The new Gibson Custom Shop Vivian Campbell Les Paul Custom is a limited edition run of the rock guitarist’s new signature model. Each one comes hand signed by Vivian himself – if you stump up an extra $1000.
Vivian Campbell Les Paul Custom
As a ‘Vivian Campbell’, you want this guitar to be an all-out rock machine. After all, he is known for his high octane style of ’80s fuelled rock riffs and leads.
Luckily for us, it looks like his input into the Les Paul Custom has indeed delivered the goods. We get a nice tuxedo-style, slightly-over-the-top Custom with a fast-playing 1970s neck profile, jumbo frets (yes, finally a Les Paul Custom with jumbos) and a pair of high-output DiMarzio Super Distortion (bridge) and Super 3 (neck) humbuckers. I would expect this particular Les Paul Custom to squeal and wail with the best of them!
The hardware, including the DiMarzio pickups, is all finished in Satin Aluminium and looks good on the chosen finish, which is called Antrim Basalt Burst. The whole guitar looks really well thought out, and I think you can thank Mr Campbell for that input. Gibson states that the colour scheme is a “rubbed-patina black-and-grey colour scheme inspired by the coastal rock formations of Vivian’s hometown in Northern Ireland”.
Yes, it is another limited edition run from the Custom Shop, so it isn’t exactly cheap. You get all the standard woods like a mahogany body that has a two-piece figured maple top and a five-piece maple/walnut long tenon neck with a Richlite fretboard.
The tuners are a set of Grover Kidneys and it has a TonePros locking bridge and locking tailpiece, all finished in the Satin Aluminium. As with the recent Slash signature models, I am not convinced that Vivian Campbell’s signature is worth $1000, however it does look like a decent Les Paul Custom.
RRP – USD 4999 with hard case and COA or USD 5999 signed inc. hard case and COA