Here a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard model. This is an early Les Paul guitar; a faded Honey/Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard model. Looks like the guitar was cherry sunburst at one time as under the scratch-plate there is some faded red to see. 1950s model Les Pauls appear less common as they were discontinued in the early 1960s and replaced with the SG shape, although early SGs still were called Les Paul. This guitar was used by a Dutch Indo-rock band as was quite common in the early 1960s. It has seen good use and has lots of buckle marks on the back and some of the finish is badly worn. Tuner heads were replaced as the plastic went brown and cracked off the pegs. The playability, however, is superb and the guitar has a real bite tone wise. Much heavier than my ‘53 Les Paul and harder to handle but set up with low action it plays quite well. Lives in its worn and smelly pink lined case.
The Gibson Les Paul Standard stands as one of the most widely played and recognisable guitars ever. First marketed as the Les Paul model in 1952, the Les Paul evolved in the ’50s until the design was replaced by the SG in late 1960/1. Up until 1958, the Les Paul models sported a gold metallic finish, and guitars from this era are collectively referred to as Goldtops. Goldtop Les Pauls are becoming sought after and prized by collectors, and each production year showcases the innovations made by Gibson throughout the decade. This model is quite basic, and has the wraparound stud tail piece that proved more sturdy than the trapeze tailpiece that came with the early 1952 models. This wrap job is called a combination stud bridge/tailpiece, and was commonly used by end of 1953. Not long after this, the separate bridge/tailpiece was introduced that overtook the use of the wraparound. The LPs with a trapeze tailpiece are considered less desirable to collectors. The guitar sports a Single cutaway solid-body, Mahogany, Maple top, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard. Two single-coil P90 pickups, trapezoid inlays, Kluson tuners, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, white pickguard, bound fingerboard, stud bridge/tailpiece.