Gibson Custom introduces the Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop 13-Apr-12
An unusually diverse talent on the Nashville scene, Lee Roy Parnell has firmly established himself as a hit-making singer and songwriter, but he has arguably made an even greater impression on the guitar world courtesy of his blistering slide playing, soaring lead work, and rich, earthy tone. To celebrate Lee Roy's achievements, Gibson's Custom Shop has introduced the Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop, a guitar that they say boasts the classic look of a vintage '57 Goldtop, but benefits from ingenious updates to make it a true player's guitar.
The company believes that the Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop is one of the most innovative guitars to come from the Custom Shop design team. Built from the ground up in collaboration with Lee Roy Parnell, with a firm focus on performance, they tell us that it is the result of a dedicated emphasis on creating exceptional tone in a guitar that also will prove the most comfortable, playable instrument you own. All materials are hand-selected by Lee Roy in a small batch process that requires every guitar to pass through his hands, and the feature set, says Gibson --from hardware to custom-wound PAF-style humbuckers-- exhibits a carefully thought-out process that results in a great-sounding, great-feeling guitar. Here's the details in Gibson's own words...
The Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop starts with the classic Les Paul body woods of a two-piece carved maple top and one-piece, unchambered lightweight mahogany body back. While it follows the traditional lines of the '57 Goldtop, however, it encorporates several design innovations to make it a more toneful and comfortably playable guitar. A Big Block™ cavity design achieves more mass in the pickup cavities for greater resonance and tonal depth, while extended pickup pole clearances also are accommodated for enhanced tonal adjustments. The body includes new Player's Cut™ elements designed for enhanced access to upper fret positions: a 7-degree back-angled cutaway contour for exceptional reach, and a smoothed neck heel joint for improved playing comfort, making the Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop a breeze for both slide and lead work.
The neck is carved to a superbly comfortable rounded and subtly asymmetrical profile of Lee Roy's own specification. The neck is finished in satin for a fast feel in the hand, and painted with a distinctive black "stinger" at the back of the headstock, with custom motif. The rosewood fingerboard retains tradition with 22 Vintage Reissue frets and classic acrylic trapezoid inlays, while the Gibson Custom's acclaimed VOS process gives the nickel hardware a gently aged patina. The Goldtop retains a luxurious gloss finish which is subtly darkened with the addition of Custom's Faded Tobacco per Lee Roy's specification. The guitar carries no pickguard, and the artist's signature is engraved in the truss-rod cover.
The "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups in Les Pauls of the late '50s are a big part of these guitars' unparalleled tone, and the Custom Shop goes all out to give the Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop the same sonic splendor. The Custom-Wound Humbuckers loaded into the guitar are Lee Roy's own personal choice of PAF-style pickup, and are the result of extensive metallurgical study of vintage Gibson PAFs from the '50s. Their meticulous design and construction results in a throaty tone with plenty of vintage-PAF bite and clarity and added depth and punch. The guitar's electonics benefit further from high-quality CTS pots and NOS 1960s ceramic capacitors. The entire package is locked down with the classic pairing of ABR-1 bridge and lightweight stopbar tailpiece, and a PLEK-cut nylon nut that retains vintage-voiced resonance and sustain. A set of vintage-style Gotoh tuners with green tulip keys completes the package.
All Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtops will have their own Custom serial run beginning "LRP 001," and will include a silkscreened Gibson Custom hardshell case, a pick and slide bag, and a special dark-gold covered Certificate of Authenticity, as well as owner's manual and adjustment literature, and coverage fom Gibson Custom's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
One-piece Mahogany back and two-piece Maple top with 7 degree cutaway contour on top
Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
Player's cut heal contour for easy access to higher fret positions
Custom wound Humbucker pickups in the neck and bridge
Big Block pickup cavity design for extra resonance and tonal depth
CTS potentiometers with 1960's ceramic capacitors
Vintage reissue tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
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