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.
Here a great guitar from the Gibson stable, the Gibson Les Paul 61 reissue basically the then new SG shape. This guitar remained in production ever since byt lost the LesPaul affiliation and name in 1963 upon Les Pauls insistence. Thebody and neck are made from mahogany, the guitar has the usual double-cutaway style with bevelled edges. Great playing axe with a lighter weight than the Les Paul, still great resonance and sustain. Dark rosewood fingerboard with a cool look and feel, two PAF-style ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, and historically recreated and period accurate plastics.
Guitar is finished in Heritage Cherry finish nitrocellulose, giving this guitar a great vintage feel, despite it being a re-issue .
Pickups are period accurate PAF-styled humbuckers ’57 Classics, both neck and bridge positions. Alnico II magnets, wound with enamel-coated wire. Additionally , the coils have been wax potted to reduce micro phonic feedback and resulting squeal. Controls are the classic configuration of an independent volume and tone control for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch.Tune-o-matic bridge and vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, and a period correct Sideways Vibrato system (Vibrola). Cream binding, black top hat with silver volume and tone inserts, an early ’60s style five-ply black plastic pickguard, and traditional “bell” truss rod cover stamped with “Les Paul”