The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Gold Top. Les Paul thought his namesake guitar needed a new look and suggested a classy ebony finish would go well with a tuxedo on stage. But Les also knew that the “Les Paul” guitar had to keep up with the competition, so his “Les Paul” also got an additional pickup, making the Les Paul ‘Black Beauty one of the most striking guitars of its time. Les thought so too and frequently performed with his Black Beauty on the Les Paul and Mary Ford weekly television show. The Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 has often been referred to as the “ultimate tuxedo” Les Paul. And with its gold appointments, fully bound body, neck, headstock and pearloid inlays, we think you’ll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 is one of a kind.
While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom differed from the Les Paul Standard with its solid mahogany body without a maple cap. Epiphone’s Black Beauty 3 follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body which gives the guitar a slightly mellow tone. Like the original, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Black Beauty 3 is fitted with a solid mahogany neck, hand-fitted with a glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact which allows the body and neck to resonate like a single piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast “SlimTaper™ “D” profile, a 24.75” scale, and a 1.68” nut. The result is a tribute to Les’ timeless design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul.
At the heart of the Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty are three Epiphone Alnico Classic™ humbucker pickups. These pickups, patterned after Gibson USA ’57 Classics, combine Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is both warm and subtle with a full and even response that doesn’t hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch!
Loaded with premium add-ons! for the Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty
Other premium features include Epiphone’s LockTone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar combination bridge for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover® machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, and a 5-layer bound headstock.
Historic 3-pickup “Fretless wonder”
Alnico Classic™ humbuckers
Grover™ machine heads
Body Material mahogany
Neck Material mahogany
Neck Shape SlimTaper™; D-profile
Neck Joint Glued-in, set neck
Truss Rod Adjustable
Scale Length 24.75
Fingerboard Material pearloid block inlay
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Frets 22 medium jumbo
Pickups Alnico Classic Humbuckers
Pickup Selector Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle switch
Controls 1-neck volume, 1-neck tone, 1 bridge volume, 1-bridge tone
Bridge Locktone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
Nut Width 1.68”
Binding 7-layer body front and back, 5-layer headstock, 1-layer fingerboard
Machine Heads Grover® 16:1 ratio
Warranty Epiphone Limited Lifetime
Typical Weight (+/- 5%) 9.9 lbs
Strings D’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
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