It is the BEAUTIFUL transparent black finish!! I bought this guitar 2 years ago over $1700 at Guitar Center El Cerrito. I really love this guitar. But know, most of the time, I have to play acoustic, so in the mean time, I almost never to use my “Gibson”. I hate to sell this guitar, because everything is perfect, you can check the review (harmony central). I highly maintained this guitar. You can check from the photo. There is very small dent on the corner and slight discoloration from the bridge pickup and the bridge, should be easily restored (check the photo), but the rest is excellent condition. Reference: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Standard-Double-Cut-Plus-Electric-Guitar?sku=517344 More information: Gibson Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar Features: Featuring the modern look and fast feel of the LP double-cutaway body, the Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar is a true tone factory and a speed demon. The 490R alnico magnet humbucker at the neck and 498T humbucker at the bridge provide a huge, chunky sonic palette that'll take you from L.A. to Nashville to Chicago. The rosewood fingerboard has a full 24-fret reach and a silky, tight feel that's both fast and accessible. The carved figured maple top is sensually shaped and fairly glows, set off by the perfectly polished hardware. Mahogany back and neck, with tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. Gibson Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar Features: Carved figured AAA maple top Chambered mahogany body Mahogany neck '60s-style slim taper neck profile Rosewood fingerboard 24-3/4" scale length 24 frets 1-11/16" nut width 2.062" wide at 12th fret Pearloid trapezoid inlays Single-ply fingerboard binding Gold Hardware Stopbar tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge Amber top hat knobs Grover kidney tuners 490R Alnico magnet neck humbucker 498T Alnico magnet bridge humbucker One volume, one tone, and three-way pickup switch Setup with Gibson Brite Wires .010-.046 Includes Gibson USA black reptile-pattern hardshell case with dark grey plush interior and silver Gibson USA logo Gibson hardshell case included. I will double boxed it for shipment. Price: Asking $1150 shipped to Con US. Pictures link here: http://download.yousendit.com/1A7422CA08C8D2A1 Thanks!