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Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Gold Top Electric Guitar (with Case)

Is that a '57 Goldtop? Close -- it's the 1957 Les Paul Gold Top Reissue, a historically accurate recreation of a classic LP from Gibson's Custom Shop. Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Gibson CustomBucker pickups Gibson's modern recreation of classic PAF pickups
Rounded '50s neck profile Rounded, fat-back neck shape
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel

Product Description

By 1957, Gibson's evolving Les Paul Model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson's pioneering PAF humbucker in 1957, the pickup that truly made the Les Paul a legend. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop is the closest thing to taking a time machine more than 55 years back in time to land your own original, and now for 2013 it features a host of details to make it the most accurate recreation of the '57 Goldtop ever created.

In addition to its foundation of a solid, lightweight mahogany body with carved mahogany top and a glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue benefits from Gibson Custom's 20th Anniversary Specifications, adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson(TM) "Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Gold top and mahogany back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson. In every other detail the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains true to its inspiration, too, including the chunky, rounded '50s neck profile that not only feels great in the hand, but transmits added string vibration from neck to body for enhanced resonance and sustain. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is also available as a gloss finish and a Darkback option with a darker mahogany back.

At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a pickup with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent--hence the name "Patent Applied For," or "PAF"--on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year. Gibson Custom's Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late '50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF "bite." These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar's volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing "woman tone" when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.

Features:

- One-piece rosewood fingerboards
- Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
- Custom Buckers
- Kluson Deluxe machine heads
- Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
- Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
- Mahogany Goldtop Top and Back Color Change
- Gloss Finish

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- Top: Carved Mahogany Top
- Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
- Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
- Neck Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
- Neck Profile: Early '50s Rounded
- Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
- Tuning Keys: 12:1 Kluson Deluxe (Nickel)
- Neck Species: One-piece Rosewood
- Neck Radius: 12"
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Binding: Single-ply Cream
- Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
- Nut Width: 1.687
- Nut Material: Nylon
- Bridge Width: 2.062
- Bridge: Nickel ABR-1 bridge
- Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
- Strap Buttons: Aluminum
- Pickups: Custombuckers
- Potentiometers: 2 Volume / 2 Tone
- Capacitors: Bumblebee
- Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
- Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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