Gibson / Les Paul Standard / 1955 / Gold / Guitar For Sale

If you are looking for what could be the very best example of a wrap tail 50's LP Goldtop on the planet then you have probably found it... Its also one of the lightest weight examples we have seen too!

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, totally near MINT guitar. The gold of the top has retained its lustrous finish and there isn't a mark to be seen. There is no sign of greening to the finish. Mostly free of checking, this guitar has been very well cared for.The clear coat on the back really accentuates the grain and colour of the mahogany. 

The fretboard is in MINT shape as is the neck. The original frets look to be barely used.

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 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 been as well cared for as the guitar.

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  

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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