Reverb recently posted a gallery of classic Les Paul models spanning the years 1952 through 1960. The guitar has a storied history, each variation with a tale of its own. Here’s a note about the gorgeous ’55 Les Paul Custom:
Like the Goldtop, the Les Paul Custom’s tuxedo-like cosmetics were meant to look high-end, earning this model the nickname Black Beauty. The Custom differed from the Standard in its use of multi-ply binding, square inlays on an Ebony fingerboard, gold-plated parts and comparatively low frets. This model was the first to use the new stopbar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge, an innovation closely associated with Ted McCarty which was added to the standard in 1955.
Take them all in at Reverb.