Gibson / Les Paul Standard / 1952 / Gold / Guitar For Sale

This is a very rare, early 1952 Les Paul Standard with unbound fingerboard. It is one of the first 100 or so made and exhibits some unique features only seen on the first few Les Pauls.

It has, as mentioned, the unbound fingerboard with white side dots, slightly different neck joint and the diagonal screws on the back pickup. The 'i' on the logo is attached to the 'G'. The neck has a very soft V shape to it and the control cavity routing is very different to later examples, probably as they were still figuring out how to do it.

It is completely original down to the last screw and is in superb condition. Have a look at the pics and you will see what we mean. It includes the original, flat top brown case with pink lining that these early ones came in.

The top has faded (or darkened actually) to a really nice, dark, rich gold as you can see when the pickguard is removed and there are a few marks here and there. Neck too is in good condition with some slight wear to the finish. The fretboard is in great shape with plenty of life left in the original frets.

Plastics are correct with the original tall Gibson knobs present. Electrically there seems to be no sign of alterations.

Sonically this guitar doesn't quite have the grunt of a later example but it definelty holds its own. The tailpiece can feel a little cumbersome initially but you soon grow accustomed. The soft v of the neck is very comfortable.

So there you have it. Only the second unbound '52 we have ever had here. A rare sight and in collectable condition that also happens to play superbly well too. What more could you surely ask for...

ATB Guitars, UK  

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