Gibson Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood
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Gibson Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood

Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood, Chitarra Corpo tipo Les Paul from Gibson in the Custom Shop Les Paul series.

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tjon901 17/08/2011

Gibson Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood : Recensione di tjon901 (content in English)

"Early Jeff Beck guitar"
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Jeff Beck before he was known for his strats played one of these Les Pauls. It has a custom color which stems from the custom refinish the guitar was getting back then. This is Gibsons Custom shop's modern replica of that guitar. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top. The set in neck is mahogany with a custom profile matching the original. The profile is based off of a 50s profile but slightly thinner. The fretboard is rosewood with 22 frets. The guitar has a thin nitro finish to let the wood breathe. Up top you get some Schaller tuners and the bridge is an old style wrap around bridge. The pickups are a set of modern Gibson pickups with a Burstbucker 2 in the neck and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge. The controls are typical Gibson with a pair of volume and tone knobs with a 3 way toggle.

UTILIZATION

This guitar plays like an old school Gibson. The 50s style neck is a real boat. People call it the baseball bat neck for a reason. You are really holding on to something when you play a 50s style Gibson. The wrap around bridge is very vintage too but not in as good a way. This style of bridge limits intonation so you wont be able to get a perfect level of intonation on the guitar. You can replace this bridge with an aftermarket unit but thats not really in the style of this guitar. Ive personally seen a couple examples of this model guitar with messed up fretboards from the Gibson factory. I saw one which had its fretboard and the fretboard looked like half of it was finished and the other half wasnt. It seriously looked like 2 different pieces of wood on the fretboard. I would not recommend buying any guitar this expensive without playing it first.

SOUNDS

I am not a big fan of the Burstbuckers in this guitar. With a guitar this old I would expect some Classic 57's but since this is replicating a modded guitar the pickups that were in it might have been hotter than an old school PAF. With the Burstbuckers you get more of a hot rodded sound. These pickups have a little more edge to them then a set of more traditional Gibson pickups. You can really rock out but you can still get the traditional blues sound that you expect from a Les Paul. The neck pickup can get a little muddy but that is a trait just about every Les Paul has.

OVERALL OPINION

These guitars are not very good once you consider the price. These guitars are more for collectors than real players. For the price of this guitar you could get a fully custom guitar some where else. If you are a Jeff Beck fan of a Gibson collector and absolutely have to have every Gibson you will probably buy this guitar. Otherwise you can find guitars that play better and sound better and are much much cheaper all over the place.