Sound — 10
Before I bought this guitar I've never owned a Les Paul style guitar of any type. So first I bought the Epiphone Les Paul Custom and I liked the feel of it (I'm Normally a Gibson SG type person) so I decided since this was going to be my absolute last guitar I wanted to end with a BANG! So I looked painstaking looked for the perfect Les Paul... I saw some cool custom shopped guitars (such as the 1959 VOS, the 1957 Goldtop) but those were just "regular" guitar of their time. I wanted a Custom Shop guitar with the split Diamond and high grade woods, so I found this guitar and I absolutely loved it. This Guitar was unique in every way, it wasn't the Standard Black that Custom Guitars come in, for a custom shop guitar I found this finish absolutely stunning.The amp I play this Gibson through is not the greatest amp in the world and hopefully I change that amp (its a Line 6 spider 3 for those who are wondering) but this guitar oddly makes the AMP sound good which is a definite win in my books. For the type of music I normally play (which is Hard Rock and the Blues) this guitar is amazing.
Overall Impression — 10
Now a little about me. The style of music I play as I mentioned before is Blues and Rock and roll (varying from AC/DC to Guns N Roses all the way to BB King). I've been playing the guitar for 4 years now and I own in total 6 guitars. I have a Gibson SG Standard, Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Fender Stratocaster Made in Mexico, and of course this Les Paul Custom. As for this guitar I really don't regret buying at all this to me is a definite benefit I have no regrets what so ever. Now if this guitar was stolen for me... I wouldn't go out and buy another one 3 reasons.., 1) this guitar is just extraordinary expensive, 2) This Guitar probably doesn't exist anymore or I have to go to another platinum Guitar Center in a different location being that there's only 20 something left in the whole US, and 3) this guitar was way to personal to me I already have personalized it to a point where I wont let it go, instead what I would do is probably take my guitar back and just beat the living hell out of the person just to the point where hes capable of seeing HELL, but not dead the person shall suffer. My favorite thing about this guitar is the fact this is like no other custom shop guitar out there. The Tri Burst colors, the 57 classics (rather than the 490r and 498t on the regular custom shop guitars) and the fact that its a 1968 reissue. I don't really have a hate for this guitar, I mean Maybe the Weight of the guitar but that doesn't really affect me that much. I compared this to a 1959 VOS Standard and a 1957 Goldtop and this one just stuck out not because it has the custom shop inlays on it but the Tri Burst as well really stuck out. Everything I wanted came with the guitar, and that's the Guitar itself I wouldn't want any other guitar, I'm really glad that this was my final guitar to my collection. People have their "Holy Grail" Guitar but this is My Holy Grail Guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar I have not actually taken it out for a live gig yet but for what I play at home it seems like its up to the challenge. When I bend the strings to an extreme it just refuses to get out of tune. The 57 classics seem like they are gonna last for a very long time the first time I played it being the smooth yet Loud sound the Gibson pick up emits. The strap buttons I have not changed out but they do hold the strap quite nicely. If I did go to a gig I definitely would not bring this out with me. I'm the type of person that looks at guitars as my children I maintain them and what not, and I cannot stand to see This one break if there is a mishap, I almost had a heart attack when I put a huge gash on my SG, none the less if I had to use it live I definitely would and I probably wouldn't need a back up either this guitar seems the new workhorse of my gear. The finish on the guitar also looks like its not going anywhere within my life time. It's a very high gloss finish finger prints come off as easily as they go on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I checked this out at Guitar Center the first thing I asked is to see if this guitar was even set up properly (Mind you this guitar has been hanging on the wall for at least a year and a half, and this guitar exists only in the Platinum Guitar Center) but what I found amazing was that the intonation was just Perfect, along with the action for a guitar that was hanging there for quite some time. The pick ups on this guitar are just the best the only pick ups I've played with are Burstbuckeres on my Epiphone and 490T and 498R on my Gibson SG, I never realized how sweet and soothing the 57 Classics actually sound. The Flaws on this guitar was down to Minimal of course One flaw was Guitar Centers Fault which was the fact when they were hanging it they didn't put any cloth around the rubber hanger so it does have a tiny black mark on the sides of the headstock but I don't mind for a guitar that has virtually no flaws coming out of the Gibson Factory floor. Another Small thing is the fact that the gold seems to be gathering finger prints and corrosion a lot faster than the chrome on my Gibson SG but I don't mind that its replaceable.
Features — 9
This guitar was made in 2009 and is a reissue of the 1968 Les Paul Custom. Guitar was made in USA. This guitar is the Standard with any Gibson has 22 frets and has a 60's slim tapered neck. The top is AAA Grade Maple and the back is mahogany. The Finish is a prestigious Tri-Burst has a Black Border with red fading into a yellow in the center. This Guitar is has the Standard Gibson Hardware with Tune-o-matic Bridge and a Stop Bar Tail piece. The pickups are Gibson 57 Classic Humbucker's for the Bridge and Neck Pickups. This Guitar also has the Standard Gibson tone volume configuration. this guitar also comes with the Gibson Custom shop Hard Case and the goodies inside are cool too. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, Gibson 3/4 Jacks, and a Truss rod wrench.