Guitar Review: The Buckethead Signature Gibson Les Paul

The Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul is unlike any Les Paul out there. With an over-sized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fretboard, and Buckethead’s custom Gibson ceramic humbucker pickups, complete with modified electronics and kill switches.

The Buckethead Les Paul is designed for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer

The Techs & Specs

Each Buckethead Signature Les Paul is crafted from a two-piece maple top attached to a chambered mahogany body. This wood combination is one of the most legendary pairings in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar and yields a beastly tone  that is unmatched. The chambering adds a further dimension, increasing the guitar’s tone, while also increasing its acoustic volume and sustain.

The Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul is finished in high-gloss alpine white which is not often found. The neck of the Gibson Buckethead signature guitar is constructed from a single piece of solid mahogany, and glued to the body at a 4-degree angle (pitch). Buckethead’s Signature Les Paul neck is carved to its own custom profile that runs from .870″ at the nut to .955″ at the 12th fret, and is designed for speed and comfort. The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features a 27″ Scale length which increases neck tension for improved accuracy and precision and allows for lower tunings, used in modern rock music.

Listen To That Sustain…

The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is equipped with an ebony fretboard and a 12-inch radius fretboard. This Gibson Les Paul sports 24 jumbo frets that are superb to the touch. It carries no inlays, which gives it a sleek look but may hinder beginner and intermediate players.

The Buckethead guitar carries a calibrated pair of Gibson’s contemporary-voiced ceramic series humbucking pickups, featuring a 496R in the neck (rhythm) position, and a hot 500T in the bridge (lead) position. Both are custom made with double-white bobbins to match the look of the guitar. Also, the bridge pickup is split via a push/pull switch on the Tone knob to achieve a single-coil tone.

The 496R in the neck position has excellent sustain and smooth tone while the 500T, is one of Gibson’s two hottest pickups, intended for blistering lead tones, sustain, and searing cutting power in the bridge position This Gibson Les Paul carries two red “arcade” style push-button kill switches to mute the output of the guitar, as well as a push/pull switch on the tone potentiometer to access the bridge pickup’s split-coil feature. The headstock of the Buckethead Les Paul comes with chrome-plated locking Grover tuners. The Buckethead Signature comes protected in a Gibson hard shell case.

Buckethead performing live in shred!

And The Verdict Is…

My overall opinion of this beast is that it shall not be overshadowed by any other guitar. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful this axe is. I drove from Los Angeles to Palmdale just to play around with this guitar. For those of you who don’t know how far that is, it’s about 70 miles each way!

This guitar is special order only; every guitar shop I called did not carry one in stock. With a price tag at around $4,000 USD it’s understandable. The tone is monstrous and bright with amazing attack and sustain. You can really dig into the strings and the notes just seem to sing forever.

I loved the longer neck. It allows more room at the higher frets which means more accuracy and less mishaps. It’s super fast and lightweight which was surprising given the fact that it has a larger body. You can really get lost in the sound of this axe, with beautiful clean tones as well as blistering chunk not to mention all you can do with the kill switches. Beginner and some intermediate players will have trouble with the clean marker-less fretboard, but all in all there is nothing I would change about this Les Paul. It’s perfect in every way. For those of you who don’t know who Buckethead is look him up, he is one of the all time great guitar players and composers of all time. ALL TIME KIDS!

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

  • what a sick guitar, great job nick, can I borrow it for a while 😉

  • Nick

    Dude! i offered to buy it, trade for it everything i could to bring it home with me lol 🙁 no deal though.

  • Does it come with a white head bucket?

  • Jacksonville Guitar

    Yeah, It is really perfect. I love it and I want to buy it now.

  • Dagon313

    I bought it, but here in germany it’s not in store yet so I still have to wait for it. 🙁 But it has my name on it ;D

    BTW I love that phrase “..and the notes just seem to sing forever.”, now I’m even more exited about this guitar !!

    • Hey Dagon, congrats on the new axe! We are very jealous!! Keep us posted on how you like it man!

  • randy

    received my buckethead les paul and love it and i not a big les paul fan but this one I love. I can’t put it down the tone is the best that I have heard in a les paul.

    • Congrats on the buckethead LP Randy! That is one killer axe no doubt about it!!!

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