The Gibson Les Paul Custom is a high end variation of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. It was developed in 1954 after Gibson had introduced the Les Paul model in 1952.
Today, the Les Paul Custom is made with a maple-capped mahogany body rather than the solid mahogany body of the 1954 model. It is available in colors including Ebony, Alpine White and Wine Red. The Custom model differs from the Les Paul Standard in many ways. The cosmetic differences include gold hardware (though many Customs are seen with nickel silver hardware); block inlays on the fretboard rather than the "crown" inlays of the Standard (with an inlay at the 1st fret, whereas the Standard has none); a "split-diamond" pearl inlay on the headstock; and multi-ply binding around the body and headstock. The construction differences are an ebony fretboard which tends to sound "snappier" and make the fretboard more "slippery," lower frets with more squared off tops that give the instrument the moniker the "fretless wonder" and larger round "speed" style knobs (though other knob types can be seen depending on the year).
The "Split Diamond" Inlay on the headstock was taken from Gibson's 'greatest guitar', the CES Super 400.
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