Les Pauls: 57 Custom VS 68 Custom

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  1. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    So what are the differences between the two? I know the 57 is all mahogany and the 68 has a maple top. Anything else? Are the frets bigger on one model? Which neck is fatter?

    I just purchased a 68 and love it, and now I am curious about the 57 and how it stacks up.

    Thanks!
    -Mark
     
  2. Green Pro Am

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    Congrats. I just picked up a Black 68 VOS.
     
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    Is it one of the flame top models?

    The '57 has Burstbucker 1/2's and a fat neck. The '68 has '57 Classics and a rounded profile neck which is what's on the SG Standard and a few of the ES's. Both have solid mahogany backs and I'm not sure about the frets.
     
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    Right, but which neck is fatter? Both Customs would be ebony, by the way.
     
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    My 68 has a neck that is very similar to a R8 or R7. Mine also has Burst Buckers.
     
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    The early 50's rounded neck on the '57 should be fatter but with all things Gibson, it varies.
     
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    Doesn't the 68 have a shallower headstock angle-14 degrees vs 17 for the 57 Historic?
     
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    Both have maple tops, and 17 degree headstock pitches. I have an R7 that has a huge neck, and the '68 Customs I've played might be *slightly* smaller, if at all.
     
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    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    Just to clarify, I am talking about Les Paul Customs, the 1957 versus the 1968. I have a 68 and was wondering about the comparisons between the two.
     
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    Fiesta Red~ I had an R7 Custom Black Beauty and the neck was very similar to my current 68 Custom. The 57 BB was a great sounding and playing instrument, but simply was too heavy at 11lbs. Gone!

    If anything, the BB had a bit more 'shoulders' on its neck. It is not a chunky as my R7 Goldtop's huge neck however. They each have 57 Classics but sound different from one another. The BB was more mellow as an all Mahogany-bodied guitar would. The 68 has slightly more bite than the R7 Goldtop, but they both have incredible tone.

    The frets are very similar on all three.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Sorry but that's incorrect information your passing along.

    The '57 BB Custom definitely has a mahogany top, not maple as you've stated.
     
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    You're right. I thought he was talking about the goldtop R7.

    Never mind!
     
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    I wound up with another 68 Custom. Alpine white!
     
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    Post pics of that baby!!!

    I've got a Historic R7 BB in to Lay's for an aged white refin as we speak. This will be the only one i've ever heard of once it's complete.
     
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    To my ears the '68 has more sizzle and ring in its top end. I thought the '57 Black Beauty Custom I tried, even though meaty in its mids, was rather dark-sounding, even by Les Paul standards....

    jb
     

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