This Gibson Custom '55 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar is equipped with P-90 single-coil pickups”the archetype pickup favored by several generations of rockers including Leslie West, Steve Marriott, ... Click To Read More About This Product
This Gibson Custom '55 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar is equipped with P-90 single-coil pickups”the archetype pickup favored by several generations of rockers including Leslie West, Steve Marriott, Keith Richards, Mick Ralphs, Mick Jones, and Paul Westerberg. The '55 Les Paul ups the ante with its carved maple top, dual P-90s, and the introduction of a new comfortable and resonant Soft Shoulder '55 neck profile.
Soft Shoulder '55 Neck Profile
Gibson's guitar team chose a '55 Les Paul that had a neck with a magical feel to serve as a model for the Soft Shoulder '55 neck. The depth is the same from the top of the fretboard to the back of the neck like the rounded '50s neck, yet has gently sloping sides that sit comfortably in your hand. The Soft Shoulder '55 neck provides plenty of the ample feel and resonance of a traditional rounded '50s neck while leaning toward the comfort of the '60s slim-tapered neck.
ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece
The ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge was the brainchild of famed Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic is slotted directly into the body of the guitar using a separate stud and thumbwheel, providing a firm seating for the strings and allowing players the ability to adjust and fine tune intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. And held in place with TonePros long steel anchors and long locking studs, the stopbar tailpiece yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent vintage tone and sustain.
Both the neck and bridge positions are equipped with cream-colored screaming single-coil P-90 pickups. The P-90 was the standard pickup on all Gibson models in the late 1940s and into the 1950s and because of its crisp, bright tone it has experienced resurgence in popularity with many of today's modern rockers. These classic Gibson pickups deliver sizzling, slightly gritty midrange roar. You'll find that the P-90s' high output and biting treble has more nuanced harmonic coloring than the typical Fender single-coil pickup.
1955 was a year of great innovation in all areas of American life. 1955 saw the dawn of the United States space program. The first of the classic V8 Chevrolets hit dealerships all over the country, reflecting the spirit of change that was in the air. And don't forget there was Rock and Roll! Jukeboxes were blasting music by Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, a kid named Elvis, and his guitar player Scotty Moore.
Something was afoot. The archetypical tones of this music had already been forged in the Legendary Gibson Guitar Factory. There, in 1955, the future sonic masterpiece known as the humbucking pickup was being prototyped. All the ingredients necessary to create the soundtrack of the next quarter century and beyond existed within that building.
The top comes in a classically beautiful Antique Gold finish, just as Les' first Les Paul Model guitars did in 1952. The rim, back, and neck showcase the beautiful grain patterns of Grade A mahogany and are treated to many coats of high-gloss lacquer. This lacquer accentuates the beautiful wood grain patterns of the mahogany body and protects its maple top. Hand finishing is a process that demands several coats and many hours. Unlike many other manufacturers who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your guitar's wood can breathe and age beautifully.
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