- Jan 18, 2022
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Surely to add the cap made the guitar less cost effective and so to their ears the tonal difference added enough to the value of the instrument to make it worth it.I could see the book matching being done more for aesthetic purposes than tonal. The 59 looked pretty with that flame top. But they were plain maple tops before then. So who knows.
We also know the original Les Paul Customs were made to be all mahogany and I would be curious to know if they did that just out of convenience or for any tonal benefit. With most guitar makers, I find these changes are usually done based on what’s most cost effective or will lead to more sales rather than a tonal benefit.
It’s been a while since I’ve read any of the Tony bacon books or beauty of the burst but I always thought the cap was added because it gave the guitar a bit of bite.
I thought the original customs were specifically made as Les’s tuxedo guitar, if he requested the black finish then presumably he wanted all mahogany too.
This part of the reason I love Les Paul’s and Gibson in general all the little myths and legends it’s great.