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CUSTOM FIT

The black-lacquered, jazz club sophistication of the earliest LP Custom takes more of its styling cues from Steinway than Stromberg. Huw Price steps out with a grand ‘56 model…

VINTAGE BENCH TEST

The Custom was created by Gibson in response to Les Paul’s desire for a more luxurious looking guitar

Introduced in late 1953, the first Les Paul Custom differs from the standard Goldtop model in three ways – an all-mahogany body, a fully intonatable bridge and a ‘staple’ singlecoil pickup in the neck position. The latter seems to have been an attempt to keep the man whose name was on the headstock on-brand – early photos of Les Paul using his signature model reveal that he’d installed a DeArmond Dynasonic in the neck position of his Goldtop, and Gibson was not pleased.

Les Paul was such a superstar, the fact that he felt the need to mod his new signature solidbody with an aftermarket pickup was obviously an embarrassment for the company, so something needed to be done. It may have rectangular rather than round polepieces, but the staple single-coil was essentially Gibson’s version of the Dynasonic, with individual screws for adjusting polepiece height. The diagonal fixing screws are a throwback to the earliest Goldtops, and all the magnets are alnico V.

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The August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now and this month it’s all about Player power as we run the rule over four new models from the Player series: Fender’s replacement for the Mexican Standard line. As well as more traditional configurations, the Player series contains several guitars and basses that are far from standard, such as the nifty HH Jazzmaster that readers of the print mag can find behind the barn doors of our special edition cover. Elsewhere in this month’s issue we fly to Iceland to find a man dipping guitars in volcanic hot springs, investigate the issue of gender politics in the guitar industry, meet band-of-the-moment Boy Azooga, get to grips with an incredible staple-pickup ‘56 Les Paul Custom and put hot new gear from Collings, ThorpyFX, Fractal, Keeley, EarthQuaker Devices and more to test. On top of all that we have not one but two fantastic competitions with pro Audio-Technica monitor headphones and a one-off custom-painted Strat up for grabs. It’s a hot one, alright – download your copy of the August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.