In 1952 the original and legendary Les Paul Goldtop was introduced. Les had requested the gold color not only for flash, but to represent the high quality of Gibson guitars. The following year, 1953, British writer Ian Flemming wrote the novel that created the legendary character James Bond. Two iconic classics had been launched. In 1957, the PAF Humbucker pickups were first introduced in the Les Paul Goldtop and secured it’s rightful place in the history books.
This guitar is a loyal reproduction from the Gibson Custom Shop of the original 1957 Les Paul.
The condition is truly amazing for a virtually decade old guitar.
I’m actually listing this as mint because for it’s age because it is absolutely remarkable. Most guitars that have been at the shop for even a season have more wear than this. With the exception of very light swirls in the plastic back plate and some very slight evidence of hanging in a stand (can’t get it to appear in a photograph) the guitar is ultra clean. The frets and guitar have essentially no play wear. It has no bumps, breaks, or repairs, and is unmolested from its original factory build. In addition, the VOS finishing combined with the natural aging of the hardware has given it the perfect patina. I like to say it has the perfect aging, REAL aging. The guitar also comes in it’s original pristine case and includes ALL the original hangtags, paperwork, and COA. Straight out of a time capsule.
Playability and tone are excellent on this one as well. Very nice late 50’s chunky C shape neck with gentle shoulders and heel. Action is low and bends easily up and down the neck with no dead spots. Neck pickup is very warm, woody, and melodic. Bridge goes from super clean with great chime, to dirty with great sustain when you dig in and drive it. This is a well seasoned and very resonant guitar.
If your looking for a truly exceptional Historic, take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a pristine one that has been aged perfectly and comes with every piece of documentation it left the factory with. It’s a true “time capsule” guitar.
Comes with original custom shop case, all hang tags, and COA.
Weight: 8 lbs 12 oz
Neck Dimensions: .915 @ 1st and 1.01 at the Twelfth
-CTS Pots with Bumblebee caps.
-Burstbucker Custom Shop Humbuckers
-Antique Gold Finish
-1 Piece Mahogany, non weight relieved light weight back
-Carved 2 piece maple top
-1 piece mahogany neck,
-Indian Rosewood Fretboard
-100% stock as it left Gibson’s Custom Shop in 2009 with the exception of upgraded straplocks- originals included
-VOS gold finish, light aging
-All cloth wiring, caps, etc. stock as it left the factory
– Super nice & dark rosewood fretboard
– Neck profile chunky C with gently tapered shoulders and heel
– Lightweight, solid mahogany body
– Lightly tinted, natural finished back