Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]

Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]

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Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983], LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983] tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]
  • Series: Les Paul
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/19/2004

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983] user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 3 reviews43 %

iamqman's review"LP all day long@ silverburst dot com"

Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]
The Gibson Les Paul guitar has to be probably one of my favorite if not my favorite guitar in the world. It has such a great for sound and tone that is pretty much unmatched with any other instrument on the planet. It has a certain unique soul to it that just feels good when you play it and is helps inspiring music with. This is the custom shop silver burst guitar which in my opinion looks kind of hokey to me. I've never really been a fan of the silver burst Gibson instruments because they look a little out of place in my opinion.


Body Species: Mahogany
Top Species: Carved maple
Back Species: Mahogany
Binding: Custom top binding - White

Species: Mahogany
Profile: 1960s slim taper
Peghead Pitch: 17°
Nut Width: 1.695"

Species: Ebony
Scale Length: 243/4"
Number of Frets: 22
Inlays: Pearloid Trapazoids
Fingerboard Binding: White

Plating Finish: Chrome
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Knobs: Black speed
Machine Heads (Tuners): Grover keystone

Neck Pickup: ’57 Classic
Bridge Pickup: ’57 Classic Plus
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch


This guitar sounds and feels like any other Gibson you've probably played. It carries a specific tone that is only a Gibson Les Paul guitar. It's nice thick and meaty which allows many players to use a load of distortion very easily. These guitars don't clean up that well so if you're playing it with a nice clean Fender amplifier then you're not really going to get that sparkly tone that you would get out of a lighter body wood. This is a great guitar for someone who really likes to silverburst. I know that some professional artists like a silver bursts such as the guy from the band Tool.


This guitars are great sounding and if you can find one for under $3000 then I would say grab it. If you are a fan of the band tool than you would probably like this guitar as well. Other than that I would suggest going with a gold top which is actually my favorite Gibson Les Paul guitar. Overall though you pretty much cannot go wrong with any Gibson Les Paul guitar.

Hatsubai's review"One of the more coveted finishes"

Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]
Thanks to Tool, these guitars are probably some of the more coveted Gibson Les Pauls out there. Ever since he started talking about how amazing they sounded, people have been buying them up like crazy, and the prices are going up. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, binding, a TOM style bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


The finish on this has aged quite a bit. When these first came out, they were vibrant silver with a black outline. However, most of these have since changed colors, and I forget the exact reason why. I believe it has to do with the clearcoat, but some people say it's the metallic flake changing colors... Regardless, this is more of a yellowish to brownish kind of color. The neck on this was very nice, and while the finish was starting to come off a bit, it played quite nicely. The guitar has been refretted as it doesn't have the standard binding on the frets, but it could probably use another refret as there were some strong wear marks around the first few frets, and the frets were already more of a medium size (I prefer jumbo).


The guitar had the stock Gibson pickups in it. I'm generally not the biggest fan of Gibson pickups, but they were decent in this guitar. The bridge pickup had some nice bite, and it sounded awesome through the JCM800 we have in the store. Throw a boost in front of that, and you got a killer metal sound that can hang with the best of them. It did a pretty cool blues tone once you rolled down the tone knob a touch. The neck pickup was much the same way, but I wish the neck pickup had a bit less treble and a bit more output. I tend to have a more legato-ish style, so these brighter and lower output pickups make me struggle a bit to play certain lead lines that I normally play with ease on other guitars.


If you can find one of these at a decent price, jump on it ASAP. The prices on these guitars keeps going up, and the more people who push for the silverburst look (that includes the guys from Mastodon) will probably keep these guitars in the higher price bracket compared to the other ones. I don't think that they have a special or unique sound when comparing these to the other guitars from this year, but that's just me.

tjon901's review"Another new Silverburst guitar"

Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]
There are many guitar colors that have come and gone many of them have been forgotten and for good reason. Silverburst went away but was always popular because of its cool look. Recently with more artists playing vintage Silverburst guitars Gibson always looking to make some money has brought back Silverburst and now you can pretty much get any guitar in their line up with the Silverburst paint job either in full production or limited models. The modern Silverburst paint job is pretty different from the original. The original wasnt very popular because the silver paint they used would turn green after a while and gave the guitars a pretty sad look. This is an Epiphone Les Paul Custom with the Silverburst paint job. The Custom is bascially a dressed up Les Paul standard. It has more binding on the body neck and headstock and has larger block inlays. I think the large block inlays give the guitar a classy look. The guitar has s 22 fret rosewood fretboard with the large block inlays. The headstock is fully bound. The body is solid mahogany. Customs do not have the maple top on the body. The color is matches well with the silver hardware to give it class. It has dual humbucking Epiphone pickups in the standard Les Paul configuration. There is a volume knob and tone knob for each pickup and a 3 way switch to switch among them. The bridge is your standard tune o matic and stop tail like you would find on most every Les Paul nowadays.


Other than the finish this is a normal Epiphone Les Paul. Its pretty bad that they can charge more for this guitar just for a different paintjob. The way they paint guitars now they can paint like a dozen of them in 5 minutes so it shouldnt really make a difference. The upper fret access on this guitar is typical for every Les Paul. Since the body joins the neck at the 17th fret you will have to reach around the body of the guitar to get to frets higher than this. This strong joint helps with tone and sustain but limits upper fret playability greatly. The neck binding on this guitar and generally helps to limit the amount of sharp fret ends you feel when playing. With any guitar made overseas you will want to get it professionally setup if you cannot do it yourself because the environment changes during shipping can cause the setup to go out of wack.


The pickups could be better. They are pretty muddy and dead. You do not get much attack with these pickups. Since these pickups do not have much definition the neck position can get really muddy. With a high gain amp the sound might get muddy due to the lack of definition. With some types of music these pickups are great. If you want a bluesy sound these pickups will do really good and you will be able to get a smooth tone out of them. With a pickup swap this guitar can sound great so I would recommend to anyone who has one of these Epiphones to try it out with some after market pickups. A set of Seymour Duncans would liven this guitar up greatly. Epiphone makes some models that come with EMG pickups from the factory. Tone should be more important than looks so if you are looking for a metal Epiphone you should check out those first.


The quality on these guitars is pretty good. The quality on the top end Epiphones is better than the low end Gibsons. There are still better guitars out there for the price. In my opinion Silverburst is getting a bit played out now. It was only cool when they were rare but now that they arent rare it is just another finish out there. If you are looking for an Epiphone in specifically Silverburst this is probably your only choice.

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

Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst [1978-1983]
This is a guitar that was manufactured in the United States between 1978 & 1981 (or 2, according to sources).
It's a 22 frets, 2 humbuckers pickups are his Gibson and she is a bridge team Tube-O-Matic (like most Les Paul). There is a knob of a Tone & volume knob for each pickup (or 4 knobs) and can switch from one another by a slecteur (the famous Rhythm / Trebble) which allows also to combine both at the same time.
His body and the handle are solid mahogany, while the key is in the table bne & Saddle is bomb. This has taken dernire rectangular pearl of great effect.
The beautiful color if CHARACTERISTICS of his body that even earned him the name (silverburst in honor of the sunburst), which is a DGRAD of the money finally to black. All the hardware is also money. Finally, the edges of the body like the neck of the head & are ivory ....


The handle (among others) is the ball. Everything has been said about these guitars. There is nothing more (and many dj !!!!) a custom of this era if not its color.
CHAC is more acute in qu'ais.
Obviously, the fact that it is solid mahogany n'allge not weight but is not a parka and besides, it has not asked (although parker either tr s good guitars). Its ergonomics are so good that its shape is one of the copy since the invention of the guitar electric.
the question "do you get a good sound easily ?...", I think it is superfluous (ah questionnaires standarts ...). Obviously ... It is a Les Paul Custom ...


It's big, fat, the Gibson Les Paul Custom if you prfrez. It should be tons of DIFFERENT styles but especially for big sound. With Marshall and other Mesa, a ring of fire of God.


It must now five years since I bought and I love it. It's a Rolls. Mine dates from 1980. I purchase but it is super state. I read that the money became verdtre after a moment ... I may be colorblind but mine is just as flashy.
I tried the guitar before the fall for it. The choice of a guitar, it's also got a case (other than financial, although sr). If we are "some" millions who drool before the MODEL is that there is a reason, despite the price.
And finally, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I would do without this choice hsiter

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