Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature
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Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature

Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature, LP モデル from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Hatsubai 09/20/2011

Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature : Hatsubai のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Sykes' sig guitar...kinda"
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Gibson released a small, limited production "inspired by" John Sykes guitar. It has almost all the features of Sykes' actual guitar that he used throughout the years. I can't remember if this or the Edwards one came first. It just kinda struck me as odd that it took so long for Sykes to get his own signature guitar, and it's not even official. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, block inlays, binding, tune-o-matic bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar had some killer fretwork. The frets were perfectly level, and the ends were nicely rounded. The guitar didn't have a single flaw on it at all. I was able to get some super sick action on this without any issues at all. The guitar had a brass nut, and it was actually cut properly. I was fairly shocked that Gibson could cut a brass nut without any issues... and they actually did it twice (see my other distressed Sykes review). The guitar itself was a bit heavy, but a lot of that had to do with the maple neck that's on this thing. The maple neck is really what makes this guitar.

SOUNDS

The guitar had the famous Gibson Dirty Fingers pickups installed in these. For those who don't know, these are probably the hottest Gibson pickups that were ever made. They're crazy hot and fat sounding. The bridge was great with a boosted Marshall, and it was pure 80s tone for days. I know John Sykes is more known for this modded Marshall, almost Mesa sound (he did use a Mark III and Recto, after all), but it seemed to really sing through my own personal modded Marshall. The neck was super powerful as well, and those lead lines just absolutely jumped out. To be honest, I didn't even bother checking to see if the clean tone was any good because the high gain tone just killed.

OVERALL OPINION

I actually prefer this model over the worn one simply because there's so much wear on the worn models. The guitar is pretty much what John Sykes used, and it's nice to see Gibson honoring one of the best 80s guitarists to ever come out of that era. I hope Gibson can keep this kind of stuff up as time goes on.