Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
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Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011

Les Paul Classic Custom 2011, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 6 reviews )
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tjon90101/18/2012

tjon901's review"What an affordable LPC?"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
Gibson is not really known for their reasonably priced guitars. In fact its quite the opposite. With 2011 a lot of strange things went on at Gibson. They were forced to change some of their construction methods and materials. As a result some guitars came out with features that should have been above their price range. This is one of those guitars. This is the Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom. The big change on this guitar is the Baked Maple fretboard. This is what they are using now instead of rosewood. The color varies widely with this wood from very pale like maple to dark like rosewood. If you put some lemon oil on it the fretboard will darken up and give you a better look. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top. The finish on this model is black so it looks like all the classic black beauty Les Paul Customs. The neck is mahogany with the aformentioned baked maple fretboard. The fretboard has block inlays like a Custom should. It has the big custom headstock with the split diamond inlay. Everything is bound and the body is double bound.

UTILIZATION

Gibson playability is Gibson playability at this point. There are only a few guitars were it is any different like on the Axess models. This model has your standard Gibson fare. This model comes with the 60s neck so it is a bit thinner and faster. The baked maple fretboard is smooth and gives you a feel similar to ebony. The upper fret access isnt great but thats part of the Les Paul playability.

SOUNDS

People who say the fretboard change is going to ruin the Les Paul sound are all wrong. The fretboard has very little impact on the sound of an amplified guitar. The pickups and bodywood are what are important when it comes to an electric guitar amplified. Real Gibson Les Paul Customs come with Burstbuckers but I prefer the 57 Classics that come in this guitar and other cheaper guitars. They are both good PAF copies but I think the 57 Classic is the better of the two in my opinion. They have the vowel quality and good sag. If you are looking for vintage Les Paul tone these pickups are going in the right direction. The classic tones pour out of the guitar and once you are playing you wont remember that this isnt a 4000 dollar Les Paul Custom.

OVERALL OPINION

This is probably one of the best alternatives to a Les Paul Custom you can get. It is a real Gibson with all the right features. The only difference is the fretboard. Once setup they will both play great. If you think having any ebony fretboard is worth paying 2200 dollars more by all means pay full price, but the baked maple fretboard doesnt feel much different and with some lemon oil or something you can darken it right up so hardly anyone will notice your guitar is different. If you are looking to buy a new Les Paul Custom you should check out the Classic Custom first to see if you can save yourself a bunch of money.
tjon90112/02/2011

tjon901's review"Is it a Custom?"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
To me this is one of the stranger Gibson models to come out in this period in 2011. With Gibson having problems around their rosewood fretboards they are putting out guitars with baked maple fretboards. They put the maple in an oven and it makes it harder and smoother and also darker. It looks like really pale rosewood but feels like ebony. This guitar is pretty much a Les Paul Custom but with the baked maple fretboard. I find this interesting because Les Paul Customs dont come with rosewood fretboards which they are replacing with baked maple they come with ebony fretboards. This may be the reason why this guitar only cost 1800 USD currently while a Les Paul Custom with an ebony fretboard costs over 4000. I guess they are trying to tell me a fretboard costs 2200 dollars. Either way this is not 2200 dollars less of a guitar just because the fretboard is different. This is a decent guitar and for all intents and purposes its a Les paul Custom. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top. The finish on this model is black so it looks like all the classic black beauty Les Paul Customs. The neck is mahogany with the aformentioned baked maple fretboard. The fretboard has block inlays like a Custom should. It has the big custom headstock with the split diamond inlay. Everything is bound and the body is double bound. The pickups are a set of 57 classics and the controls are typical Les Paul.

UTILIZATION

The playability on this guitar is fine. The baked maple feels like ebony since it is so hard and dense. I hear it is also more stable under temperature changes. This model has the 60s neck profile so it is nice and easy to play. The body is not chambered so it feels like a real Les Paul and sounds like one. These Les Paul Customs look super classy with the binding everywhere. I think that is one of the main reasons so many people go for them.

SOUNDS

Im sure there are people that think the maple fretboard is going to totally ruin the sound of the guitar but I dont think it makes that much of a difference. Side by side you cant really tell by listening. The pickups make more of an impact. This guitar comes with decent Gibson pickups so that is good. This guitar has 57 classics from and rear. There are some full priced Les Paul Customs that come with Burstbuckers, why I do not know. 57 Classics are some of Gibsons better stock pickups. They have a very PAF like tone of them. They have the vowel quality and good sag. If you are looking for vintage Les Paul tone these pickups are going in the right direction. Some of Gibsons other pickups are a bit to hot or compressed to get you the real oldschool Gibson tones even though they are in Gibson guitars.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are looking to buy a Les Paul Custom you should check out this guitar first. Its 2000 bucks less but its not 2000 dollars less of a guitar. You can save yourself some money. If you are dead set on Les Paul Custom looks you can dye the fretboard. No one would be able to tell you arent playing a full Les Paul Custom. Real customs are way overpriced at nearly 5000 dollars. You can get all but the most exotic PRS guitars for a lot less than that. You can also get this guitar for less than half of that and it has just about everything you would get on a Les Paul Custom.
tjon90111/15/2011

tjon901's review"70s style Les Paul Custom"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
I wonder how in the future we will look back of the Gibsons of 2011 and think about them. With their trouble in getting rosewood they have gone back to maple as a fretboard material on their non ebony models. They used a lot of maple in the 70s in the Norlin era but no one likes those guitars any more. With these modern baked maple Les Paul they kind of look funny to me. Some of them have really dark maple like they are trying to pass it off as rosewood and some look like straight maple that you would find on a strat. This guitar caught my eye because of its finish. I am always drawn to the Les Pauls with the big Custom headstock. This guitar reminds me of the maple fretboard Les Paul Customs of the 70s. This is the Les Paul Classic Custom. Normally this would have a rosewood fretboard. This is like a Standard with the inlays and headstock from a Custom. This is the natural finish one. I think this finish suits the guitar best. You get a mahogany body with a maple top. The neck is mahogany in the fast 60s profile. The fretboard is baked maple with 22 frets and block inlays. The headstock is the big custom design with the split diamonds. The pickups are a set of Classic 57s with the traditional control layout.

UTILIZATION

Looks aside the baked maple fretboard is hard and smooth and feels a lot like ebony. The natural finish is still finished so it is very durable compared to like the Faded models. The 60s neck give you that thinner Gibson profile that everyone likes. The neck is nice as fast and has an SG feel to it. Other than this it is pretty much a basic Les Paul. The body is not chambered so you get full weight and full tone.

SOUNDS

Some experts might tell you that a maple fretboard is going to make a Gibson sound like a strat but dont believe them. An electric guitar once its plugged in the woods make little difference in amplified tone. In electric guitars amplified tone is effected by the construction of the guitar and the pickups. The Classic 57 pickups in this are some of Gibsons best. It takes a Les Paul Custom for them to put good pickups in a guitar. They have a very traditional PAF tone. The bridge has a spongy bite. They are not super high output but they hold their composure well. Both pickups how the vowel like sound you get on PAF style pickups. This trait makes them great for slow leads like blues and in jazz.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find these new Classic Custom guitars for less than 2000usd which makes them some of the cheapest Les Paul Customs for sale currently. A normal black Les Paul Custom costs close to double what these cost. If you dont mind the fretboard you are basically getting the same guitar. You could always dye the fretboard as well so it looked like ebony and it would look exactly like a traditional Les Paul Custom then. I do not expect Gibson to have to make baked maple guitars for much longer so it will be interesting to see if these guitars go up in value in the future. Maybe they will be seen as guitars from a strange period in Gibsons history and something to be collected.
Phe Lew11/25/2013

Phe Lew's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good scratch !!!"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
Made in USA
Mahogany body and maple top
Tune o Matic and Stopbar as usual.
Channel 60's like 22 boxes with key maple roasted
2 Classic 57 pickups
2 volume, 2 tone, traditional 3-position selector

USE

Handle very nice. Some apprehensions before receiving the guitar on the button roasted maple, quickly dispelled as very close to ebony in my opinion, both in hit that noise. Sensation of a smooth, dense button.
The weight is very decent for a Les Paul, 4.2 kg.
One branch, it sounds!

SOUNDS

No doubt it is a Les Paul is bold (even very fat with the neck pickup) and bleeding with the bridge pickup. This is a guitar that can play in any records, metal to jazz.

NOTICE GLOBAL

Mine is 2012, bought in super condition Cygnus. Gibson factory more. Yay! That makes it even more class in her beautiful black dress ...
Phe Lew11/25/2013

Phe Lew's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good scratch !!!"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
Made in USA
Mahogany body and maple top
Tune o Matic and Stopbar as usual.
Channel 60's like 22 boxes with key maple roasted
2 Classic 57 pickups
2 volume, 2 tone, traditional 3-position selector

USE

Handle very nice. Some apprehensions before receiving the guitar on the button roasted maple, quickly dispelled as very close to ebony in my opinion, both in hit that noise. Sensation of a smooth, dense button.
The weight is very decent for a Les Paul, 4.2 kg.
One branch, it sounds!

SOUNDS

No doubt it is a Les Paul is bold (even very fat with the neck pickup) and bleeding with the bridge pickup. This is a guitar that can play in any records, metal to jazz.

NOTICE GLOBAL

Mine is 2012, bought in super condition Cygnus. Gibson factory more. Yay! That makes it even more class ...
célestin5709/15/2013

célestin57's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" affordable legend"

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2011
Gibson les paul custom 2011 classic cream
made in usa
Mahogany body Mahogany neck 60 slim type
maple fingerboard torrifié
maple table
micro classic 57
grover mechanical

UTILIZATION

I have this guitar for a little over a month and I get tired of playing it. being a pro-Ibanez, my reaction vis-à-vis the handle scared me but my fear is quickly faded. Access to acute is that of a Les Paul but not enough to make a drama. Many people are septic compared to maple fingerboard. First, it is much darker than the pictures on the net suggests. Even more than the rosewood my ibanez iceman button. Otherwise what to say except that it is beautiful? a true custom half price.

SOUNDS

Playing on an orange jim root terror I am not well placed to comment cleans sounds but the little I play clean so please me more than well. After the fat is very fat .. And fat, that's life. The classic 57 is insane. They titillate the metal more than fine as long as it does not itself trhash black metal core doom the mother who kills. Although it surprises ... (In years) We immediately reassure vor of grover mechanics. However, it took me tightened for the guitarene parraisse me wrong every 5 mins. Then nickel. I also note that the switch does not shake too. And the piguard already looks 10 years old but I doubt that it comes from the quality of guuitare outrement is exellent.

OVERALL OPINION

A cheap custom with the look and the sound that kills that you retue. no ebony ..? saves 10 years for such a substantially affected. I remake that choice without hesitation. Some tiny adjustments and the road to the legend of rock and roll to you