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Rick Beato's signature double-cut Gibson Les Paul has finally arrived

Rick Beato sits with his new signature Gibson Les Paul Special
(Image credit: Audra Melton)

YouTube electric guitar giant Rick Beato first announced last January that he had joined forces with Gibson to create a new signature guitar: a double-cut based on his personal Les Paul Special.

Now – after Beato heightened anticipation for the model with some assembly-line photos back in April – the model has finally been officially launched. You can see it in action below.

Envisioned as a combination of two of Beato's favorite guitars – a TV Yellow double-cut Special and a Pelham Blue Les Paul Standard – the Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut features a mahogany body that's been thinned out. All told, it weighs in at a slim 7.2 pounds.

The Les Paul's neck – which sports an Indian rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and acrylic dot inlays – has a heel that's been specially sculpted for easier upper-fret access.

Sonics come by way of a pair of P90s, controlled by two volume and two tone knobs, plus a three-way pickup switch. Hardware, meanwhile, comes in the form of a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a stopbar tailpiece, a black multi-ply pickguard, and vintage deluxe tuners with white buttons. All hardware is finished in nickel.

Beato's Les Paul is fairly light on signature touches, but his signature does make an appearance on the truss rod cover.

"The only thing that's different between this and a regular Les Paul Special," Beato summarizes in the video above, "is that this is a quarter of an inch thinner, so it's lighter and more resonant. It's actually similar to my 1965 SG – it's very light like an SG."

The Gibson Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut is available now – in a custom TV Blue Mist finish, and with an Original Series hardshell case included – for $1,999. All proceeds from the model will be donated to the Save The Music foundation (opens in new tab), which helps provide access to music education for American public school students.

For more info on the model, visit Gibson (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.