Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
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Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White

Les Paul Custom - Alpine White, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the Les Paul Custom model.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 35 reviews )
 19 reviews54 %
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Value For Money : Poor
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Hatsubai10/06/2011

Hatsubai's review"Slightly different lower horn"

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
This was a guitar made in the 80s, and they started to change things up a bit. While they were built in Nashville, small things like the lower horn and whatnot were changed. The picture above actually isn't a true representation of what this guitar is. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar had some wear on it, but it was nothing too bad. I actually find these 80s guitars to be pretty cool, although there are some things about them that are not 100% standard Les Paul. The lower horn is what sticks out the most. If you've ever seen an ESP Eclipse model that comes over here to the US, you'll notice they have a pointer lower horn. These guitars have the same. It's just something a bit different. They also have a slightly different serial number. The headstock is also different on these, so not everyone likes them. I believe these were the predecessors to the well known Heritage company that is now up and running.

SOUNDS

These have special PAFs in them generally known as Shaw PAFs. They're pretty sweet PAF pickups, and they work great for rock. The bridge is like your normal PAF, but it has a little bit more sweetness to it. I plugged this through the JCM800 we have, boosted it, and I got an amazing Slash tone going on. The neck was also pretty cool. I got a very sweet blues tone in the neck with this guitar. However, if it were my personal guitar, I'd probably replace them. If you do replace them, you might want to keep the pickups for a bit as they can be a bit hard to find. If you decide to sell them, you might be able to get some good money for them on the used market depending on how the economy is going.

OVERALL OPINION

While these guitars are a bit different from what you normally see, I find that they're pretty much all your standard Les Paul. It may look just a hair different, but it still has that classic sound that everyone knows and loves. The guitar was also weight relieved, so it didn't have that back breaking issue like the 70s one tended to have. They can be hard to find on the used market, but you can generally get a good deal once you find one as purists tend to not like these.
Hatsubai10/05/2011

Hatsubai's review"Huge tone in this"

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
This is one of the newer Customs, and you'll get some varying opinions as to whether these are good or not. I personally tend to prefer these guitars over a lot of the other eras as they tend to be a bit more consistent, but they still don't hold a candle to the old maple neck mid 70s models out there. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

These models are put together very well. The first thing you notice is that the finish itself was pretty much flawless. I couldn't find any drips or any issues where the binding meets the paint. The nut itself was cut perfectly, so there were no tuning problems to worry about. The frets on this were nicely leveled, and I was able to get some nice action going. The ends were also not sharp, so it didn't hurt your hand every time you went up and down the neck.

SOUNDS

I wasn't a huge fan of the stock pickups in this thing. Then again, I'm not the biggest fan of Gibson pickups to begin with. The bridge was powerful, but it lacked what I usually look for in a bridge pickup. I like the pickup to be clear and tight, but it seemed to be voiced more towards the vintage side of things. The neck sounded decent, but I'd like it to be more powerful and smoother sounding. I'm a sucker for those ultra smooth guitar tones for leads, but that's probably because I use them as a bit of a crutch for lead playing.

OVERALL OPINION

If you search long enough, you can find a good deal on these. However, you'll want to be vary wary of fakes. Ebay is flooded with fakes made overseas, and if you don't know any better, you could be suckered into buying a guitar that sounds like crap and plays even worse. If you're going to buy used, which I recommend you do, be sure to check out the different forums that regularly sell Gibsons and other higher end guitars. You'll be less likely to be burned that way, although you're still taking a bit of a risk when you do that.
King Loudness08/30/2011

King Loudness's review"A beautiful Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
The Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty is a guitar that was originally designed in the fifties as a classier, more upmarket version of the goldtop model that was called the "Standard." The guitar has gone through a few feature changes since then, but the core specs are still quite similar to a late fifties example. It features all mahogany construction (no maple cap as per the Standards) an ebony fretboard (as opposed to rosewood on the Standard) block inlays, 22 frets, Grover tuners, tune-o-matic bridge with stoptail, and a pair of Gibson humbuckers (The modern Custom is loaded with the 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge.) It's topped off with a really classy black finish with gold hardware and a multiply binding all around the guitar that really helps to bring out the elegant vibe of this guitar. The Gibson Les Paul Custom is (fittingly) now constructed in Gibson's Custom Shop plant in the USA.

UTILIZATION

The Les Paul Custom is not a guitar that I'd consider to be ergonomic particularly. The modern Custom is not chambered like many modern Les Pauls and thus it is quite a heavy guitar in general. It's not an instrument I would want to play for multiple 2-3 hour sets to be sure! It certainly is a guitar that you feel when you're playing, so if you're one of those cats who digs having a "real heavy Les Paul," the Custom is definitely worth looking into. The Les Paul shape/design is not one that lends itself naturally to things like shred or fast playing (you do have to work a bit harder on one of these) but it is certainly an easy guitar to play if you're a fan of the feel of Gibsons. The shorter scale is one that I've come to love for my own playing style, so it's all a matter of preference. The upper fret access is a bit of a chore on this guitar considering that it's not particularly light or sculpted near the neck heel, but again, when the guitar was designed, things like uber-fast playing weren't in vogue at the time and hey, it worked well enough for our pal Les Paul himself!

SOUNDS

I've tried a few Customs through a whole plethora of different amps with great results. Because of the heavier weight and all mahogany construction of these guitars, it's got a great thick tone that is definitely different and unique to the guitar. Compared to the Les Paul Standard, it's definitely darker and has a much more pronounced low end. The lack of a maple top takes away a lot of high end sparkle, and the ebony fretboard is definitely a bit harder and sharper sounding than the rosewood used on many other LPs. I love both guitars for their tone, but they;re fairly different sounding guitars that work well for different application. I would say the Custom is a better guitar for precision work (IE: jazz, modern metal, shred) where notes really have to stand out with a clear voice. The more forgiving nature of the Standard is more suited to blues and classic rock styles.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Gibson Les Paul Custom is a guitar for the ages and is well worth considering if you want a great Les Paul to compliment a Standard or sound unique and cool on its own. At about $3,800 new they are not cheap, but you can find them quite easily used for about $2,400 without issue. They're great guitars that have a voice that is separate from the Standard but is definitely the voice of a real Gibson Les Paul guitar!
Hatsubai06/23/2011

Hatsubai's review"The snappier sounding Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
The Les Paul Custom has gone through a tone of changes throughout the years. The one I'll be focusing on in this review will be the one currently available on the market today. It features all of the same specs that people know and love from a Les Paul -- a mahogany body with a maple top, a set mahogany neck, 22 frets, binding, two humbuckers, a hard tail TOM bridge, two volume knobs, two tone knobs, two humbuckers and a three way switch. However, the absolute biggest change would happen to be the ebony fretboard. That's mainly the feature that makes this guitar a "Custom"

UTILIZATION

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is an amazing guitar that sounds absolutely huge. The neck profiles vary depending on what year you buy, and the one I played had a fairly thick neck. Some people will dislike this, but it was never a huge deal to me. I seem to be able to adapt from super thin necks like the Wizards to extremely thick Nocaster necks without much of a problem. The flatter radius on this was wonderful, and it allowed me to lower the action lower than a normal Strat would allow. The tuners on this model aren't as bad as the older Standard model, but I'd still replace them with locking tuners.

SOUNDS

The Custom really excels in sound. Normally, Gibson Les Pauls are very thick sounding. This works great for most styles of music, but sometimes it lacks a tad bit of clarity for genres such as metal, especially once you start tuning lower. The ebony fretboard on this guitar helps add some sizzle and bite that allows the guitar to cut through the mix without sounding thin. I'm not a fan of the pickups, so I always replace both those and the pots. This really opens up the guitar and makes it not only more aggressive but more versatile as well.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're searching for a Les Paul Custom, be sure to try a bunch out in your local music store. The quality control on Gibson guitars can be really iffy. The biggest things to look for would be tuning stability and fretwork. Pay particular attention to fretwork as that's what can really make or break a guitar. If you're looking for a metal guitar, it's really hard to beat this thing. Just be careful of the weight.
Hatsubai05/02/2011

Hatsubai's review"The snappier sounding Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
The Les Paul Custom has gone through a tone of changes throughout the years. The one I'll be focusing on in this review will be the one currently available on the market today. It features all of the same specs that people know and love from a Les Paul -- a mahogany body with a maple top, a set mahogany neck, 22 frets, binding, two humbuckers, a hard tail TOM bridge, two volume knobs, two tone knobs, two humbuckers and a three way switch. However, the absolute biggest change would happen to be the ebony fretboard. That's mainly the feature that makes this guitar a "Custom"

UTILIZATION

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is an amazing guitar that sounds absolutely huge. The neck profiles vary depending on what year you buy, and the one I played had a fairly thick neck. Some people will dislike this, but it was never a huge deal to me. I seem to be able to adapt from super thin necks like the Wizards to extremely thick Nocaster necks without much of a problem. The flatter radius on this was wonderful, and it allowed me to lower the action lower than a normal Strat would allow. The tuners on this model aren't as bad as the older Standard model, but I'd still replace them with locking tuners.

SOUNDS

The Custom really excels in sound. Normally, Gibson Les Pauls are very thick sounding. This works great for most styles of music, but sometimes it lacks a tad bit of clarity for genres such as metal, especially once you start tuning lower. The ebony fretboard on this guitar helps add some sizzle and bite that allows the guitar to cut through the mix without sounding thin. I'm not a fan of the pickups, so I always replace both those and the pots. This really opens up the guitar and makes it not only more aggressive but more versatile as well.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're searching for a Les Paul Custom, be sure to try a bunch out in your local music store. The quality control on Gibson guitars can be really iffy. The biggest things to look for would be tuning stability and fretwork. Pay particular attention to fretwork as that's what can really make or break a guitar. If you're looking for a metal guitar, it's really hard to beat this thing. Just be careful of the weight.
rissons07/13/2009

rissons's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
See more advice for the description I would not do better.

UTILIZATION

The neck is super nice string action set very low, not too thick round for me is fine.
Ergonomics is not bad, it is far from the comfort of a stratum ', no indentations on the back, the weight is slightly higher but much less than my les paul deluxe.
No comments on access to acute, it is a les paul not a SG that is all.

SOUNDS

It is said that the strata 'are the most versatile guitars but the Les Paul Custom is great on this too. In neck pickup was a fabulous jazz sound, we go to the Gary Moore with the distortion and sound microphone is extra sharp. I think the ebony fingerboard plays a lot on the sound, it gives a little cutting edge and I love acid.

OVERALL OPINION

I did that for a month but I love this guitar and do probably never sell it. The look initially prompted me to buy it, the sound convinced me of the rest. I expect to see the polish as the other comments from owners of the scratch mefont a little afraid, we'll see but for now it is only happiness.
I had occasion, in nine and left as I do is really expensive but there is little OCCAZ 'is not much choice.
cmoa8301/02/2008

cmoa83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
So my turn: it is an old bed damme of 1970 color of wine and gold acastillage
guitar mahogany and ebony fingerboard US / mother of pearl boxes 22.
Flat handle section and 1 / 2 Round crasis enough.
almost flat table without Chanfrain
Gibson pickups, 2 doubles ... uh ... I do not know what the. no vibrato.

UTILIZATION

The flat handle section and 1 / 2 round enough crasis provides a real joy when you walk around.
The ebony fingerboard / mother is a delice% 20for% 20the% 20doigts. ( http://delice%20pour%20les%20doigts. )
Although it is not the tuning for years, a frieze does not even rule action with a low trs.
Although trs old, the varnish does not seem to sch during sessions prolong aparaissent fingerprints in the varnish, but a funny thing ... do not cole. ??
access to the treble is not the best.
lack of Chanfrain gache on the table a little comfort and grip as it is Paisse: 5cm against just 3.5 for my Parker
sitting and playing fairly galley, it stings the nose easily and quickly you end up slumped over, standing more problems ... except .... uh scoliosis that goes with it! lol but with a good wide strap well ... more problems! lol
it is heavy, but certainly it is a treat and sounds! even a vacuum is fun to play with.

SOUNDS

This old damme has received some modified electronic. 2 more international help split the pickups or the cross. 7 positions in any
which give clear sounds beautiful. trs warmly, but crystal-clear round or trs ... in all cases well-defined trs.
sounds too saturated trs are good, not drafts. but trs typ gibson ... I can not define a sound but its a gibson .... it! for more modern sounds, and the handle faster using my Parker. .. but I come back to fawn all over my Les Paul because it sounds better anyway, and with my preamp (prophesy) it addresses many styles.

OVERALL OPINION

guitar United States in 1970 bought a grip of cherry (cherries heu. .. 3) there are 5 or 6 years
trs guitar type sounds ... even a vacuum. It's heavy but it is happiness.
I bought other gitar (jackson, Godin, Ibanez RG and sword, parker, yamaha, peavey I've sold ... except the gibson ..
Certainly, it's upscale but g tried other premium brands and did not sound as good and bad feeling so should really be no magic in this skyscraper.
But the magic that pays money and the guitar is not the door of every budget.
(Except the super RARE good deal like mine found in an attic.)
fuzzstone05/12/2007

fuzzstone's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
Well, it's a gibson, then recess made in United States, for the characteristics of the machine, everybody know them by heart .... And for those who'd forgotten:

- Mahogany body
- Table Maple
- Grover
- In neck Mahogany
- Ebony fingerboard 22 frets
- Tune-o-Matic
- Micro 490R alnico neck double + double 498T bridge pickup
- 3 position selector
- 2 volumes + 2 tones
- Gold hardware

the model of 2005, comes in a flight case stamped custom shop classy, ​​with certificate of authenticity.

could chippoter the choice of microphones but we'll get later ...

Just one caveat, this skyscraper has two years and the hardware begins to have a dirty appearance (like dive anywhere .. yuck ...), turns white creme (y'en who loves good .. but when 'we bought a white skyscraper that is not found with a guitar vanilla!) and varnish tends to make funny halo .... on the table for scratching a 3500 zoros hum ... um ...

UTILIZATION

Well, the handle is really comfortable ... no way ... it hangs a lot, I knew better on a standard 90's.
access to acute is good, but not whopping passes without too much problem (all scratch to us any day we want to buy a guitar riffs over chained them without much problem then .. (Clapton, Page, Beck , Richards), ergonomics is against nickel to my liking. perfect form, heavy weight, but not bad (well I like those who think it's going to n'on heavy ibanez ...).. . ... a timeless classic

To the question "do you get a good sound easy?" be answered: have you one good performance with a ferrari?

SOUNDS

And here is the chapter for which you buy a gibson (custom or else for that matter ..).
One can quibble about the time that Gibson's classic climbs couple 490R/498T present on half of its cataloque a rape that want the Premium (would not that the price ..) but just the connected and all is forgotten!
we're not added to the sound, this guitar sounds plugged into anything!
cube of 30, Marshall MG30, peavey 5150, Orange Rockerverb 50, jtm30 marshall, the sound is very good at worst (MG30), the most sublime (orange Rockerverb)!
As for wondering what the sound of the Les Paul, and many listen "Beggars Banquet" of stones, "too much too soon" for Dolls, etc. ..
Just know that you can play everything on the rapier, the cushy country to the heaviest metal with ease and without multi digital effects and other thing supposed to improve your sound.
for short here are some tests done with my JTM 30:
- 490R + channel clear his jazzy, not a disorder (such confidential gainsbourg)
- 498T + channel clear: country, blues, folk ... (the integral of Creedence Clearwater Revival)
- Boost 490R + channel / gain at noon: rock seventies (Electric Warrior T Rex)
- 498T + Boost channel / gain at noon: hard rock and roll (Led Zep, Guns, AC / DC ..)
- 498T + boost / gain was 10: Hard & Heavy (Metallica, The Stooges Fun House, etc. ..)

Wholesale merchants and other distortion overdrive not sell their stuff to those who can not buy a Les Paul Custom is so unfair ..

to be objective about the rating I would say 15 out of 10 ... and I am serious .....

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar belongs to the other guitarist in my band, buy new two years ago, and it is often true output to heat lamps to warm an amp in flight case, I have been able to measure How fast this beautiful skyscrapers that tarnished the cosmetic point of view. damage seen the selling price ...

mechanically against nothing wrong, the knobs do not spit yet, the mechanics are good tuning, the pickups howl as always, short on that side, that of happiness.

So here, on the one hand you have a piece of rock history, a sound entered the collective unconscious, the master of rock standard fat, short, a legend ... the other a scratch after all, not so well done that (I'm not talking about the quality of wood ...), but the rest of the defects that can not forgive an epiphone Chinese (like the hardware that this pic .. hmm .. re . info for my Riviera made in Korea which has yet the same age has no impairment of the 10th and gibson is no better maintained.) varnish that some defended by saying that it must maintain, blah blah .. and and
HEY! it is not a rock'n'roll guitar museum piece to showcase (quoique. ..).
And yet it's seen it all, despite all this, well, a quality / price ratio deplorable, day or my abilities allow me, I would sign the check for 3500 euros with both hands ... and whistling in Whole Lotta Love more!
flyingfish3108/02/2003

flyingfish31's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Alpine White
-It is manufactured in the United States!
-It has 22 frets, pickups and original for now (The Dimarzio soon as possible!)
-It is equipped as a Lespaul classic Chevallet fixed!
-I do not really all the settings (everything is thoroughly ...!)
-It has a relatively thick handle, pleasant to the touch, precise but very tiring!
-If you have back problems ..!!! FORGET IT!! It weighs "three and a half tons ..: and stand for a concert is an achievement Physical ...........

UTILIZATION

-The handle is comfortable to the touch, but a little too thick for my taste!
-If you have large fingers, use should not pose too much problem, even if the walks in the treble are not particularly easy!
Guitar-balanced, but weight issue ... Hell! (Guitar Schwarzenegger ...!!!)
-The sound is impeccable, GIBSON It!!

SOUNDS

"It is one of my first guitar, I bought it, leaving me influenced by my surroundings, it is a very good instrument, but with a little back, it does not suit my style of music, the weight ... and lack of floyd me "frustrated" ..!
-I currently play on a "PEAVEY Studio Pro 50" and an "RV" all-tube, with a phalanx of effects and racks (30 BOSS ME, Marshall Shredmaster, WHA WHA CRY BABE, etc ...)

OVERALL OPINION

-I for at least 10 years!
-The "+": A BIG's easy to have the quality and finish, it is beautiful ..!!!!! The "--": Too heavy, too thick and round!
-Before the Lespaul I played on copies of Start.
Super-quality in all areas, but even a cheap qud .... The price of a guitar legend ..!