Gibson / Custom Shop Les Paul Custom 50th Anniversary 1968 Reissue / 2018 / Black / Guitar

Another one from our recent consignment of Custom Shop guitars, this reissue of a reissue (re-reissue?) is a very tasty example of the Gibson Custom Shop’s work. This particular instrument is a 50th anniversary model from 2018, celebrating the original reissue… the 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom. As with everything custom shop this is a very well put together guitar, and is in completely mint original condition. Well worth a look if you’re after a bit of that black beauty…

Here’s what Gibson have to say…

In the summer of 1968, Gibson did something unprecedented. They re-released two guitar models that were discontinued a decade earlier, a Les Paul Custom and a Les Paul Goldtop. Many famous guitarists at the time adopted 1950s Les Paul models because of their heavy tones, vocal qualities and endless sustain, creating a demand for the classic body style that continues through today. The 1968 Les Paul Custom stood apart from its predecessors in a few significant ways. Instead of a solid mahogany body, it now had a solid maple top on a mahogany back - adding the clarity and bite that many rock guitarists sought. It also came standard with two humbuckers as opposed to three, providing additional picking clearance. And lastly it had a 14-degree peghead angle for reduced string tension. This set of features instantly became the new standard for the Les Paul Custom model, which has been produced continuously by Gibson ever since. This 50th Anniversary 1968 Les Paul Custom was designed to be the final say in historical accuracy, tone and feel. Every detail and spec was meticulously revived by the skilled artisans at Gibson Custom Shop to provide an amazing vintage experience. Each will include an exclusive case, collectible switch plate medallion, throwback hang tags and guitar picks, and a copy of the 1968 Gibson Gazette which announced the new Les Paul models to the world. Limited to only 300 total instruments produced.



Gibson Custom Limited Edition 50th Anniversary


Body Style: Les Paul Back: Lightweight Solid Mahogany Back Top: 2-Piece Maple Top, Hide Glue Fit Weight relief: None


Neck: Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit, 14 Degree Peghead Angle Neck profile: Medium-Chunky C-Shape, scanned from original Nut width: 1.687”, 42.85mm Fingerboard: Solid Ebony, Hide Glue Fit Scale length: 24.75”, 62.865cm Number of frets: 22 Nut: Nylon Inlay: Pearl Block


Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic w/ Nylon Saddles Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Knobs: Black Witch Hats w/ Gold Reflectors Tuners: Kluson Waffleback Plating: Gold


Neck pickup: 68 Custom Humbucker Bridge pickup: 68 Custom Humbucker Controls: 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness with Black Beauty Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch


Finishes: Ebony VOS Case: Gibson Custom Black Hardshell with Gold Lining Collateral: 50th Anniversary Switch Plate Medallion (w/ Extra Black Plastic Cover in the Case), Replica 1968 Gibson Gazette, Exclusive 1968-style Gibson Guitar Picks, Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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