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Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Vintage Original Spec Electric Guitar (with Case)

Get the looks, feel, and specs of a 1956 Les Paul. This vintage model features a Tune-o-Matic Bridge and an Antique Gold finish. (4) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
Carved maple top Impeccable feel, enhanced body contours
P-90 pickups Bright and clear; strong mids, great lows
Bumblebee capacitors Sweet, full tone; original '50s design
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel

Product Description

Gibson's introduction of the Les Paul model in 1952 laid the template by which all other electric guitars would be measured, but it would still undergo several key modifications before developing into the iconic version widely known today as the Les Paul Standard. One of the most significant changes to the Les Paul model was the addition of the new Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece in 1956, replacing the trapeze and wraparound tailpieces that had adorned earlier versions. The innovative Tune-o-matic-also known as the ABR-1-was the brainchild of celebrated Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, and set the standard for simplicity and functionality in electric guitar bridge design. The Goldtop models proved instantly popular with a growing legion of electric blues players, most notably B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Tiger Haynes, and today is one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed.

Near-perfect Recreation
The 1956 Les Paul Goldtop from the Gibson Custom Shop is presented with all the historically accurate appointments and legendary tone of the original. No detail is overlooked, starting with the Les Paul's traditional hand-carved maple top and solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body. The headstock is made from Holly head veneer, as opposed to fiber, just like it was in 1956, and the vintage-style tulip tuners are mounted in a straight line, also as they were on the original. The 24 3/4-inch scale length neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany, and attached to the body using a long neck tenon-one of the Les Paul's more distinguishing characteristics of the 1950s. The neck is topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard outfitted with acrylic trapezoid inlays matching the size of color of the originals. Also significant are two of Gibson's legendary P-90 singlecoil pickups, providing all the punch and raw power that made the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop the guitar of choice for many early electric blues players. The guitar's Antique Gold finish also matches the hue of the earliest versions, giving this Custom Shop model the accurate and distinct appearance of this traditional Les Paul. Other historical appointments include CTS potentiometers, bumble bee capacitors, rolled creme-colored fingerboard binding, single-ply thin binding around the body, and period-correct switchwasher and jackplate. The 1956 Les Paul Goldtop comes either a V.O.S. or Gloss finish, and comes with the standard Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.

Goldtop Finish
Gibson's famed Goldtop finish was one of two colors (black was the other) decided upon by Les Paul and Maurice Berlin, appointed Gibson's general secretary and treasurer after the company he founded, Chicago Musical Instruments, acquired controlling interest in Gibson. Berlin wanted the guitar to convey an impression of being "expensive," the "best," and most "superb," and felt the color of gold would achieve this.

Vintage Original Specs
Aged to perfection, Gibson VOS (Vintage Original Specs) guitars undergo an "aging process" for an oxidized finish and all the dings and scratches you would expect from a well-worn guitar. VOS series guitars look and feel like a 50-year-old guitar should.

This video from Gibson gives a great overview of the stunning VOS series:


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Body & Hardware:
Carved maple top

Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back

Single-ply cream binding on top

Thin toggleswitch washer & jackplate

Antique Gold finish

Nickel hardware

ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Neck & Headstock
1-piece mahogany neck w/ long neck tenon

22-fret rosewood fingerboard

Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)

Single-ply cream binding

Early '50s rounded neck profile

24-3/4 in. scale length, 1-11/16 in. nut width

Holly headstock veneer

Vintage tulip tuners

Electronics & Strings
P-90 single coil pickups

CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch

Vintage Reissue .010 strings

Includes Custom Shop case, and certificate of authenticity.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "I like big necks and I cannot lie"
Overall: I recently purchased one of these and could not be happier.Huge 50's neck,so comfortable because it fills your hand and reduces thumb fatigue on a 4 hour gig.And I think the extra mass generates a bigger tone,mine sounds and plays great.These VOS guitars are some of the finest instruments Gibson has made in a long,long time.
Style of Music: Jazz,R&B,West Coast Blues
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