Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite
Gibson introduces the Les Paul Custom Lite, featuring the same shape with traditional weight relief, made thinner.
This lightweight version follows the "black tie" look of the old Les Paul Custom, having black finish with bindings and gold hardware.
The distinctive feature of the Les Paul Custom Lite is its considerably thinner body, which lightens the guitar and makes it more playable and easy to carry around. It still features the same basic body plan, carved maple on top of a weight relief routed mahogany body.
The body comes in high-gloss ebony black nitrocellulose lacquer finish, staying true to the Les Paul Custom look. To contrast its black overall theme, the body and headstock are wrapped in multi-ply binding.
The guitar comes with a quarter-sawn mahogany neck carved into a rounded '50s prodile. It is topped by a rosewood fingerboard with single-ply binding and the frets feature classic acrylic block inlays. The headstock features an Acrylic Gibson logo with a split-diamond inlay design.
To capture its sound, the guitar is outfitted with two Modern Classics humbuckers that provide traditional tones. The 490R neck pickup is made of genuine Alnico II magnet and wound with 42 AWG wire, following the design of the original PAF humbuckers. The 498T in the bridge position has an Alnico V magnet and extra turns of coil wire for added punch and growl. Aside from traditional tones, the Les Paul Custom Lite comes with a modern twist - coil splitting. It has a coil-splitting mini-toggle switch added in place of the second tone control, allowing you to conjure genuine single-coil tones without havint to carry another axe.
Other hardware include a Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece and a set of Grover keystone tuners. All the hardware, including the strap button and pickup covers are finished in gold, which wraps up the overall look.
The MSRP for the Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite is $2,498. For more information, you can visit Gibson.
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