The BurstBucker pickups on this Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS (Vintage Original Spec) are precise copies of the original "Patent Applied For" versions that were the first dual-coil humbucking picku... Read More
The BurstBucker pickups on this Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS (Vintage Original Spec) are precise copies of the original "Patent Applied For" versions that were the first dual-coil humbucking pickups ever produced in quantity. Their full, round, and versatile sound is as unique now as it was then. Classic carved maple top, solid (non-weight relieved) mahogany back, and one-piece mahogany neck generate the singing resonance that made the original one of the world's most sought-after guitars. Finish and hardware are gently aged to make it look exactly like the real McCoy. Early '50s rounded neck profile gives you something serious to hang onto.
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Reviewed by 11 customers
I'll start with the negatives. First off, this sucker is heavy and the neck is baseball bat thick. The rest is beautiful. The body is a non-weight relieved solid piece of mahogany. The 24 ̴_-inch scale length neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany and attached by a long neck tenon. The neck is topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays matching the size of color of the originals. Burstbucker pickups use �ۡ��̏unmatched�ۡ�ݕ�_ bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. CTS potentiometers, bumble bee capacitors, rolled cr����me-colored fingerboard binding, single-ply thin binding around the body, and period-correct switchwasher and jackplate. Except for 60 year old wood this guitar is supposed to be made exactly like they were made in 1957. If you have small hands you might have issue with the neck but I love it and I think it adds to this guitars singing tone. It plays beautifully and comes plecked and strung with Gibson's vintage reissue strings. The VOS treatment makes it look like it's been lovingly cared for since 1957 and not attacked with a hammer , ice pick and a grinder like a Fender relic. Blues, Jazz, Rock or Metal, this thing does it all and sounds great doing it. I love this guitar, I get a warm feeling when were together.
this guitar is absolutly the best les paul ive ever touched in my life. about a year ago i started looking for a les paul that would play really well, have a great tone and was very diverse and i ended up with one of these bad boys. this guitar looks awesome, plays like butter, has an amazing tone, and sustain for days. you could buy a les paul or you could by the best les paul ever made. u pick which ever one you want but im sticking with the 57 Goldtop VOS. the pickers guitar.
I had always wanted a goldtop lp but i didnt want just any goldtop i had played plenty of standards in the goldtop color but they cant hold this one alike. the 57 humbuckers just scream out and the playability is unmatched. this is a get slide guitar as well. if your looking for a versitle guitar with a golden tone thats unmatched this would be the ultimate buy.
This should be 10 Stars. I found one 1957 Goldtop in 85% Original condition recently. It was a mere $185,00.00 USD minimum asking price. In my years of experience I have found only a handful of guitars that rose to legendary and they have all been gold tops. I have played on 1953 trapeze bridge model and a sweet 1968 Goldtop. Both were cherry, sounding like nothing else and I am sure the 1953 is near priceless today. So needless to say I knew getting the sound I want was not going to be cheap or easy. But I was wrong. After going to Gibson Custom website and trying ALL the Les Paul VOS sound files there I found what I was looking for. I ordered the 1957 VOS by calling the GC store closest to me in Oregon and they brought in a brand new one for me factory direct and shipped it to me. I was not expecting perfection with this purchasing method but I was wrong. My R7 is the baddest axe on the planet and it plays and sounds as good or better the the aforementioned 1968. The '53 does not compare in sound or quality. I did my research and found that Gibson has taken Vintage Original Specifications quite literally and has use today's technology in 2008 to re-create the manufacturing materials and methods of the 1957 Goldtop. So, the result is I have a 1957 Gold top R7 that has been built in 2008. The chunky mid '50s neck that I was seeking to get "that" tone. The long neck tenon extending under the neck pickup to get "that" tone. So, I got my tool to make a Black Cat Moan. I swear to God that this baby responds to changes in pick attack and string pressure like nothing else. I was hitting the Pentatonic Road the other day and I could make this instrument sound like a chicken at slaughter. And in the next phrase smooth and sweet like an angel's harp. It is the most expressive instrument I have ever played and is making me a better music maker by releasing the music in my head. I believe this is the finest guitar on the planet at any price. I am very happy with this life decision!
I recently purchased a 1957 Gibson goldtop guitar. This is by far the greatest and most well rounded guitar i've ever played. The sustain,tone and overall quality is better than that of any other Les Paul i own. Even though the price is a little steep the guitar is worth every cent and more. If you can afford it this is the guitar to own!!
First off, no guitar ever gets a five. There always seems to be another that eqauls or is better. Every luthier is different, as is each piece of wood used to build a guitar. How well it is assembled and brought to the finished product, along with the selected materials used, adds to its chance of being a great instrument. Looks are nice, but sound quality is everything!!! A slightly used 57 Gold Top Purchased at GC went home with me after comparing every non-custom shop LP to it. Price seemed to determine higher quality and sound from the non-custom shop LP's. This Gold Top, with its fat early fifties neck, and vintage electronics, one piece back, and long tennon, had warm rich tone, excellent sustain, and was full of chunk that was no comparison to the other LP's I put against it that day in that store. It has a different sound than the newer LP's, but once you realise its the sound that made the Les Paul what it became, you'll be pleased! Very nice LP for being under 4 g's.
My journey to get the 57 Gibson Les Paul goltop Vos started about 2 weeks ago. I had just gotten my Epiphone SG back from the repair shop and I was testing it out to make sure nothing was wrong with it. Happy with the results, I set out on my annualy visit quest in the store to find a guitar that stood above and beyond the standard 'sound'. Each time I came to the store I would always leave unsatisfied, no matter what I picked up and played. Dean, ESP, Jackson, Ibanez, Gibson, even Fender, it didn't matter, I was never hearing that unique difference. I had picked up a 'Studio' Les Paul and was not impressed, at ALL. I had seriously almost given up and would be content it seemed with my epiphone SG with EMG's (81 at bridge & 85 at neck). I saw the 57 goldtop out on the floor, surveyed the price, and laughed knowing it wouldn't sound like the price. I plugged it in, and have never been sooooo happy to be sooooo wrong. I have never, and may never hear such a smooth sound in all my life. It was obvious that it was not just the hardware, but the neck that was the secret to the sound. A little big at first, but in 5 minuets I was used to it. I started off on clean and was hooked, but curious to see if an older guitar could handle sustain, a lot of it. Once again it seemed it was the neck that was the secret, the amount of sustain rocked my world. I bought it 2 weeks later after 3 trips to the store and playing it on every amp in the store. People ask me, "Why would pay $3000 for a guitar?" I simply say, "Because it plays like a million." If your looking for absolute tone, look no further. Hell, I didn't even get into how beautiful it is, and it is gorgeous, but that's not what we should buy a guitar for, but for the sound it produces. A guitar like this provides the tone we all look for, and few of us ever find.
I ordered an LP standard and a 56 VOS goldtop. Well the standard was on backorder and a 57 goldtop came intead of the 56. At first I pondered whether to send it back and get my 56 that I ordered. Well the guitar was so amazing and beautiful I couldn't part ways with it. The intonation was just right, has the most perfect action also. I thought there is no way that I could let go of this thing. This is my first Gibson Les Paul, the guitar has so much power, I own an American Strat and Tele and the goldtop is so much more louder and powerful than the fenders. The LP is definitely a little harder to play than the fenders but the sound is puts out is worth it. I would recommend this guitar over a Standard for the difference in price. The craftmanship put into the VOS's is amazing. So I cancelled my Standard order and am now waiting for the 56 Goldtop, theres nothing wrong with having a couple Goldtops I guess.
You hear player talk about the holy grail of guitars. I have played and own several Gibson Les Pauls, but this one was my holy grail. If you wanna great guitar dont price your self out of a custom shop ignore price tags and just play what you like, Then look at the price. With Gibson and the custom shop you will definatly get what you pay for
I bought the R7 from the nashua store and the best part was that when the first one came in from another store it was a little dinged up. The Sales person, Will, just told me to bring it home and play it while he got a new one in from the factory. the new one came within a week from the central warehouse and we opened the carton in the store. The last time this guitar was touched was at the custom shop. Great quality, tone and sustain, just what I was looking for and the service I got from the nashua store was outstanding, thank you Will.
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