Gibson Sully Erna Les Paul Studio

Sully Les Paul copyNow this is pretty neat: Gibson USA is releasing a Sully Erna Les Paul Studio with – get this – a built-in flanger. I love this rarely-seen-these-days idea, and I hope it’ll make its way into more guitars. In fact, I’m pretty amazed that a Tube Screamer-style overdrive circuit isn’t a standard feature in pretty much every guitar at this point. The Sully Erna model is very distinctively a Godsmack/Sully axe, with its huge pearlescent sun logo, double-star 12th-fret inlay and moon-and-star headstock inlay, so it’s probably only going to appeal to Godsmack fans, but if you happen to dig it on its own merits, I think it’s well worth checking out. 

The lone pickup is a Gibson ’57 Classic hum bucker with controls for volume and tone (with the flanger engaged with a push-pull switch on the tone pot). The switch you see up in the traditional Les Paul pickup selector position is a kill switch. The body is mahogany with a solid carved maple top, and the neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard.