NGD: Les Paul Custom 3-Pickup Black Beauty

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  1. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    Yesterday I picked up a guitar that I have long dreamed of owning - a 57RI Les Paul Custom 3-Pickup Black Beauty.

    This one is a 2013 Custom Shop 20th Anniversary - apparently they only made 100 of these - and Sam Ash out here in Hollywood (where I bought it) is the only store I have seen one in person.

    I played it once back in 2013 and loved the sound and feel of it, but didn't have the cash for it. I would gaze up at it every time I went to the store over the past 3 years. A couple weeks back it went on clearance for a great price, so I unloaded some gear and scraped together enough to buy it.

    The neck is chunky, as you would expect for a 57RI, but not uncomfortable. Really nice looking ebony board. The Custom Buckers are supposedly custom wound for this run and has a slightly more powerful bridge pickup. Really great mid range and high end response.

    The guitar is pretty light for a Custom - has to be around 8.5lbs - and is very resonant. All mahogany body - no maple cap.

    I had to laugh when I opened up the case for the first time, as this is one of the models that they issued with a white shroud and white gloves - so cheesy! :laugh2:

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    Sounds heavenly through my Metro-Plex:

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  2. Slater529

    Slater529 Premium Member

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    Dude, that thing is gorgeous... seriously.
     
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  3. dsmcl77

    dsmcl77 Senior Member

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    :drool: :drool: :drool:

    Nice! :thumb: Congrats!
     
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  4. rclausen

    rclausen Senior Member

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    Awesome guitar and rig. Congrats!!
     
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  5. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    :wow: :wow: :wow: :thumb: :applause:

    HNBBGD I. :thumb:

    Love a Tuxedo.

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  6. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Cool one, congrats :applause:
     
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  7. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    Thanks, fellas - this is definitely a dream guitar for me! I have never owned a Custom before and it takes a little getting used to with the third pickup, but I love the way this thing plays and sounds.
     
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    rockinlespaul Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    Oh I bet that sounds like a million bucks thru that rig!!!

    Rudi nailed it with the tuxedo. That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the pictures. Absolutely fantastic! :applause:

    Pure elegance, tone and rock and roll all wrapped into one package. The creme dela creme. Congratulations and enjoy! :cheers::dude:
     
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    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure

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  10. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    It does indeed! Thanks!!
     
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    The white gloves aren't cheesy, they're to be worn when you tune it up to save the gold plating on the tuners. :thumb:



    Nice BB! Congrats.
     
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  12. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    Thanks!

    Speaking of which, I have to say that these Waffle Back tuners are fantastic - probably the smoothest that I have ever had on a guitar.
     
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    KBMelb Senior Member

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    Congrats! Color me jealous.
     
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  14. Barker

    Barker Senior Member

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    Love it!



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  15. Lefty Adams

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    That is very lovely op, enjoy!
     
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    Shawn Lutz Senior Member

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    Congratulations and welcome to the BB7 club!
     
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  18. indravayu

    indravayu Senior Member

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    Oh, it happened, alright!! :thumb:

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    Those gloves are perfect!



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