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      Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS (108867433)
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True to all of the original instrument’s features with a rich, deep appearance.

By 1957, Gibson’s evolving Les Paul Model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the new ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson’s pioneering new PAF humbucker in 1957, the pickup that truly made the Les Paul a legend.

The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop is the closest thing to taking a time machine more than 55 years back in time to land your own original, and now for 2013 it features a host of new details to make it the most accurate recreation of the ’57 Goldtop ever created.

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 1957 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, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Gold top and mahogany back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson Custom’s proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel.

In every other detail the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains true to its inspiration, too, including the chunky, rounded ’50s neck profile that not only feels great in the hand, but transmits added string vibration from neck to body for enhanced resonance and sustain. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is also available as a gloss finish and a Darkback option with a darker mahogany back.

At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a pickup with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent—hence the name “Patent Applied For,” or “PAF”—on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year. Gibson Custom’s new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late ’50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF “bite.” These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar’s volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls.

To top it all off, the 1957 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 includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual and adjustment literature.

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS Features:

  • One-piece rosewood fingerboards
    Hot hide glue neck fit
    Custom Buckers
    Kluson Deluxe machine heads
    Historic truss rod assembly (no tubing)
    Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
    Goldtop top and back color change
    Includes hardshell case


Gibson Custom 1957 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
    Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
    Profil:e Early '50s Rounded
    Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
    Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Fingerboard
    Species: One-piece 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 Stopbar Tailpiece
    Plating: Nickel
    Hardware
    Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Pickups
    Neck Position: Custom Bucker
    Bridge Position: Custom Bucker
    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
    Case
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell


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