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Gibson Custom 2013 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS

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True to all of the original instrument's features with a rich, deep appearance.

By 1957, Gibson's evolving Les Paul Model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the new ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson's pioneering new PAF humbucker in 1957, the pickup that truly made the Les Paul a legend.

The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop is the closest thing to taking a time machine more than 55 years back in time to land your own original, and now for 2013 it features a host of new details to make it the most accurate recreation of the '57 Goldtop ever created.

In addition to its foundation of a solid, lightweight mahogany body with carved maple top and a glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue benefits from Gibson Custom's 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson "Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Gold top and mahogany back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson Custom's proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel.

In every other detail the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains true to its inspiration, too, including the chunky, rounded '50s neck profile that not only feels great in the hand, but transmits added string vibration from neck to body for enhanced resonance and sustain. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is also available as a gloss finish and a Darkback option with a darker mahogany back.

At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a pickup with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent-hence the name "Patent Applied For," or "PAF"-on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year. Gibson Custom's new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late '50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF "bite." These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar's volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing "woman tone" when you roll back the tone controls.

To top it all off, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.

Every guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner's manual and adjustment literature.

FEATURES
One-piece rosewood fingerboards
Hot hide glue neck fit
Custom Buckers
Kluson Deluxe machine heads
Historic truss rod assembly (no tubing)
Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
Goldtop top and back color change
Includes hardshell case

Go for the gold. Order this beauty today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
Top: Carved Maple Top
Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
Neck
Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
Profil:e Early '50s Rounded
Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
Fingerboard
Species: One-piece Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Scale Length: 24.75"
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
Nut
Material: Nylon
Width: 1.687
Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Headstock
Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo
Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
Angle: 17 Degrees
Tuners
Model: Kluson Deluxe
Tuning Ratio 12:01
Plating: Nickel
Bridge
Type: ABR-1 bridge
Plating: Nickel
Tailpiece
Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
Plating: Nickel
Hardware
Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
Control Plate Cover: Black
Strings: .010 - .046
Strap Buttons: Aluminum
Pickups
Neck Position: Custom Bucker
Bridge Position: Custom Bucker
Electronics
Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
Capacitors: Bumblebee
Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
Finish
Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case
Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
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5.0

Had to buy it!

By Agent Q

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson Custom 2013 1957 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue Goldtop VOS:

    This guitar is something I will pass on (when the time is right)
    It sounds great out of a Mesa mini Recto, or a Yamaha THR10.
    I have a custom made Carvin Les Paul style, and the Carvin is much heavier. The neck is thicker than the Carvin, but the feel is dramatically better on the Les Paul

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