A look at the work of Gibson''s inaugural Artist in Residence.

New York City Special Les Paul

New York City Special Les Paul
The New York Special Les Paul is the first work produced as part of the Gibson Custom Artist in Residence program. Inspired by Willis' love of the Manhattan skyline and the water towers hidden within, the New York City Special features hand-carved wood, inlaid copper, and acrylic painting. The copper hardware is untreated so it will wear naturally with time.

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Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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