1960 VINTAGE GIBSON Les Paul Custom Black Beauty - 3 pick ups
The owner of this guitar abandoned it for over 50 years where it was tucked away under a bed and not touched all that time. This is the history of the Les Paul Custom from date of birth in 1952
1952 Gibson introduced the Les Paul Custom - Gold Top - Rosewood Fret board - 2 x P-90 pickups
1953 Gibson introduced it in Black with white binding to look like a Tuxedo. Nicknamed "Black Beauty". Ebony fret board with MOP block inlays and split diamond inlay on the headstock.
Pickups were P-90 at the bridge and Alnico V at the neck. The frets were low and it became known as the "Fretless Wonder".
1954 The new ABR-1 bridge was introduced and the case changed from the brown/pink to a black/gold case.
1957 The pickups became 3 x PAF [Patent Applied For] humbucker pickups.
1958 Kluson tuners were replaced with Grover Rotomatics.
1960 The Les Paul Custom was discontinued and was replaced by the Double Cutaway.
1961 A small number were made with the single cutaway until the transition to the SG style body was complete.
1968 Gibson reintroduced the Les Paul Custom as a 2 x pickup model.