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      Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS (108867037)
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An accurate recreation of the solidbody classic with tune-o-matic bridge and P-90 pickups.

The Gibson Les Paul Model as it stood in 1956 is a pure rock’n’roll legend, represented in greater detail than ever before in the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue. This was not quite where the Les Paul had begun, and not quite where it was going, but a powerful stop along that road that carried plenty of important features that have made this mid-’50s marvel a beloved tone machine to this very day.

The guitar still retained its fat, snarling P-90 pickups and a rounded ’50s neck profile that not only feels superb in the hand, but also transmits added string vibration from neck to body to enhance resonance. One of the most significant changes to the Les Paul Model of 1956, though, was the addition of the new Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece—which debuted on the Les Paul Custom two years before—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, and set the standard for simplicity and functionality in electric guitar bridge design.

In addition to its foundation of a solid, lightweight mahogany body with carved maple top and a glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint, the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, and period-correct Goldtop and back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson Custom’s proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel. Put it all together, and the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is the quickest route to the look, feel, and tone of a great vintage Goldtop made nearly six decades ago.

The sonic powerhouse of the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains its two fat single-coil P-90 pickups, beloved since the 1940s for their aggressive midrange, solid low end, and sparkling, silky highs—with that ever so slightly gritty edge for added cutting power. Gibson makes its P-90s today just like it did a full 60 years ago, with two Alnico V bar magnets in each pickup and coils wound with approximately 10,000 turns of 42 AWG wire, for plenty of beef when you hit ’em hard, but crystalline clean tones when you back off the guitar’s volume controls. Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls, too.

To top it all off, the 1956 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. Every guitar also includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual and adjustment literature.

Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS Features:

  • One-piece rosewood fingerboards
    Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
    Kluson Deluxe machine heads
    Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
    Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
    Gold top Top and Back Color Change
    Includes hardshell case


Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS Specifications:

  • Body
    Top: Carved Maple Top
    Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
    Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Neck
    Specie:s 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
    Profile: Early '50s Rounded
    Truss Rod: Traditional
    Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Fingerboard
    Species: Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Binding: Single-ply Cream
    Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Nut
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Headstock
    Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/Pearl logo
    Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Tuners
    Model: Kluson™ Deluxe
    Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    Plating: Nickel
    Bridge
    Type: ABR-1 bridge
    Plating: Nickel
    Tailpiece
    Type: Lightweight Aluminum Tailpiece
    Plating: Nickel
    Hardware
    Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Mounting Covers: Cream
    Control Plate: Cover Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Pickups
    Neck Position: P-90 Single Coil
    Bridge Position: P-90 Single Coil
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Electronics
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Capacitors: Bumblebee
    Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
    Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    Finish
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Antique Gold VOS
    Case
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell


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