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Ton très boisé - Avis Gibson Custom Shop - Historic 1956 Les Paul Standard Reissue Darkburst

During this time, it was pretty much solidified that Gibson would start using the tune-o-matic bridge/stop tail piece on their guitars from here on out. The guitars still had some P90s around this time, but they were slowly being phased out for humbuckers. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two P90s, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


This particular guitar didn't weigh a ton, and I found that to be a good thing. To me, heavy Les Pauls can be more dead weight than anything else. Instead, I listen for overall resonance and how clear they sound. This one had that in spades. The nut was cut pretty good, so no problems there. The overall fretwork was great, but I couldn't slam to action to really test how level they were. I also didn't have any of my fretwork tools with me at the time. Regardless, Gibsons at this high level tend to be top notch, so there shouldn't be too many problems.


The P90s in this were awesome. The bridge P90 was totally killer for that blues tone. I put it through both a Fender and a Marshall. In the Fender, the clean was to die for. Once I hit the tubescreamer, it gave this killer blues solo sound that just sang for days. Through the Marshall, I was able to get an awesome hard rock tone going on. Through the right amp, you can even play metal with this, but it's not something I'd exactly recommend. The middle position was pretty useless, but I find that to be standard affair for these guitars.


The P90s in this guitar were to die for. They had some of the craziest tone that I've experienced in quite awhile. If you've never tried a P90 before, definitely check this guitar out. They can even be used for leads. Hell, Kirk Hammett of Metallica is known to use P90s on certain lead sounds, so if he can use it for metal, I'm sure you can find a way to use it.