Gibson / Les Paul SG Standard / 1961 / Cherry / Guitar For Sale

We love an early 60’s Les Paul (SG) here at ATB Guitars and its always a treat when a new one comes in like this 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard.

Advertised as ‘the fastest neck in the world’ when it was introduced in 1961, the new design was a step too far for Les Paul who asked Ted McCarthy (Gibson president) to remove his name from the model. The better access to the neck, unique voice and reduced weight did make it popular with artists such as Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, Eric Clapton, Micky Jones of Man, Jerry Garcia…the list goes on!

We’ve seen faded cherry finishes before but the evenness of this fade all over the body and neck is a sight to behold. Very little of the original shade remains save for the striking colour found underneath the pickup surrounds and the pickguard. There are also a few minor dings and scratches but no serious wear. The neck has faded to a mahogany shade with the pigment almost entirely gone which gives the impression of a sunburst which is quite attractive. The lacquer has worn to a comfortable surface and like the body there are a few minor dinks here that don’t affect playability. The fretboard is in good shape with only a little wear to the surface and has been refretted. The electronics are correct, the PAF pickups don’t seem to have had the covers off.

The guitar comes with its correct black tolex hardshell case with yellow lining.

Sonically,, this guitar doesn’t disappoint. Those of you familiar with the SG will know that it has a higher texture than its older sibling with more of a bite. Add to this a pair PAF pickups and it all opens up. This guitar screams, both pickups are well balanced and there is so much variation available by simply adjusting the volume and tone. The neck is comfortable and not too slim, as can be the case with models from the following year. 

The vibrato is currently fitted with a MoJo Ax Vibrostop which is probably best left alone, as seems to be the consensus, however the original internal gubbings are in a bag in the case and can be reinstated if needs be. The vibrato cover has faded at a slightly different rate as the rest of the guitar and may be from a different unit. 

If you’re looking for a guitar with character, you can’t go wrong with this 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Great tone and looks to die for with a lovely broken in feel. It won’t break your back either!

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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