This beautiful flame top 1968 Reissue Les Paul Custom was made in 2000, right in the middle of what is definitely agreed upon as the "good wood" era, and it shows. All of the woods used for this guitar are clearly top notch and the guitar was built at the peak of the Henry J. era in terms of quality. The flame in the top looks amazing, and as is typical of the era, the fretboard is genuine ebony. The guitar has the long neck tenon that one would expect. The electronics are untouched and the original pickups appear consistent with 57 Classics.
The neck shape is a deep C, not quite U-shaped and is very comfortable for those who like full necks, especially considering that is has a full 1.7 inch nut width. The frets basically show no detectable wear. The guitar plays beautifully with all notes ringing out clearly at all frets. Check out the quick video to hear the guitar. It sounds fantastic.
The guitar has mostly been babied during its 22 years showing little signs of playwear, other than a bit of buckle scratching of the back and a 2 mm dent on the neck which is less than 1 mm deep. None of these break through the finish and the tiny neck dent is almost undectectable to the touch. The original bridge is included, but because of a slight collapse in the center of the bridge, I put an aftermarket replacement bridge on the guitar.
Weight - 10.2 pounds
Nut width - 1.7 inches
1st fret depth - 0.9 inches
12th fret depth - 1.0 inches
The guitar comes with the original "Custom Art & Historic" hard shell case, the full-size certificate of authenticity, the packing checklist/warrtanty card, and the "customer care guide".
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