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1961 Gibson Les Paul Special

Ever wanted a vintage Les Paul from Gibson’s golden era at the price point of a new Custom Shop? Well, here’s your chance. Up for sale is a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Special in its original cherry finish. Why so cheap? Well, there’s a laundry list of reasons but most importantly at some point, the guitar suffered a heel break and headstock break. Both have been professionally repaired and are solid. Alongside the repairs, there is a transparent overspray over most of the back that is truly only visible under blacklight. There is also a couple of filled and touched up screw holes on the face of the body I would imagine from a distinct tailpiece at some point. All four pots and the caps have been replaced as well as the tuners. There are additional holes visible from the old tuners. The strap button has been moved from the back of the body to the bass-side horn which I prefer on the DC LPs from this era. The bridge has been replaced with a Mojotone (original included) and the guitar has been professionally refretted. With that all said, this guitar is a ravishing player and retains its original pickups, pickup covers, pickguard, knobs, and slim 60s style neck shape. All in all, it’s a player with some mods and repairs but a killer example that looks, feels, sounds, and plays the part. Comes complete with a non-original hard case.  

Year: 1961.

Model: Les Paul Special

Serial: 37317.

Finish: Cherry.

Case: Non-original hardshell case.

Weight: 7lbs. 9oz.

Condition: See description.

Modifications: See above.

Comments: Incredible players-grade ’61 Les Paul Special in its original Cherry finish!

Will ship world-wide. International buyers please contact me for a shipping quote before bidding as shipping to some countries can be very expensive.

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Purchase Policies

We offer a seventy two hour approval period on all guitar & amplifiers through our store. We are not able to offer this service on eBay listings. In the event of a return the customer pays all shipping and insurance costs and any other credit card or Paypal fees associated with the transaction. With that said, we go to great lengths to ensure with a hundred% confidence that you are getting the exact item you purchased in the condition and originality described.

We ship exclusively through UPS in the United States and USPS worldwide. If you prefer another shipping method please let us know so we can accommodate your needs.
Customers are responsible for any damages occurred during shipping. Any claims must be handled between customer and shipper.

All returns must be approved by Frank Gross and must be returned in the exact condition they left Thunder Road. Unauthorized returns will be refused and returned at customer’s expense.



Body Type


String Configuration

6 String



Body Color


Body Material

Solid Wood


Les Paul Special

Country/Region of Manufacture

United States

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