Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino back and neck

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino back and neck  ·  Source: Gibson

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino with Apex volute

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino with Apex volute  ·  Source: Gibson

Shinichi Ubukata ES-355 Vintage Ebony VOS closeup

Shinichi Ubukata ES-355 Vintage Ebony VOS closeup  ·  Source: Gibson

Gibson USA has been very busy indeed! We thought that they had been really quiet of late, but it turns out they have been preparing a whole slew of new custom models for 2017!

Custom 2017 Range

This new set of custom guitars all look pretty neat! On first glance, it seems we are getting some new finishes and a few tweaks to their ‘classic’ designs. This is a brief overview of the models and we will update as and when we get more information. For now, check out the images below, along with some brief specifications.

 SG Standard Maple Top

Just like it says: an SG but with a maple top! This classic SG shape which you would normally associate with a solid mahogany body now has a two-piece maple cap. Also, it comes with a faux tortoiseshell pickguard and is loaded with a pair of Custom Bucker pickups.

RRP – USD 3499

Gibson SG Standard Maple Top

Gibson SG Standard Maple Top

Les Paul Special Maple Top

A matching Les Paul Special to go with that SG above. Again, it has a two-piece maple cap on a mahogany body and a faux tortoiseshell pickguard. This LP, however, is loaded with a pair of P90 pickups.

RRP – USD 3499

Gibson Les Paul Special Maple Top

Gibson Les Paul Special Maple Top

 

Les Paul Custom Figured Top

This highly figured top on a Les Paul Custom looks very swish (if you like that sort of thing) and has some modern upgrades thrown in along the way. Features a set of a matched set of 490R/498T humbucking pickups and a traditional control layout.

RRP – USD 5,499

 

 

Les Paul Custom Figured Top

Les Paul Custom Figured Top

Heavy Aged SG Standard

This aged version of the SG looks very much like the Aged Les Pauls we told you about last week, though this time it’s a hand-aged, limited edition Antique Pelham Blue finish! Looks pretty sweet for once and I much prefer it to the Les Pauls they did, but it is not cheap!

RRP – USD 5499

Gibson Heavy Aged SG Standard in Pelham Blue

Gibson Heavy Aged SG Standard in Pelham Blue

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino

A Les Paul on a diet, these slimline single cuts now come in a new Rhino Gray finish created specifically for this model and both have the new Apex headstock carve which adds strength to help avoid those headstock breaks that we all know and hate.

RRP – USD 4,499

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino

Modern Les Paul Axcess Rhino with gold hardware

 

The Johnny A. Spruce Top

As the name suggests, this edition has a spruce top. Gibson say that it is trying to emulate the snap of an archtop guitar design, but fit it into a smaller guitar frame. The back and main body is solid mahogany all carved from one piece of wood and outfitted with internal acoustic chambers!

RRP -USD 4,499

The Johnny A. Spruce Top

The Johnny A. Spruce Top

The Johnny A. Spruce Top

The Johnny A. Spruce Top in sunburst

Shinichi Ubukata ES-355

A striking design! Look at those fantastic diamond sound holes. This is the new signature model for Japanese guitarist Shinichi Ubukata and has some beautiful, classic hardware like a Bigsby trem and a Varitine circuit, plus a great understated Ebony VOS finish. It’s not cheap, but it looks cool as f**k!

 RRP – USD 4,649

Shinichi Ubukata ES-355 Vintage Ebony VOS

Shinichi Ubukata ES-355 Vintage Ebony VOS

Check out the Gibson main page for more details and be sure to comment below on what you think of all these new guitars!

by Jef
  • Lewis Rich

    As usual for Gibson.. Its over priced and ugly quality