Gibson Les Paul Standard ’50s Plain Top Inverness Green review – a bold new Custom Color for the landmark single-cut

Gibson’s poster child gets a bonnie upgrade with the Custom Color Series. Inverness Green? It's an Inver-yes from us

Gibson Custom Color Series Les Paul
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

For us, the Custom Color Series is a refreshing change of pace for Gibson. Of course, we love Heritage Cherry Sunburst as much as anyone, but there is something exciting about a vintage-inspired guitar that keeps the retro specs where it counts while adding a twist in the form of a bold new look.


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    It's a great-playing Les Paul in a great finish.

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    Tidy build and finish.

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    Superb tone.


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    Well, there's a Pelham Blue model, too...

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    It's still pricey.

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Like the elusive Nessie, this Gibson colourway is a rather rare sighting in the wild. But don’t worry, you don’t need to dive into the deepest, darkest depths of Loch Ness to find one, as the new Custom Color Series brings this fan-favourite finish to the ’50s-inspired Les Paul Standard.

While the Nashville guitar giant is more associated with breath-taking bursts and gilded Goldtops, Gibson has experimented with a vast array of finishes over the years – something this new series is looking to celebrate. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.