1954 Black Beauty

Les Paul wanted two colors used on the guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (because a player's hands would be easily visible against a black background); Les got the gold in 1952, but had to wait for the black. The Les Paul Custom (also known as the Black Beauty and the Fretless Wonder) was introduced in 1954 and featured elegant appointments like gold hardware, multiple binding, and an ebony fretboard. The '54 Custom was also the first solidbody Gibson guitar to use the ABR-1 bridge.
Top wood: Carved mahogany
Back wood: Solid mahogany
Binding: Multi-ply white/black on top and back
Available left-handed: Yes
Finish Colors: Ebony

Neck construction: 1-piece mahogany
Fingerboard wood: 22 fret ebony
Inlays: Pearl block
Binding: Single-ply white
Profile: Rounded
Scale length/Nut width: 24 3/4"; 1 11/16"
Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046

Electronics & Hardware:
Pickups: One P-90 single coil, one Alnico 5 single coil
*Other: CTS pots and bumble bee caps
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
Hardware color: Gold
Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1/Stopbar or optional Bigsby tremolo
*Other: Thin, original-style toggleswitch washer and jackplate
Tuner style: Kidney bean

Collateral: Custom Shop case, Certificate of Authenticity, Custom Care Kit

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