Northern Irish rock guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard has always been seduced by the sound of rock n’ roll. Check out a special behind the scenes look at his Signature Custom Les Paul. Campbell has been shredding Les Paul’s from the age of 15, all of his favorite elements have been distilled into this custom Gibson. Find out the unique inspiration behind the color of this Les Paul and get a taste of the insane sounds this custom shop signature model can produce.
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Vivian Campbell has been a musical force and guitar hero throughout his career, compiling a rock ‘n roll resume as jaw-dropping as his playing abilities. His instrument of choice for nearly all that time has been a Gibson Les Paul. So when Gibson Custom Shop approached Vivian about collaborating on a signature model, the goal was to keep the guitar familiar and highly playable while capturing Vivian’s personality in both aesthetics and tone.
This limited-edition Vivian Campbell Les Paul Custom is the result of months of thoughtful design and construction tweaks and it has received Vivian’s final approval. It features a fast-playing 1970s neck profile, passive high-output humbuckers, satin chrome parts, Les Paul Custom “tuxedo” appointments and a rubbed-patina black-and-grey color scheme inspired by the coastal rock formations of Vivian’s hometown in Northern Ireland. Every part of its creation was a thorough and meticulous team effort from the skilled artisans at Gibson Custom.