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Gibson Les Paul Special Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957)
Gibson Les Paul Special Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, limed mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, molded plastic hard shell case.
A lovely example of an early 1957 single-cutaway Les Paul Special, in fine shape for nearly 60 years on. This is a typical example of the first variant of this model, sporting a "limed mahogany" finish, two powerful P-90 pickups with black plastic covers, black bonnet knobs, a multi-ply beveled-edge black celluloid pickguard, and the nickel-plated bar bridge/tailpiece assembly. The headstock carries the pearl Gibson logo and silkscreen "Les Paul Special" designation.
Although 1957 was the peak production year for this model, less than 1500 were shipped out -- the LP special is not nearly as common as the single pickup LP Junior. The single cutaway Specials are much more solid in construction than the double-cutaway version introduced the next year; many find the sound more pleasing as well. This is a great all-around guitar, suitable for everything from rampaging Rock'n'Roll to blues and even country. As the iconic Gibson solid bodies from the 1950's become ever more desirable, this represents perhaps the greatest value in a "Golden Era" Les Paul.
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).
This guitar is quite clean overall, with just some light average wear. The TV Yellow finish is very fine with little checking or fade. There are wear spots to the top through the finish into the wood below the fingerboard over the cutaway and just below the lower edge of the pickguard, as well as some dings and chips on the back and edges. The electronics are all original with untouched solder joints and the vaunted "bumblebee" caps in fine fettle. The black plastic jackplate is a replacement (nearly all of them are!) as is the vintage-style amber switch tip, and the plastic rhythm/treble ring on the selector switch is long gone. The guitar was just refretted to original spec and ready for the next 60 years. Besides being well-preserved, this Special is an excellent player, with the expected killer sound. Includes a modern plastic HSC. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 7110
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