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Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar Antique Gold 

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Overview

  • Carved maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Single-ply cream binding on top
Description & Specs
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    $5,645.00
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A meticulously crafted re-creation of an American icon.

The Gibson Custom Shop 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar will revise your idea of how an electric guitar should feel and sound. Ted McCarty's Tune-O-Matic bridge with the designateion ABR-1 was added to the Les Paul in 1956. That, together with individual saddles and thumbwheels to adjust the bridge height, represented a quantum leap forward in intonation, tone, and sustain. This beautifully crafted reissue is a letter-perfect re-creation of that landmark model.

Gibson's Custom Shop produces some of the finest electric guitars on earth. Using the best materials money can buy, a staff of skilled luthiers reproduce some of the greatest Gibsons of the past and create stunning new instruments for players and collectors who demand the best.

Features

  • Carved maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Single-ply cream binding on top
  • Thin toggleswitch washer and jack plate
  • Antique Gold finish
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge; lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
  • One-piece mahogany neck with long tenon
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Early-'50s rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16 nut width
  • Holly headstock veneer
  • Vintage tulip tuners
  • P-90 single-coil pickups
  • CTS pots and bumblebee capacitors
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage Reissue strings

Own a fabulous part of American music history. Order the '56 Goldtop with the total assurance of our Dual Guarantees today!

 
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Gibson Custom1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

the real deal

...first impression of the instrument is when you pay for it...second impression is when you lift it up...it is not light anyway....but...plugged into a valve...Read complete review

...first impression of the instrument is when you pay for it...second impression is when you lift it up...it is not light anyway....but...plugged into a valve amp and noodling for a short while, you realise that the tone from this thing is unbeatable, in its own class and that you feel very happy. as if for the first time ever you can actually hear yourself playing a guitar....purely inspirational and a guaranteed smile on your face...

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Great, but a RIP OFF.

This is a great guitar, don't get me wrong. However, why pay the exorbitant price to get this guitar when you can get *practically the exact same thing* with the Epiphone LP...Read complete review

This is a great guitar, don't get me wrong. However, why pay the exorbitant price to get this guitar when you can get *practically the exact same thing* with the Epiphone LP '56 Gold Top?! The only notable differences are that this one is marginally prettier and the pickups are a little more high-class. Even so, spending a little extra cash getting better pickups put in the Epi is still *hundreds* cheaper than this rip-off. So, you sacrifice a little looks and the "Gibson" on the headstock. But still, I think your wallet has a say in the matter. Gibson needs to *seriously* stop WAY over-pricing its guitars.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the real deal

By tit4tat

from up in the hills of ireland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

    ...first impression of the instrument is when you pay for it...second impression is when you lift it up...it is not light anyway....but...plugged into a valve amp and noodling for a short while, you realise that the tone from this thing is unbeatable, in its own class and that you feel very happy. as if for the first time ever you can actually hear yourself playing a guitar....purely inspirational and a guaranteed smile on your face...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Close to perfect

    By Michman

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      I was lucky enough to have purchased a Gibson LP American Std Goldtop with P90s five years ago. So, other that the bumblebee caps, etc, I got close to the 56 reissue for half the price. The p90s are great. Another lead guitar player from another band has been lusting after my p90 goldtop Lester. But, I'm not selling, because I'd have to drop a lot more money on the 56 reissue to replace it. I may sell some other axes, but not this one. Great guitar.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well Worth It

      By SpaceyBen

      from Muscle Shoals, AL

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing this guitar for a few months now and I am still loving every second with it. I got it because my main Telecaster was a bit too bright. If you like Teles but need a little darker fuller sound but the snarl and bite that you love then this guitar is for you. I plug it straight into a Tungsten Cortez and just by adjusting the pickup volumes I can get an amazing range of tones. Also remember that though it is expensive you are getting a custom shop instrument and if cared for properly it will last forever. I love this guitar so much that I am currently saving up for a second one or possibly the 54 Goldtop.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet Guitar

      By Tele-man01

      from Newfoundland, Canada

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      I recently played this baby. As soon as i picked it up i fell in love with it. It imediatly reminded me of the classic CCR songs such as Green River and Suzie Q. That may be because this is what John Fogerty plays on these songs. This guitar is awesome for that style. It's also a good country/rock guitar. I play in a regularly gigging band and we play mostlu country/rock and i am really thinking about buying one of these.

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Guitar, But...

      By MikeStatic1

      from Groton, MA

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      ... not great enough to warrant the price. This guitar is an icon, one I always wanted and finally purchased in 2006. The workmanship is fantastic, the feel and tone of the guitar are great. But... this is not a gig guitar. I purchased a '56 Epi Goldtop and upgraded the electronics so I could have one that I'd feel comfortable gigging with. If you are a collector, this is for you. I am not, I am a musician, and I just sold mine on eBay. Too expensive to gig with and risk damaging.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Throwback Guitar!!

      By TJ SIMS

      from Elk Grove, CA

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar for investment purposes but once I played it I really Loved it!! It looks like a true vintage Gibson and sounds really nice with the P-90 pickups. The model I bought was the VOS version so it has been aged in the Custom Shop and has a thin nitro finish. I highly recommend this guitar if you're looking for a great playing or investment guitar. I could not find even the smallest flaw on this guitar. This brings my total of guitars to 29!!!! Yeow!!! My wife's gonna kill me!!!

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      (0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great, but a RIP OFF.

      By John Ballantyne

      from My house :)

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar, don't get me wrong. However, why pay the exorbitant price to get this guitar when you can get *practically the exact same thing* with the Epiphone LP '56 Gold Top?! The only notable differences are that this one is marginally prettier and the pickups are a little more high-class. Even so, spending a little extra cash getting better pickups put in the Epi is still *hundreds* cheaper than this rip-off. So, you sacrifice a little looks and the "Gibson" on the headstock. But still, I think your wallet has a say in the matter. Gibson needs to *seriously* stop WAY over-pricing its guitars.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a great guitar!

      By Stephen A Burdi

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      First I must say how professional musicians friend is! It is my 1st purchase through them and it will not be my last. The guitar arrived quickly and in perfect shape. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is outstanding. Mine has very powerful P-90's that have a wide clear tones at low volumes but can push an amp into Elmore James type distortion when cranked up. This is my 3rd Gibson Custom Shop guitar and I am so happy to be buying Gibson as it is in one of its best periods ever.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Crystal clear bell-like tones through my TopHat!

      By EL84audio

      from Tempe, AZ

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is built extremely well. Mine has the limited Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard. The finish is absolutely flawless...You can even see a FANTASTIC tiger-flame maple top through the gold paint!! I am using Gibson vintage 11 guage strings and the sustain is amazing. Some people either hate or love the thickness of the neck on this guitar...I happen to love it! I play in a rock band and this guitar is perfect for it. The Gibson P-90's let me get that articulate yet raw tone along with high output unlike any other pickup.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic for a vintage P90 vibe and fat neck

      By Mike-bMOqc

      from Chicago Suburbs

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar:

      Posessing a guitar like a '56 Goldtop will re-invent your views of what an electric should sound and feel like. If you want to experience pure tone and hear your own skill come though the amp, take on the challege of a '56 Goldtop and relish in its legendary mystique.

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