Monday, September 13, 2010

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Gibson Les Paul Custom


The Gibson Les Paul was introduced in 1952, and was made of a mahogany body with a 1" maple cap, mahogany neck with rosewood fret board and twoP-90 pickups. The guitar was only available in a golden finish. In 1954 a more luxurious version was introduced, most probably on specific request by Les Paul himself, as he wanted a more luxurious and classy looking guitar. He requested a black guitar as he wanted it to "look like a tuxedo". Nicknamed the Black Beauty, the guitar had a mahogany body and neck, ebony fret board and mother of pearl block markers inlays in the fret board. The pickups were a P90 in the bridge position and a newly designed by Seth Lover Alnico V pickup in the neck position.[1] The frets are low and flat, as opposed to the usual medium jumbo frets found on other Les Paul customs, and the guitar soon was given the nickname "The Fretless Wonder". The hardware is either gold or nickel silver plated.
By 1957 The Black Beauty also came equipped with either 2 or 3 PAF humbuckers, but strictly speaking this model is not a 'fretless wonder', as the frets were standard medium jumbo frets.
Today, the Les Paul Custom is made with a maple-capped mahogany body rather than the solid mahogany body of the 1954 model. It is available in silverburst, ebony, alpine white, wine red and cherry sunburst. The Custom model differs from the Les Paul Standard in many ways. The cosmetic differences include gold hardware (though silverburst Customs have chrome hardware); block inlays on the fretboard rather than the "crown" inlays of the Standard (with an inlay at the 1st fret, whereas the Standard has none); a "split-diamond" pearl inlay on the headstock; and multi-ply binding around the body, neck and headstock. The construction differences are an ebony fretboard which tends to sound "snappier" and make the fretboard more "slippery," lower frets with more squared off tops that give the instrument the nickname the "fretless wonder" and larger round "speed" style knobs (though other knob types can be seen depending on the year).
The "Split Diamond" Inlay on the headstock was taken from Gibson's 'greatest guitar', the Super 400 CES, a carved archtop, hollow body electric guitar.


== Specifications ==
* Body: Alder
* Neck: Maple, Modern "C" Shape
* Fingerboard: Scalloped Rosewood or Scalloped Maple; 9.5" radius (241 mm)
* Frets: 21 Dunlop 6000 Super-Jumbo Frets
* Pickups: 2 DiMarzio YJM Pickups (Neck & Middle), 1 DiMarzio HS-3 Stack Humbucker (Bridge)
* Controls: Master volume, Tone. 1 No-load tone control (neck pickup), Tone. 2 No-load tone control (middle & bridge pickups)
* Pickup Switching: 3-Way Pickup Blade Switch
* Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
* Tuning Pegs: Fender Schaller Vintage "F" Style Tuning Machines
* Hardware: Chrome
* Pickguard: 3-ply White/Black/White
* Unique Features: Special Refined '60s Shape Neck with Large Late '60s Styled Headstock, Machine Screw Neck Mounting Inserts, Bullet Truss Rod Nut, Brass Nut, Deeper Scalloped Fingerboard, Dunlop 6000 Jumbo Fretwire, Aged Plastic Parts, Aged Pickup Covers


The iconic Gibson Les Paul, took the music world by storm when it debuted in 1952. More than five decades later, this all-time favorite solid body electric guitar continues to influence guitarists, musicians and music lovers all over the world.
Any player who knows their guitar history is already aware that the Les Paul was pioneered, developed with the assistance of, and endorsed by the famous jazz-pop artist of the same name. Paul wanted a guitar that better served the needs of jazz guitarists, one that would offer more sustain and feedback resistance than the hollowbody archtops that were the norm at the time, and would also be more versatile sonically. Of course these qualities also suited electric players in just about every other genre, and Les Paul Goldtops in their earlier incarnations with P-90 pickups quickly wound up in the hands of a diverse range of artists, from formative blues men John Lee Hooker and Freddie King to rock'n'roller Carl Perkins. Following Paul's lead, plenty of jazz players took them up too. Adept at producing thick, warm tones from its neck pickup in particular despite being a solidbodied design, the Les Paul proved a natural choice for plenty of great jazzers. More surprising, perhaps, is the ease with which it adapted to country styles.
Back in the fifties and in the early days of the solid body electric guitar, guitar models were simple in design, barely more than a flat price of wood with minimal accouterments. With the Les Paul Standard, Gibson moved up the aesthetic value of the guitar by designing a stylish and sleek work of art. The move might have seemed strange to followers of Gibson, generally regarded as traditionalists in the field, but on hindsight it was actually an extension of Orville Gibson's radical mandolin designs back in the 19th century. The new member of the Gibson stable was set to have the same caved top form that had so distinguished Orville's earlier designs form the rest of the pack.
The Gibson Les Paul Standard has a solid mahogany body embellished by a carved maple wood top. All Gibson Les Paul guitars have humbucker pick ups that vary depending on the model. The Gibson Les Paul has changed little since its introduction. There have been a few humbucking pickups and updated bridge, but besides these minor changes, this is still the guitar that defined an entire generation of music, from the blues rock of the 60s to the southern rock of the next decade.
By the time the nineties rolled around, the Les Paul signature sound was found in virtually every musical genre there was, from rock and alternative to metal.


===Japanese models===
The engine is the 4B11-type 2.0 litre inline-4 turbo engine. Evolution X can get to 100&nbsp;km/h in 4.8 seconds. Aluminum is used in the roof panel, front fenders and the rear spoiler frame structure.<ref>[ MMC launches Lancer Evolution X — new-generation high-performance 4WD sedan]</ref> Launch model's engine was rated {{convert|280|PS|kW hp||abbr=on}}@6500rpm and {{convert|422|Nm|lbft||abbr=on}}@3500rpm. Following the repeal of 280 horsepower law in Japan,<ref>[ Why Japan finally got its foot off the brake]</ref> engine power was raised to {{convert|300|PS|kW hp||abbr=on}}@6500rpm beginning in 2009 model year.

*'''RS''' - 5 speed manual transmission. 16-inch tires. Driver dual-stage airbag. Standard Engine immobilizer.
*'''GSR''' - Standard rear spoiler. 5-speed [[manual transmission|manual]] or 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission (magnesium paddle shifters on SST model). 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN A13C tire on Enkei 12-spoke high-rigidity cast alloy wheels or optional BBS lightweight alloy wheels. Brembo ventilated disc brakes. Standard S-AWC 4WD system. Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbag. Standard Engine immobilizer with security alarm. Optional Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) which comprises a 30Gb hard disk drive audio/navigation system with {{convert|7|in|mm||abbr=on}} LCD screen. Optional Rockford Fosgate premium sound system. Optional keyless remote entry.

GSR can be fitted with following packages:
**High Performance Package - Bilstein single tube shock absorbers and Eibach coil springs, brembo 2-piece disc brakes, high performance tires with stiffer walls and better grip.
**Stylish Exterior Package - Chrome finish for the front grille lattice and beltline molding, body color-keyed fender vents, adds fog lamps.
**Leather Combination Interior - The seats match the color of the exterior.
**Premium Package - All 3 above packages plus {{auto in|18}} BBS lightweight alloy wheels.

*'''GSR-Premium''' - Replacement of Premium Package beginning with 2009 model year, but added MMCS and Rockford Fosgate premium audio.
*'''GSR Ralliart Edition''' - The Ralliart version was launched again, this limited edition for Lancer Evolution X is exclusively tuned by '''[[Mitsubishi Ralliart]] [[Japan]]''' equipped with 5 speed [[manual transmission]], Ralliart Wheels 18 inch forged ''1-piece'' black alloy wheels paired with Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD0B tires, advanced rear wing design (Choice of Deck Spoiler or GT Wing), official Ralliart livery, Rockford Fostgate premium sound system with Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) which comprises a 30Gb hard disk drive audio/navigation system with {{convert|7|in|mm||abbr=on}} LCD screen. Its [[4B11T]] racing engine has maximum power output of 224 KW (300 bhp/ 304 ps).

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