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Well, I finally did it.
COMPLETELY lost my mind.

Last month I finally took the leap and ordered a M2M (Made 2 Measure) Les Paul Custom.
Looks like an 18-month wait, so I won't see this beauty until Spring of 2023.
This is also by far the most money I have ever paid for a guitar.

My previous ordering experience with Gibson was 15 years ago, when I got an EDS-1275 out of the Custom Shop.
It showed up in four months, exactly as they promised, and it was phenomenal.
I couldn't have been more pleased.
Here's hoping for a repeat.

It's a Custom in natural finish, front and back.
No yellow tint on the flame top I selected.
It's not a killer flame top, but has some nice figuring in the boards.
Who knows what will emerge once they carve it down, right?

Other departures from the LP Custom norms are the Slim Taper neck and all nickel hardware.
Pickups are '57 Classics.
 

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Well, I finally did it.
COMPLETELY lost my mind.

Last month I finally took the leap and ordered a M2M (Made 2 Measure) Les Paul Custom.
Looks like an 18-month wait, so I won't see this beauty until Spring of 2023.
This is also by far the most money I have ever paid for a guitar.

My previous ordering experience with Gibson was 15 years ago, when I got an EDS-1275 out of the Custom Shop.
It showed up in four months, exactly as they promised, and it was phenomenal.
I couldn't have been more pleased.
Here's hoping for a repeat.

It's a Custom in natural finish, front and back.
No yellow tint on the flame top I selected.
It's not a killer flame top, but has some nice figuring in the boards.
Who knows what will emerge once they carve it down, right?

Other departures from the LP Custom norms are the Slim Taper neck and all nickel hardware.
Pickups are '57 Classics.
From how you are describing it, Gibson shows you the pieces of wood for the top before building it?
 

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Congrats, but wow... 18 months is a long wait. How much was it and how much did you have to put down on it? Also, can you change your mind at some point before they start making it, what is the cutoff date for cancelation?
 

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When I went to the Gibson Garage this past summer, I was definitely considering sitting down with them and having a custom made to order guitar. I am glad I did not, I could not wait a year and a half for a guitar, you have some patience my friend. I do not have that much patience. haha
 

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It takes me years to save up for new guitars…

happy to see another patient member…

18 months Is the blink of an eye…2016 seems like yesterday to me

when u get older, 18 months is blink when it comes to getting EXACTLY what u want

-Chris
 

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From how you are describing it, Gibson shows you the pieces of wood for the top before building it?
Believe it or not, I made my selection from photos of said pieces of wood.
(I live 300 miles away)
I will post one when I find it again.
 

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How much was it and how much did you have to put down on it? Also, can you change your mind at some point before they start making it, what is the cutoff date for cancelation?
Total was north of $6k, minimum of 25% down.
I can change my mind until it goes into production, then it's mine unless there's something wrong with it.

I was in Nashville when the Gibson Garage was doing their grand opening, but time was tight and we skipped it.

I'm still wondering how that works.
Does Gibson skip their dealer network and sell a guitar direct to the public?
If so, I can imagine the price would be even higher to avoid competing with their own franchises.
 
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Hope I'm still alive then. LOL.
Hah!
Me too!

And maybe by then I will actually learn how to play. :naughty:


18 months is blink when it comes to getting EXACTLY what u want
Right on, Chris.
That's my opinion as well.

I have some faith in Curleigh and the new ownership at Gibson.
At least in this area, I hold them in higher regard than Paul Reed Smith.

I ordered a 20th Anniversary Custom 24 in 2005.
4 months, they said.
Then PRS prevailed in the lawsuit Gibson filed over the Singlecut.
So what did PRS do?
Back-burnered everything else to focus on Singlecut production.

I got my guitar in 2007 - 26 months later.

Yeah, I can wait 18 months.
 

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Oh, and that sounds like a KILLER guitar, man!

Can't wait for the NGD, which will seem like a few days from now.

HNGD! (in advance)

:cheers2:
 

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I could have picked a nicer top - for SIGNIFICANTLY more money.
I've realized that the one thing I like most in a book-matched top is symmetry.
This one has it.

And I don't mind the flame figure fading a bit at the edges.
Who knows? Machining the top might reveal better figuring.

My 2000 LP Classic Plus has a "AAA" top, but the grain lines are angled like chevrons.
It's always bugged me a little.


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Believe it or not, I made my selection from photos of said pieces of wood.
(I live 300 miles away)
I will post one when I find it again.
Sure I’d expect it to be like that but the point of my question is they show you the wood (via pictures) for your approval before the build. That is very cool and impressive.
 

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In all the sleep-deprived madness, I forgot to mention the original idea that brought me here today anyway.
Thanksgiving.
The idea that we count our blessings and do a little introspection.
Give credit where due.
That's what was going through my head, that I'm blessed.

After 30 years of countless Les Pauls, 20 years on eBay, and way too much time scrolling through Reverb, I decided that the perfect natural-finish Les Paul Custom wasn't going to materialize. I'm fortunate enough (even lucky!) to be able to finally set the wheels in motion on the Les Paul I always wished Gibson would build.

I wish you all a great Thanksgiving.
 

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In all the sleep-deprived madness, I forgot to mention the original idea that brought me here today anyway.
Thanksgiving.
The idea that we count our blessings and do a little introspection.
Give credit where due.
That's what was going through my head, that I'm blessed.

After 30 years of countless Les Pauls, 20 years on eBay, and way too much time scrolling through Reverb, I decided that the perfect natural-finish Les Paul Custom wasn't going to materialize. I'm fortunate enough (even lucky!) to be able to finally set the wheels in motion on the Les Paul I always wished Gibson would build.

I wish you all a great Thanksgiving.
Amen, Brother. I have a lot to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

:cheers2:
 

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That top is laid out beautifully!

When it's filled with pup's, pick guard, switch and knobs, that wood's gonna pop and be stunning!
 

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Here is a picture I was looking for.
These two guitars are the inspiration for the guitar I ordered.
On the left is my Guild Bluesbird from about 2000. On the right is my 2003 Les Paul Custom 68 reissue.

The Guild has, in my opinion, the perfect flame top.
The Maple I selected for the new guitar pretty much approximates that.
The Les Paul has a spectacular top, but it is almost too perfect.
If that makes any sense…

This picture makes these tops look more amber or gold than they actually are, so I used it make the point that I don’t like the color.
In certain light, it’s not bad.
But in other light, they just look yellow.
A little tint would be fine, but that’s too much.

This is why I wanted a natural finish.
I know that the Maple may look awfully white and bright until ages a little, but I’m OK with that.

Add the Slim Taper neck, and we’re there!!!


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