During the late 1950s and after a decline in sales of the now insanely sought after Gibson Les Paul 1959, Gibson discontinued the Les Paul range as we now now and issued a new design what now is commonly known s the SG. Although initially called Les Paul, the model was quite different from the original Les Paul models, based on a single Cutaway shape. The 1961 Les Paul models were flatter, thinner double Cutaway guitars that now are know as the Sg model. This 1961 model issued with a single P90 pick up is no exception. Guitar looks ace and plays superbly. Some hardware was updated but the vintage pieces have been kept and are stored in the guitars original Gibson hard case.