Gibson Custom Shop - Les Paul Classic Mahogany
Gibson Custom Shop - Les Paul Classic Mahogany

Custom Shop - Les Paul Classic Mahogany, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Hatsubai 07/21/2011

Gibson Custom Shop - Les Paul Classic Mahogany : Hatsubai's user review

« Great guitar but ugly inlays »

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The Gibson Classic has always been one of those ugly duckling guitars for whatever reason. Most people didn't buy the standard model, so I'm not sure why they made this one. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


The inlays on this thing are absolutely ugly as sin. I have no clue why Gibson thinks people would like those green inlays. All the inlays I've seen that were aged look more yellow, not green. I noticed that some of these guitars have some fretwork and nut issues. The frets can sometimes have level issues which will cause issues with you start to lower the action. If you notice some fretting out on certain frets, this is probably a good indicator that you need to get your frets leveled. The edges can sometimes be sharp, too. The nuts can also be problematic at times. If you ever tune your guitar and notice some odd sort of ping, then the guitar goes sharp, your nut is binding. You'll need to get your nut recut if that's the case. This one, thankfully, had no issues.


The guitar sounded pretty good stock. I'm not a huge fan of the Gibson pickups that come in this thing, so keep that in mind. The bridge is high output ceramic pickup, sounds thick and gives that standard Les Paul kind of vibe. The neck is a bit too bright for my liking, but it does the job. I like adding a JB/59 combo in these guitars. It's a bit cliché, but the combo really works well. With the JB in the bridge, you get that high output kind of vibe that really pushes the front end. The 59 in the neck is super fat and smooth. It allows for crazy legato while still remaining clear.


The pickups in this thing are pretty hot, and if you can get past the ugly green inlays, it can be a pretty cool guitar. However, it's quite expensive, and if you're on a budget, I recommend just getting the regular Custom model. It'll be a better deal in the long run since you can get them pretty cheap for a Gibson.