1999 Gibson USA Les Paul Custom – Wine Red.

The Blue Book Says….

LES PAUL CUSTOM (1968-PRESENT, LPC-)

– single cutaway Les Paul-style one-piece mahogany/maple body (mahogany body with a maple top, 1968-69, 1977-present) or three-piece mahogany/maple “pancake” body (one thin maple layer sandwhiched by two large layers of mahogany and a maple top, 1969-1977), seven-ply top binding, set three-piece neck, 22-fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, mutli-bound headstock with pearl/diamond split inlays, three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, two or three covered humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, gold hardware, available in Alpine White (1987-present), Cherry (1971-1975), Cherry Sunburst (1971-1990), Ebony (1968-1990, 1995-present), Ferrari Red (1986-1987), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (1996-98, 2003-present), Honeyburst (1990, 1996-98), Natural (1975-early 1980s), Pewter (1986-1987), Silverburst (1979-1982, 2004-present), Tobacco Sunburst (1972-early 1980s), Vintage Sunburst (1987-1990), Walnut (1977-78), White (1975-1986), or Wine Red (1976-present) finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1968-present.

I say….

Considering that this is 16 years old its quite a hefty piece of rock and roll (at 11lbs – it’s certainly no lightweight).

Starting at the top  – the headstock has great grover kidney bean tuners that all work perfectly, no especial marking, clouding or cracking.

The mahogany neck is ding free, the ebony fingerboard is unmarked and the all original frets show few if any signs of use.

The standard gibson embossed bridge and neck hum bucker pickups are still in place, the gold pickup covers do show some signs of wear on the gold plate, as does the bridge.  Mostly however the metalwork is in great condition.

The front of the body has a gorgeous degree of lacquer checking that makes this guitar look like it’s been around the block, but no significant dings or dents.  The reverse shows some minor buckle rash which I’ve tried to show in the photos.

Comes with the original tan case as pictured – all clasps working and the combination lock even has the little red thingy still in place 🙂