SOLD! - 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop P90
This is not about guitars. This is about dreams. Dreams of vintage guitars. Vintage Les Paul Standards. In Gold....
When Gibson teamed up with the legendary recording star Les Paul in 1952, the company created a guitar that became one of the most influential and popular instruments of all time: the Les Paul model.
The text in the 1957 Gibson catalog proclaimed: “The famed ‘Les Paul tones’ can now become a reality for all guitar players with this beautiful, solidbody Les Paul guitar, incorporating many unusual Gibson features. Striking in appearance with its gold-finished, carved-maple top, mahogany body, and neck, the Les Paul name is in gold script on the peghead of this model.”
The Les Paul evolved through the 1950's as practical improvements were introduced. By 1956 the bridge had been modified twice from the original trapeze tailpiece designed by Les Paul. The first change, in 1953, was the wraparound stop-bar tailpiece screwed right into the guitar’s top. This increased sustain and allowed for palm muting the strings. Finally, in 1956, the classic separate stop-bar and fully adjustable Tune-o-matic bridge combination was added which allowed for near-perfect intonation.
The guitar for sale has the typical features of a '56 goldtop. The brilliant finish was achieved by using a bronze powder mixed with nitrocellulose lacquer. Numerous vintage goldtops turned green in areas due to the bronze oxidizing when the clear coat was worn through. This one has very little “greening” and a very cool weather checking and craquelé on the top, back, neck