and they handle
distortion extremely well, with that wholesome tone to match. The beauty of
this instrument is in its versatility. The 2015 Les Paul Deluxe can sound like
you’re rocking out Glastonbury or noodling around in a small blues bar. What I
really love is that, even without chorus, the Les Paul sounds like you’re
playing in a church, it brings its own atmosphere.
Gibson G Force. I was a little bit apprehensive about this gadget at first…a
guitar that tunes itself! Whatever next?! However, it is actually really
useful. If you are someone like me, who is incessantly lazy and finds tuning up
a real chore, then this is really helpful. All you need to do is turn the G Force
on and strum, the machine heads will spin (which is really fun to watch and I
still find rather exciting) and tune the guitar, the G Force will only turn off
when the instrument is tuned. You can also set the G Force to different
tunings, whatever your heart desires.
So, go forth
and try this lil beauty out. You will not be disappointed.
My buddy Sean Pinchin showed up for his gig in Toronto this weekend with a GORGEOUS new Gibson Custom Shop ES-330 VOS. He usual plays a 1932 National Triolian, so this was quite different for him.
I am partial to 330s because I love P-90s, and, more importantly, because I love light guitars. Unlike the 335, the 330 is fully holow - there’s no “center block” of wood in a 330. The center block was Gibson’s innovation (on top of their inventing the thinline to begin with!), to stop the uncontrollable feedback that would happen when people began amplifying archtops in the 1930s right though to the invention of the solid body electric guitar (for which several people including Paul Bigsby, Leo Fender and Les Paul, share the credit). The Gibson Thinlines (ES-330, 335, 345, 355) came out in 1959 - and they started out with dot markers on the fretboard, changing to block inlays around 1963. So if you see a vintage ES thinline line with dot markers, you know it is one of the earliest Gibson’s Thinlines. Another thing to look for is the over-sized pickguard on the very earliest 335s. Gibson was not sure if the line would succeed so they didn’t want to retool for nothing if the line failed to sell. So on the very earliest 335s they borrowed an existing pickguard from another model…but it was WAY too big. If you ever see a 335 with a pickguard that reaches back past the bridge, it’s probably a ‘59 or a '60 and is therefore worth a f*cking fortune! :D
Anyhoo: Sean’s new 330 VOS looked and sounded stunning.