1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Converted to 1959 Blackburst w/ real PAF pickups

1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Converted to 1959 Blackburst w/ real PAF pickups

€ 24.995,00Prijs

This beauty started life as a super nice 4.0Kg old wood 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop with trapeze tailpiece and P90's and was converted to a '59 BlackBurst with real 1960 double black PAF's, Tune-O-Matic and Stop Tailpiece!


The top of this guitar has been refinished Black and aged. The rest of the guitar, the neck, sides, and back, still have the original 1952 finish. It has a very big and typical '52 nice round neck, with a great feel and a 43mm width at the nut. The neck has not been reset and the bridge not shaved. The action however is nice and low so the angle is just perfect. This really is a dream guitar...


The original PAF stickered Patent Applied For Humbuckers were harvested from a 1960 Gibson SG Standard (neck PAF) and a 1960 Gibson Les Paul/SG Custom (bridge PAF). They are really rich and open sounding and are a true joy to listen to. Parts of the PAF sticker are still visible on the bridge pickup and on the neck pickup only the remnants of the sticker remain. Under blacklight both look perfect and original. The Bridge pickup has 1 coil taped with later electrical tape, probably to protect the paper tape and wire underneath. Both pickups have most of the real PAF telltales. Lots of pictures available!


Some parts are original period correct like the trussrod cover, switch, several screws, bits and pieces, back covers, cut pickguard etc but most parts have been changed like the tuners, pots, bumble bee capacitors, Montreux knobs, Faber stoptail, Gibson ABR-1 bridge, pickup covers etc. All are high end repro parts.


The total package is just stunning to look at and a joy to play. It really is a killer axe!! Comes in a high end Gibson Lifton Les Paul Brown Case with pink lining in perfect condition.


The built was inspired by the following true story:


The original 1960 Gibson Les Paul Blackburst, bearing serial number 0 0162 and currently owned by no other then Joe Bonamassa, exists because in January of 1960, Kenneth Waters, a young Floridian just learning to play, walked into Ralph’s Luggage and Jewelry, in Homestead, determined to buy a Les Paul. Having none in inventory, the proprietor – who was indeed a Gibson dealer – offered to place an order on Waters’ behalf. Wanting a black guitar, but seeing the high-end/three-pickup Custom version was beyond his budget (it listed for $375 versus the Standard’s $280), Waters had Ralph’s order a Standard finished in “ebony” along with a budget case and a GA-6 amplifier. Three months later Gibson delivered a 1960 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, finished black. Grand total? A whooping 345.05 US Dollars...