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Gibson Custom 2013 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS Antique Gold

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

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
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 ΒΌ"
Finish
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case
  • Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
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5.0

My Goldtop

By Michael

from Hammond, Louisiana

Comments about Gibson Custom 2013 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS:

I have had my historic reissue for about 13 years now...for me, the best guitar that I have ever played. Of course, we all have different styles, techniques, and levels of ability. The thick neck takes some getting used to, but the tone more than makes up for that. Once you get accustomed to the neck, the playability of this guitar, again, in my opinion, is unmatched. Yeah, it's expensive, but in this case, you DO absolutely get what you pay for. I use this guitar for recording and live performances. My Goldtop has paid for itself in paying gigs over the years, and the tone makes me, an average guitar player sound great. Highly Recommended

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