1997 Gibson Les
|This is the second
guitar I bought in my "Black" period. I wanted to have a Les Paul around to
noodle on, but since my '74 Deluxe has a fresh refin and my '98 Custom is in pristine
condition, I did not feel comfortable wandering about the house or taking those out to
jam. This one happened to come up on Ebay for the right price and I jumped on it.
|Unlike my '98 Custom,
this Les Paul Custom does not have the very flat "fretless wonder" frets. The
frets on this guitar are more of a medium jumbo type, and make this a great guitar
for heavy, aggressive playing.
|I did install a TP-6 fine tuning
tailpiece on this guitar, but aside from that the guitar is bone stock. She is not as
pristine as the '98 custom - there are a few minor dings here and there - but is still in
very good condition overall. This is the Les Paul I grab for noodling around the house or
heading out to jam. There's something about a black Les Paul Custom that just oozes Rock
|Lately, I've been itching to remove
the pickup covers to expose the black pickup coils, but have been simply to lazy to do it.
Then again, it may just be my late Father's way of telling me "if it ain't broke,
don't fix it". Funny how our Dads seem to get so much smarter as we get older.
|This Les Paul gets more playing time
than the others - probably because I'm not as worried about it inevitably picking up
|Like I said before - if you haven't
played a Les Paul yet, you really need to try one. Look at how many of the greats have
used them. I'm currently looking to add another Custom to the collection - this time in
white ala Randy Rhoads.