Replica of Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood Custom Ordered by G.Club Shibuya Japan
Many great off-the-shelf electric guitars have had their reputations elevated by the legendary artists who have played them. Once in a while, however, a heavily modified instrument is used to make such groundbreaking music that the erstwhile one-off becomes iconic in and of itself. The best known and most revered of these is arguably Jeff Becks Oxblood Les Paul, a guitar from the heart of tone history. Now, Gibson Custom unveils the most accurate recreation of the Jeff Beck Oxblood Les Paul ever produced. From its aged and authentic Oxblood finish to the custom-tailored neck profile modeled precisely from Becks original instrument to the blistering and powerful sounds produced by Gibsons legendary Burstbucker humbucking pickups, the new Jeff Beck Oxblood Les Paul from Gibson Custom leaves nothing to chance. It is simply one of the most exact replicas of any historic guitar ever produced by the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom.
British guitarist Jeff Beck made a big name for himself right from the start, after stepping into very big shoes in The Yardbirds as Eric Claptons replacement, then splitting off to form The Jeff Beck Group with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart in 1967, all before the age of 25. Moving into the 1970s, though, Beck began forging his reputation as a solo artist and one of the hottest guitarists of his generation with a Gibson Les Paul as his leading instrument of choice. And like so many legendary guitars, the Gibson Les Paul in question made its way into Becks hands not through an endorsement deal, or a gift from the manufacturer, but through the lucky happenstance of some down-time being killed with a little browsing at a local music shop. While recording in Memphis, Tenn., Beck paid a visit to the popular Strings and Things guitar store to check out the stock. While browsing inside, Becks attention was immediately drawn to a 1954 Gibson Les Paul (occasionally reported to be an early 1955 model), which had been dropped off to receive some very specific modifications.
- Body Style: Les Paul
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Carved maple
- Finish: Aged by the master luthiers at Gibson Custom to look exactly like Beck’s original
- Other: Personally hand-signed, numbered (1-50) and played by Beck himself.
- Neck: 1-piece set mahogany
- Neck profile: ’50s rounded
- Neck joint Location: 19th fret
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale length: 24-3/4″
- No. of frets: 22
- Nut width: 1-11/16″
- Neck inlays: Aged acrylic trapezoid
- Hardware: Aged nickel bridge/tailpiece: one-piece aluminum wraparound stopbar
- Knobs: Gold
- Tuners: Schaller
- Neck Pickup: BurstBucker 2
- Bridge Pickup: BurstBucker 3
- Controls: Two volume, two tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
- Case: Custom Shop hardshell
- Includes: Certificate of authenticity