Gibson / Les Paul Custom / 1956 / Black / Guitar For Sale

If you missed out on our players 1955 Les Paul Custom we sold a few weeks ago then here’s another chance for you, on another players Les Paul Custom at the same great price…

1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom in very good condition, all correct aside from the drop-in tuners from the late 60’s and a repro switch tip (a bag containing the broken remains of an older one is in the case). It also even includes the original hard case.

This one, like the other one has had an overspray on the back of the headstock. Whilst under close examination we can see no evidence of a repair, we must assume that this is why it has been over sprayed in that area and have priced it as such. If it has been repaired then the break did not go all the way through and has been very expertly done, with rock solid stability.

Rest of the finish is spot on with no refinishing and no touch ups. As are all the electrics with no broken solder joints and early 1956 bumble bee caps.

We love these guitars and they are one of the most under rated tone machines from this era. All mahogany body construction with no maple cap seems to suit the Les Paul Custom a fair bit better then a maple cap does in our opinion. It is not as bright, but the depth of power and sheer guts more than make up for this in it’s tonal kaleidoscope.

This example has a very nice top carve, which in our experience is at it’s most prominent during the ‘55 and ‘56 years. There is an amount of checking and a few dings plus a bit of wear In places. All hardware aside from the tuners and the switch tip are nice and correct too.

Original frets are of course low profile but do have play left on them are nowhere near as bad as some make out and in our opinion before you think about ripping these originals out and replacing them with fat frets, try them out and live with them for a while. You will probably warm to them - we have, there are no problems playing them and like the SG LP Customs we have sold and the ES-355’s are just part of the guitars character. However, should you purchase this, you are of course totally free to do with it what you prefer!

Pickups are red hot, very strong (both of them) and as powerful as anything you expect from a vintage P-90 and Alnico V. Both are well balanced and can provide as much tonal character as you desire on a guitar like this.

Beautiful classic design just looks so right and as well as being a powerhouse of tone is also some pretty nice eye candy. Neck is medium chunky as you would expect but not overly so.

Have a look at the pics and have a nice drool. We think this will be a popular piece and Last players Les Paul Custom we had in at this price did not hang around for long…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

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
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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