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Review of the Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH Electric guitar. Where to buy it?

I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of the Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH guitar. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar items so you can compare.

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom ‘C’
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA

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This guitar usually has a price around 3690.00 €

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Some comments from people who come to the forum about this model:

Comment:

I bought this guitar mainly for recording purposes and for using it in music videos. First of all it’s a beautiful instrument but you don’t pay almost 4 grand for a piece of furniture. It excels in the sounds you get out of this masterpiece!

I know that many are sceptic about the richlite fretboards and people argue that this is not acceptable on Gibsons when you get ebony fretboards on Epiphone guitars for roughly 900¤.

At first I was also sceptic about richlite and thought it sounded a bit more harsh than the ebony fretboard but now after 3 months of playing it has begun to soften up a bit and get a more "ebony-esque" character. Compared to a 57 Black Beauty this Les Paul Custom has a more sharper sound thanks to the maple cap but in other aspects it’s quite similar to the 57.

The only things I were not too happy with was some small scratches on the top of the guitar and a small ding in the binding on the headstock. But I am more concerned with the sound than the esthetics so I chose to keep the guitar because it delivers very clear chords and nice tight low end. The pickups are a bit "microphonic" as old Gibson pickups were back in the days and they are a bit too hot for high-gain sounds where they sometimes tend to pick up unwanted sounds. Having that said they work perfectly for rock, blues and jazz. If you plan on playing metal with this one I’d recommend changing the pickups.

This is an instrument meant for professional use and it’s a guitar you buy once in your lifetime. If you are looking for a superior Les Paul this is it. I own one Gibson Les Paul Traditional from 2009 and it is also a great instrument but there are remarkable differencies in how much more precise a Les Paul Custom is compared to standard USA Les Pauls. If a normal Les Paul is a knife then the Custom is a scalpel.

It is worth the extra cash you put on from a normal Les Paul model in how it plays and how it sounds but the price is a bit steep for a hobby musician.

Comment:

The finishing job on this guitar is far from satisfactory. There are issues with it all over the place. Just to name a few: on the neck binding, all around where neck meets body, and black is missing altogether where the neck pickup and fretboard meet (which up close is quite ugly). At this price level, I would expect much better from Gibson. I used to own a 2001 Les Paul Studio which had no such issues at all, so for a Custom to have them caught me completely by surprise.

Having said all that, I simply couldn’t bring myself to return it. The setup was damn perfect straight out of the case, and the guitar feels silky smooth and gorgeous to play. And the more I play it, the more the sound and sustain on this thing just blow my mind. In short, too good to return, and I didn’t care to risk sacrificing the amazing sound and playability for a nicer finish. After all, you’re supposed to play the thing, not look at it.

As always, customer support at Thomann was excellent, as was the pricing in comparison to other stores.

Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH vs Gibson Les Paul Slash Standard AA

The guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH is usually 1210 € more expensive than Gibson Les Paul Slash Standard AA.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH

Gibson Les Paul Slash Standard AA

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom ‘C’
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA

  • Slash signature model
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: AAA flamed maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck profile: Thick
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Tektoid nut
  • Pickup: 2 Slash Bucker (Zebra) humbuckers
  • ABR bridge
  • Aluminium stop bar
  • Colour: Appetite Amber
  • Includes case, accessory kit and Slash pick set
  • Made in USA

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH vs Gibson Les Paul Studio EB

The guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH is usually 2520 € more expensive than Gibson Les Paul Studio EB.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH

Gibson Les Paul Studio EB

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom ‘C’
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • “Ultra Modern Weight Relief” – weight-reduced body
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim Taper
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Acrylic trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • Graphtech nut
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 22 Cryogenically treated medium frets
  • Pickups: 490R and 498T humbuckers
  • 2 x Volume controls (push / pull for coil tap)
  • 2 x Tone controls
  • Aluminium Tuneomatic bridge
  • Aluminium stop bar
  • Colour: Ebony
  • Includes soft shell case
  • Made in USA

Below have a look to the video of this guitar Gibson Les Paul Studio EB

Gibson Les Paul Studio, Ebony | Gear4music demo

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH vs Fender Clapton Custom Shop BLK

The guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH is usually 360 € more expensive than Fender Clapton Custom Shop BLK.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH

Fender Clapton Custom Shop BLK

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom ‘C’
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA

  • Fender Custom Shop
  • Eric Clapton signature model
  • Body: Alder
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Blocked tremolo
  • 1-Ply white pickguard
  • 3 Vintage noiseless single coils
  • Controls: Master volume, tone and mid-boost
  • 5-Way switch
  • Colour: Black
  • Incl. vintage tweed case

Below have a look to the video of this guitar Fender Clapton Custom Shop BLK

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH vs ESP Eclipse Custom BLM

The guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GHis usually 1000 € cheaper than ESP Eclipse Custom BLM.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH

ESP Eclipse Custom BLM

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Arched top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
  • Neck profile: Custom ‘C’
  • Long neck tenon
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 5-Ply binding
  • Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
  • Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
  • Hardware; Gold-plated
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes a case
  • Made in the USA

  • Handmade instrument from the ESP Custom Shop in Japan
  • Body: Honduras mahogany
  • Maple top: Maple
  • Set-in neck: Honduras Mahogany
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Neck profile: Thin U
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Flag fretboard inlays
  • 22 X-Jumbo frets
  • Graphite nut
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Scale length: 629 mm
  • Pickups: 2 EMG Het Set humbuckers
  • 2 x Volume and 1 x tone controls
  • 3-Way switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM bridge and Gotoh tailpiece
  • Gotoh locking machine heads
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Colour: Blue Liquid Metal
  • Strings: Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010 / .013 / .017 / .026 / .036 / .046)
  • Includes case
  • Made in Japan

Below have a look to the video of this guitar ESP Eclipse Custom BLM

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Where to buy the guitar Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH

Thomann

  • Free Shipping.
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • Leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalogue and information.

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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