SOLD! - 1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop P90
This is a very rare, completely original 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop with P90 pickups, stop tail and Tune-O-Matic bridge.
1957 Was a transitional year for the Les Paul model. Up until then, Les Pauls always featured P90 pickups. From 1957 on, PAF Humbuckers would be the standard for the Les Paul, until the model was discontinued in 1960.
In 1957, probably only about 200 were made with P90 pickups. Many of these guitars, if they survived that is, were at some point in their lives equipped with mini-humbuckers (which are about the same size as a P90) or their pickup cavities were enlarged to accommodate full-size humbuckers. That is why nowadays, you do not often find a fully original 1950s Les Paul with P90's, let alone a '57!
This guitar has ben played, played and played again in a professional studio and subsequently aged in a stunning way. The gold finish has cracked and checked, with a denser grid of cracks at the edges. As is often the case with aged Goldtops, in the most heavily worn spots there is a green discoloration along the edges where the gold lacquer has come off, leaving a very cool pattern of dark green worming traces popping out on top. The buckle rash is on the top and sides of the body so whoever rocked this one, it was hanging way low like Jimmy Page in the mid 70's ;-)
The Les Paul logo on the headstock is faded but still clearly visible and the serial number “7 xxxx” on the back can still be read very well. The rosewood fretboard has a striking dark color and has worn quite heavily from playing but the original frets have enough life left for years and years to come. And weighing 4.1Kg it hits that perfect weight ratio for a Les Paul. The pickups are powerful and gritty full with great bass and rich vintage tone. The kind that stays in your soul forever.
All hardware, Tune-O-Matic bridge, tailpiece, pot's, 1957 bumble bee capacitors, tuners, plastics, P90's, finish, case etc are all original. No cracks, no breaks, no repairs. The 3-piece maple top seams show through the gold finish but nothing cracked. The neck is dead straight and the intonation is spot on. This for sure is a professional played instrument!
This axe just sounds amazing and plays phenomenal. It has an inspiring and addictive sound, and it plays perfect and so smooth...
All of the above would make this one of a kind instrument a fantastic buy for anyone looking for a unique and super inspiring vintage Les Paul. A real treasure. Pure magic.