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Vintage & Custom Les Paul Guitars

Posted on March 1st, 2023 by Joe G

1950’s through early 1960’s Les Paul guitars especially are the type we seek to buy.

What’s the difference between the two models of Les Paul guitars? Les Paul Customs were the more expensive than Les Paul Standards. Les Paul Customs featured an all black mahogany body, gold plated parts, rectangular pearl neck inlays on an ebony fingerboard with low fretless wonder frets and more elaborate pearl detail on the headstock. The earlier models had Alnico and P90 pickups then in 1957 changing to three humbucking pickups. A Bigsby vibrato tailpiece was an option that was available and more often found on the custom model. Customs had black alligator pattern cases with gold colored lining.

Les Paul Standards featured a mahogany body with a maple carved top, rosewood versus ebony fingerboard with trapazoid inlays and higher frets, nickel versus gold parts, brown case with pink lining. They were available in gold or sunburst finish. Both models started in the early 1950’s with P90 pickups changing to humbucking pickups in 1957. The Standard featured two humbucking pickups versus three as typically found on the Custom.


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