Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Pickup Review

June 30, 2007

While the Les Paul Standard gets the lion’s share of attention, the 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty was an important guitar in Gibson’s history because it combined several features not seen until that time: Three humbucking pickups. Optional Bigsby vibrato or stop tailpiece. An ebony fingerboard with low flat frets and real pearl inlays. A solid black finish with gold plated hardware. The 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty first appeared in 1954, but by 1957, this guitar was as good as it got for players who wanted a solid body electric with the fat humbucker sound and high end appointments. A very few were built with the “standard” two-pickup configuration.

The solid black finish, which Gibson called Ebony, was suggested by Les Paul himself, who felt the color was elegant – like a black tuxedo. It also made a nice contrast with the Les Paul Standard, which at the time was painted a solid gold color (the sunburst Standards didn’t appear until 1958). The guitar was quickly dubbed the “Fretless Wonder” because of those low frets, which made playing nearly effortless, particularly when you consider that back then, there was no such thing as light gauge strings. Today, an early Custom is a prized collector’s item with a price tag to match its desirability. So for most of us, the closest we’ll ever get to owning such an important guitar is to get Gibson’s Vintage Original Spec Series ’57 Reissue Les Paul Custom. Just holding one will give you chills! Playing one is a revelation!


* Historically accurate single cutaway mahogany body in Ebony
* Three BurstBucker pickups with three-way selector switch
* Mahogany neck with early 1950s profile and ebony fingerboard
* Authentic Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
* Includes Custom Shop case and certificate of authenticity

Les Paul Black Beauty Guitar



What Is The Best Signature Guitar Model?

June 30, 2007

Signature guitars can be very hard to shop for. Similar signature guitar models can be thousands of pounds apart for no apparent reason. Sometimes the cheaper signature guitars are a great investment, whereas other times the best signature guitar model can be worth the extra price. If you want the best bang for your buck for a cheaper signature model I’d recommend the Epiphone Casino John Lennon “1965

However, if you’re looking for simply the best signature guitar model around without worrying to much about price, the best signature guitar model would be the Gibson Custom Jimi Hendrix “Inspired by” Series Flying V. The guitar features exacting reproductions of Jimi’s own hand-painted designs that graced the original. The Jimi Hendrix Signature Guitar is built by the Gibson custom shop who have built the guitar with the exacting standards and attention to detail that have earned them the reputation of building the finest guitars in the world. The Gibson Custom Jimi Hendrix “Inspired by” Series Flying V has unsurpassed playability and tone, it’s an original work of art that can be beautifully displayed or proudly played. It is definitely worth investing in if you can afford it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Other top of the range signature guitar models include the Gibson Custom Slash Signature Les Paul, PRS Dave Navarro Signature Model and the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom They are all great models but the Gibson Custom Jimi Hendrix “Inspired by” Series Flying V gets our best review.

This concludes my review of the best signature guitar model and the Gibson Custom Jimi Hendrix “Inspired by” Series Flying V. It’s simply the best signature guitar model around.

Jimi Hendrix Signature Guitar