Gibson / Les Paul / 1955 / Goldtop / Guitar For Sale
Released in 1952, the design of the Les Paul undertook some dramatic changes in its first few years. By 1954, the tailpiece was changed from the controversial trapeze design to a wraparound and, possibly more importantly, the angle of the neck was increased in late 53 to improve the action and adjustability of the bridge.
This is a wonderful guitar. The gold of the top has retained its lustrous finish. There are a few dings around the edges with the most obvious being near the neck volume control that has gone through the paint. There is a slight sign of greening to the finish which can happen in some cases.
The checking is wonderful and really adds another dimension to the top. The back of the body again shows signs of wear but on a whole it looks great. The clear coat here really accentuates the grain and colour of the mahogany. This effect continues on the neck which exhibits some quite exquisite patterns and some of the straightest grain we have seen on a neck from this era.
The fretboard is in great shape The refret has been well done. The bridge shows no signs of corrosion and the plastics too are well preserved. The electronics are all correct. All the solder joints look unmolested and the pickups are both strong and very evenly balanced (not always the case!) with the classic mellowness and bite you expect from a 50’s vintage P-90 Gibson.
The guitar comes with its correct Lifton 1955, 5 latch case that seems to have gone through more of a time than the guitar but has at least served its purpose in keeping the guitar in very good shape.
Sonically this guitar is a joy. Both pickups are well balanced and deliver those 50s tones with aplomb. There’s plenty of scope here, from Hairy Fuzzy neck tones through smoother combined sounds to the biting snarl of the bridge pickup. It will make you question why you need any other guitar in your life.
A bucket list guitar if ever there was one, there is no reason why this guitar shouldn't be in your collection. Grab it before it gets away…
ATB Guitars, UK
Hello we’re ATB Guitars.
We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.
Payment and p/x:
All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc.
Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.
Postage and shipping:
We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:
UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275