American Elite Stratocaster®
Externally the American Elite Stratocaster has Fender's timeless style, but under the hood it's an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope. With over a dozen new innovations, each guitar is a true performer with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.
Vintage Inspiration The Hampton is a 21st-century update of the Supro electric solidbody guitar. The elegant comfort of the 1960’s-era beveled-edge Ozark body shape and the mighty sound of the original field-coil pickups have been enhanced with an ultra-fast satin neck, Tune-o-matic bridge and updated wave tailpiece. The result is a modern player’s instrument with old-school style and authentic Supro tone! Gold Foil Pickups The Hampton’s Gold Foil pickups use the same internal construction as the original “Clear-tone” pickups, providing a massive, broadband sound with remarkably low noise for a single-coil design. The mini-humbucker-sized version of the Supro Gold Foil pickup found in this guitar has the same internal construction as the humbucker-sized versions found in the other Island Series models. The Hampton’s bridge pickup is wound slightly hotter than the others, while the middle pickup is RWRP, providing fully hum-cancelling sound in the “2 and 4” positions of the 5-way blade switch. Modern Construction The time-tested tone-wood recipe of an alder body paired with a 25 ½”-scale maple neck and rosewood fretboard combine with the Hampton’s vintage-correct pickups to produce an exceptionally dynamic playing experience. Blending vintage American tone with refined set-neck design, the Supro Hampton is intended for the professional musician who needs an ergonomic and versatile guitar capable of handling most genres of music with authority. The three pickups cover a huge range of tones, from fat single-coil jazz tones in the neck position to spanky funk tones and sparkling twang in the middle, and pure rock power when the bridge pickup is selected.
Vintage Inspiration The Westbury is a 21st-century update of the Supro electric solidbody guitar. The elegant comfort of the 1960’s-era beveled-edge Ozark body shape and the mighty sound of the original field-coil pickups have been enhanced with an ultra-fast satin neck, Tune-o-matic bridge and updated wave tailpiece. The result is a modern player’s instrument with old-school style and authentic Supro tone! Gold Foil Pickups The unique Gold Foil pickups found in the Supro Westbury are faithful reproductions of the original magnetics developed for Valco by Ralph Keller in the early 1950s. These pickups, which gave voice to the vintage Chicago-made Supro guitars, have a massive, broadband sound with remarkably low noise for a single-coil design. The humbucker-sized Gold Foil bridge pickup found in the Westbury is slightly overwound, while the neck pickup is reverse-wound in order to provide fully hum-cancelling sound when the two pickups are combined by selecting the middle position of the 3-way toggle switch. Modern Construction The time-tested tone-wood recipe of an alder body paired with a 25 ½”-scale maple neck and rosewood fretboard combine with the Westbury’s vintage-correct pickups to produce an exceptionally dynamic playing experience. Blending vintage American tone with refined set-neck design, the Supro Westbury is intended for the professional musician who needs an ergonomic and versatile guitar capable of handling most genres of music with authority. The Westbury’s dual-pickup configuration lets the player switch effortlessly between warm, single-coil neck pickup sounds, throaty bridge tones, or a perfectly balanced, parallel combination of both pickups for rhythm work.
Heavy-Aged 1968 Les Paul Goldtop
This 50th Anniversary 1968 Les Paul Goldtop was meticulously crafted to be an exact replica of one well-worn original example - a guitar that just so happens to belong to a Gibson Custom Shop employee who received it new in 1968! Every one of these recreations perfectly captures the character and vibe of that invaluable original, the result of exhaustive study, uncompromising attention to detail and fine American craftsmanship. Each will include an exclusive case, collectible switch plate medallion, throwback hang tags and guitar picks, and a copy of the 1968 Gibson Gazette which announced the new Les Paul models to the world. Limited to only 68 total instruments produced.
60 Les Paul Standard
1960 was the last year for the original Les Paul Standard and single-cut Les Pauls in general, as the SG model was lined up to replace them with a more "modernistic" look. This year also saw the adoption of new "reflector" knobs and a new slim neck shape, a perfect profile for the many famous musicians who played '60 Bursts including Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, and Paul McCartney. Gibson Custom's '60 Les Paul Standard is a painstakingly-accurate replica of the highly-valuable originals rendered in detail so intricate that even the chemical composition of the parts has been scientifically examined and re-engineered – and that's just one small example. Sonically, visually, and tactilely, owning a 2018 Gibson Custom Historic Les Paul Standard is as close as one can get to owning a priceless original. Available in four beautiful sunburst variations in Gloss or VOS (vintage patina, shown) finishes. Left-handed models available as well.
Tak Matsumoto Les Paul Standard 2018
The new 2018 Tak Matsumoto Les Paul in Canary Yellow is based on a limited run created by Gibson Custom Shop for Tak almost 20 years ago – reissued now to honor of the 30th Anniversary of his famous band, B'z. The original run in 1999 marked the first time an Asian artist received a Gibson signature model, another great reason to commemorate this unique instrument. It retains all the unique aesthetics and handsome appointments as the original Canary Yellow model with some updates like an acoustically-chambered mahogany body and a mix of historic and contemporary parts and specs. It is offered as an exclusive model for Japan and Southeast Asia.
57 Les Paul Custom
The '57 "Black Beauty" Les Paul Custom is perhaps the most beautiful guitar ever made, revered both for its undeniable upscale aesthetic and its versatile sound. The dark, dense Ebony fingerboard produces clarity and sustain while the single-piece solid Mahogany body adds a warmth and mid-range unlike any other Les Paul. 2018 marks the first time the Historic '57 Les Paul Custom model includes all "True Historic" plastics and parts, chemically and structurally re-engineered from vintage examples. Available with two or three pickup configurations in Gloss or VOS (vintage patina, shown) finishes. Left-handed models available as well.
Les Paul Studio Elite
The Les Paul Studio is a stylish, essential guitar that delivers on design, tone and playability. For 2018 the Special Run Gibson Les Paul Studio Elite gives a premium look and feel you normally only see on instruments carrying a premium price tag. Nickel hardware, rosewood fingerboard and ultra-modern weight relieved body are all wrapped in a mythical Silverburst finish. The classic Bigsby tailpiece finishes things off beautifully matching the 57 Classic pickups legendary tones.