The Gibson 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty brings back the epitome of beauty and elegance of the electric guitar. This very limited edition guitar celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Historic Reissues series from Gibson Custom. Fans of Gibson and guitars in general revere the Les Paul Custom Black Beauty, specifically the ones made in 1957, as some of the finest ever created. Gibson Custom brings back the guitar along with all the class, tone and prestige.
In addition to being both a stunning, period-correct recreation of the ’57 Les Paul Custom and a collectable Anniversary model, this 1957 Black Beauty marks two very significant milestones. First, it is the inaugural guitar in a series that will be offered only in 2013. Limited to 100 pieces, each in the series is unique and extremely rare. Second, this guitar is the first run of instruments to be made with one-piece ebony fingerboards since November of 2011, and is likely to be one of the very last.
Gibson 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Features
- 1-piece Mahogany body with Antiqued Ebony finish
- Ebony fingerboard with custom block, pearl inlays
- Three custom-wound Custom Bucker pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positions
- Gold-plated ABR-1 bridge with aluminum stopbar tailpiece
- Waffle back gold-plated tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
- Limited run of only 100 instruments being made
With its antique ebony finish, gold-plated hardware, and classic Black Beauty appointments—including multi-ply body and headstock binding, pearl block fingerboard inlays and split-diamond headstock inlay—the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty is a gorgeous instrument. Add to that its 20th Anniversary medallion, which covers the toggle switch access on the guitar’s back; a custom fitted dust cover with a retro 1993 Gibson Custom logo; and a one-of-a-kind, hand-made framed Certificate of Authenticity, and you have a unique and memorable instrument worthy of this milestone in Gibson history.
The 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty is primed for tone just as much as it is for looks, with a pair of Alnico III-loaded Custom Buckers, a solid, one-piece mahogany body, a quarter-sawn mahogany neck with rounded ’50s profile, and Gibson’s acclaimed hardware set, including period-correct waffle back tuners. This limited edition Black Beauty benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary specifications, so the guitar’s deep-set neck tenon is attached with genuine hot-hide glue, and it carries a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing.
Body and Neck
In keeping with the original ’57 Les Paul Custom, the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty has a one-piece body of solid mahogany with a carved top, finished in Antique Ebony in nitrocellulose lacquer. Its quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a full, rounded ’50s profile and is topped with a genuine, one-piece ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Its Custom-profile headstock is trimmed in multi-ply binding and carries a mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay.
Pickups and Electronics
The 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup carries a trio of Custom Buckers with gold-plated covers. Designed specifically for this limited edition guitar, these pickups are made with genuine Alnico III magnets and coils wound with unequal turns of 42 AWG wire for that characteristic PAF depth and bite, with a slightly overwound bridge pickup for added punch in the lead position. Its traditional control complement includes two independent volume and tone controls, with “Bumble Bee” tone caps on the latter. The three-way Switchcraft™ toggle switch is wired in the traditional manner for three-pickup Les Paul Customs: it selects the neck pickup in the rhythm position, middle and bridge together in the middle position, and bridge pickup in the lead position.
Hardware and Plastics
The gold-plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight stopbar tailpiece partner with a set of authentic gold ‘waffle back’ tuners. A A bound black multi-ply pickguard, black top-hat knobs, and engraved ‘Les Paul Custom’ truss-rod cover complete the authentic look.
Case and Extras
In addition to its Custom Shop case, adjustment literature, each 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty comes with a framed, handmade, one-of-a-kind Custom Shop 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity, along with a custom-fitted dust cover with retro 1993 Custom Shop logo, a pair of white gloves, and a stamped brass ‘20th Anniversary’ toggle switch cavity cover.