Fireworks! What better way to start the new year! The Gibson Les Paul London Fog and a limited edition Mesa Boogie Mark I King Snake (Carlos Santana). I guess the neighbours will soon be knocking on my door!
Another beauty from the Gibson Custom Shop! A 2011 Gibson Les Paul Standard one-off guitar in a striking “Splatter” finish.
I don’t have much information on this one. It resembles most a ’57 ebony but with a slightly thinner neck. The headstock has the vintage style Kluson tuners and a pearloid logo inlay. Rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets. Not sure what pups are in this but to my ears it sound like 57 Humbuckers.
If you want to get noticed on stage, this is your guitar! Look at the striking color of the top. It is an ebony guitar splattered with a sort of “watered down” green ink and covered with a gloss finish. The weight of this Pauly is very comfortable, it might have some sort of chambering or not… I can’t “hear” any cavity when tapping the top or back. The action is low and the playability is superb.
But who cares about the specs? This is a guitar you play to get noticed and to look cool. Plug it into a Marshall and you are ready to rock! Under a stage light it will make you shine like a Chevy on snow chains in a tunnel! It will turn heads, even by those who don’t like… how Rock’n’Roll is that!
Would you rock this guitar? Let me know!
Haters gonna hate but I love this guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop! In 2017 Gibson introduced the Modern Double Cut at the CES show in 2017. A mahogany body with a two piece maple cap is traditional Gibson, so is the nitro lacquer finish and the humbucking pickups. These instruments feature a 12″ radius rosewood fretboard with 24 frets. The Apex headstock has some kind of “volute” to reinforce the neck. A traditional Gibson neck is prone to break at the headstock, Less chance this is gonna happen with the Apex headstock.
The long neck tenon drives the neck deep into the cutaway body. The pickups are placed closer to each other and it takes a while to get used to if you are used to the classic Les Paul guitars. The pickups are a pair of 57 Classic and 57 Classic Plus humbuckers and they are wired to a 500K CTS volume pot and a 500K CTS tome pot. Hand wired, no mini pcb in these guitars.
Gibson gets a lot of critique when they change a proven design but they nailed it with these guitars. Guitar players are very conservative regarding their instruments. They are a limited run and probably are going to be collectors items in the future. Excellent playability, perfect balance, tons of sustain and beautifully crafted at the Gibson Custom Shop.
This one comes in Metallic Alien Green, it is an eye-catcher on and off stage. I know Gibson gets a lot of comments on their quality control and their prices but as an owner of 20+ Gibsons (and many sold instruments) I have never encountered a single problem with any of my Gibson guitars. Except one time when I got an instrument with a broken headstock due to the brutal handling by the courier service. Other than that, no problems at all. I guess it is trendy to do some Gibson bashing on youtube and social media… well I don’t care! If we all had the same taste wouldn’t we all be married to the same woman/man?
Spring cleaning at Château PGC! Time to get rid of the winter dust and look what I found underneath: not one but two Gibson Les Paul Traditional London Fog guitars! Nothing traditional about these. These guitars were manufactured by Gibson in 2009. In fact it are leftovers from the Gibson Les Paul Dark Fire product line destined for the Japanese market. The Dark Fire was probably the nicer version of the robot guitars that were put on the market by Gibson. The LP DF was equipped with the robot tuners and a piezo pickup system. It came in a white case and a lot of batteries and cables. I assume it was not much of a success as they had some bodies left to throw them on the market as a Les Paul Traditional London Fog. I am not a fan of hi-tech guitars, like most guitar players I am very conservative when it comes to changing a proven design. Plug and play for me, I hate guitars that come with a manual. In 2009 I found three London Fogs in the UK (Where else but in London?) and brought them home. I must say! I love these guitars!
The LF is a stripped Dark Fire. These guitars have a beautiful flamed top, ebony fretboard, black binding carbon inlays. The headstock on the asymmetrical neck carries the old fashioned “flowerpot” design inlay.
The electronics are fairly simple and just how I like them. A Burstbucker Pro pup in the bridge and carbon covered P90 at the neck.
The playability is excellent. The guitar is very lightweight and very resonant due to the empty cavities and routings where the dark Fire electronics used to be. Under the bridge and the saddle you can still find the cavity for the piezo wiring.
The color is hard to capture in a pic, it changes from “greenish” over “salmonish” to “goldish”! The earliest one comes with strap lock buttons while the youngest of these sisters has the skinny Gibson strap buttons factory installed. After all, not bad for a left over Gibson. I love them!
Stay tuned for more! Anyone interested in one of these will soon find a link to my Reverb page here.
2019 barely started and yet a second addition to the stash this year. An eye-catching Gibson Les Paul Standard in blueberry burst! Me so happy, … me love it long time!
It is very hard to catch the triple-A flame top in a pic and it screams to be played. Equipped with Burstbucker Pro pickups and an innovative wiring to benefit from a vast array of tonal options. Alnico V magnets capture the subtile variations of the tone and with the slim taper asymmetrical neck and fast-action rosewood fingerboard this guitar becomes a genuine rock-machine.
The electronics are versatile. Unmatched bobbins for true humbucker tone. Push-pull control knobs for coil split, coil tap, highpass filtering and out-of-phase sounds. The 2019 Standard features 5 internal dip switches for more tonal control. I haven’t tried them out yet and I wonder if I ever will… enough options already.
I matched this tone monster with a Marshall Astoria combo and an Alec Bradley “American” cigar, P-E-R-F-E-C-T! Even the neighbour came knocking on my door and asked me to be less loud so he could sleep. I said “no”! Poor neighbour, he came by bike all the way … for nothing!
Stay tuned, I will be posting demo vids with the Gibson Les Paul Standard soon.
Keep rockin’, stay smokey!