Gibson Offers Randy Rhoads Les Paul Custom


Gibson is set to release its new Randy Rhoads 1974 Les Paul Custom, an instrument crafted in the image of Rhoads’ renowned instrument.

The guitar’s body is crafted from a three-piece maple top attached to a three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany body, just like the great "sandwich" Les Pauls of the early ’70s. It is hand-finished in nitrocellulose with minimum buildup, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance. Once this is complete, the guitars’ finishes will be aged in two distinct ways, to present worn finish textures: 100 guitars will be aged by hand, while a further 200 will be aged in Gibson Custom’s VOS process.

The guitar’s neck is a three-piece mahogany laminate and is carved to a "small D Rhoads profile," with a 12"-radius ebony fingerboard and mother-of-pearl block inlays.

Its pickups are Gibson Custom’s new Super ’74 Humbuckers, which use Alnico 3 magnets and are designed to replicate the sound of Gibson humbuckers of the early/mid 1970s. Both are wound with 42 AWG wire and measure approximately 7.4k to 7.6k ohms. Both are wax-potted.

It also uses Schaller M6 tuners, a Tune-o-matic (ABR-1) bridge made from zinc and plated in gold, "stopbar" tailpiece,historically correct amber "speed knobs," "antique bell" truss-rod cover, Schaller GP strap locks, three-ply (black/white/black) plastic pickguard.

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