Sitka spruce /Flamed maple
These guitars are quite a rarity in the Gibson world. Very few of them were produced. Even fewer are produced in a sunburst finish.
This guitar is stunning! The guitar’s obvious standout feature is the inlay work, consisting of abalone vines on the fretboard and headstock. The inlays are particularly striking over the jet black ebony fretboard. As you know, ebony is becoming increasingly rare. Gibson does not use any ebony in producing guitars anymore. The contrast of the inlays against the black ebony is gorgeous!
The sound from this guitar is phenomenal. It has a great balance between the trebles, and bass. The large body gives it a huge sound, while the maple back and sides clean up the highs to almost a crystalline level. I also tend to believe that the luthiers at Gibson take a little more care and time when building these very expensive and highly ornate models. They do carry a higher price tag, after all.
The guitar features a Sitka spruce top, with flamed maple back and sides. It’s remarkable how good the visual quality of the maple is. Truly top-quality woods here.
Abalone purfling adorns each edge of this beautiful guitar – top, back, and sides. This much purfling is extremely rare on Gibson guitars. Go look at other Custom Shop models and try to find another with that much purfling. It’s tough!
The tuners are hand engraved Waverly tuners. These tuners are a staple of high-end luxury guitars. They are magnificent!
If you look at which guitars are currently available from Gibson, most of them are quite bland. For some reason, Gibson has decided to do away with most Custom Shop models and stick to the basics in their repertoire. Gibson is now actually refusing to take custom orders. I do not know the reason for this. These custom and ornate models are becoming more and more rare.