1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty 3 x PAF pickup
Here’s a cool and excellent value guitar in a market where prices of these 50's Les Paul's are skyrocketing:
An original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 original PAF stickered humbucker pickups in the original black beauty finish, with original 1958 Epiphone Tuners!
So why is this not a EUR 75.000 guitar?
It has had a headstock repair which is pretty hard to see as the repair was decent and the back of the headstock was resprayed some time ago, keeping the serial number original. The front of the headstock seems to have had a light overspray as well. It also had a refret and a new nut and it looks like the wiring from the switch to the jack socket has been replaced with original 50's Gibson wire. There are a few small and local touch ups on the back of the neck and the wear on the front, back and neck are extensive. You can see this battle axe has been played a lot, and if you play it you know why!!
It just came back from our luthier who checked the electronics, cleaned the pots and restored some cold solderconnections. After a fresh setup she now plays like a drea and this beast is ready for some heavy Rock and Roll!!!
The good news is: The wood, body, neck, PAF pickups, knobs, pots, caps, ABR bridge, stoptail, pickguard, backplates, pickup rings, toggle switch, R/T ring, trussrod cover etc are all original. Comes with an original 1950's Selmer Les Paul case with yellow/gold lining.
Oh yes: the über cool Epiphone Tuners are factory original too!! Just like the ones on the 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom Joe Bonamassa owns and which has been replicated by Epiphone last year! This is the second 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom I have seen with these tuners fitted from new and my theory is during the change over between Kluson keystone and Grovers, Gibson may have had a bit of a supply issue so they ‘borrowed’ these tuners from the high end Epiphone range. The interesting fact is they just had to engrave one small line on the back of the tuners to turn the ‘e’ into a ‘G’ which is exactly what they did before plating them.
This should be your weapon of choice as it just sounds marvelous. It really is one hell of a guitar - a triple PAF loaded 1958 Les Paul for under 50k???!!! You snooze, you lose...