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Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Electric Guitar, Antique Gold

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  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Custom 1957 VOS
  • Reissue


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Born in the early '50s, the Les Paul really began taking shape in the mid-50s. Gibson was upgrading many aspects of their trusty axe, including the addition of the Tune-o-matic ABR-1 bridge to the Les Paul in 1956. In 1957, Gibson did it again, adding brand new humbucking pickups to the Les Paul. The rest, as they say, is history. What we have here is a reproduction of the Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop, put together by the good folks in the Gibson Custom Shop. Treated with the VOS treatment, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop is crafted from a solid, non-weight relieved hunk of mahogany, topped with a carved maple top. The Antique Gold finish is just like the ones you'd see on a vintage '57 Paul, and this beauty is loaded with vintage-voiced humbucking pickups, just like it would've been when it rolled out of Gibson's shop in 1957. There's a reason Gibson stopped innovating the Les Paul in the 1950s: once you've got it perfected, where else do you go with it? The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop is a shining example of the quality instruments Gibson is known for.

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By 1957, Gibson's evolving Les Paul model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the new Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson's pioneering humbucking pickup in 1957.

A truly magnificent instrument, gleaming in gold.

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Gibson's legendary Burstbucker pickups and Tune-o-matic bridge.

22-fret rosewood fingerboard outfitted with acrylic trapezoid inlays matching the size of color of the originals.

"A truly magnificent instrument with its natural mahogany back and neck, while the top is in gleaming gold with contrasting ivory trim." --Original Gibson advertisement, circa 1955

By 1957, Gibson's evolving Les Paul model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the new Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson's pioneering humbucking pickup in 1957.

At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a tone circuit with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent--hence the name "Patent Applied For," or "PAF"--on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year.

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Aside from the pickups, the basic specifications of those 1957 Les Paul Model Goldtops remained the same. There were, however, several minor cosmetic variations that made the 1957 version significant in the development of the Les Paul, the most noteworthy of which was the placement of the inlaid, pearl-cut Gibson logo, which was moved closer to the top edge of the headstock. Additionally, 1957 was to be the last full year of production for a Gibson model with a Goldtop finish. The popular color would not adorn another Gibson guitar until 1968.

Famous Players
The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop was also the model used famously by Duane Allman during the formative years of the Allman Brothers Band and his early session work, including his work with Eric Clapton (Layla sessions), the Allman Brothers Band's legendary Fillmore recordings, as well as their first two albums--a body of work considered by many to be one of the most important in the history of rock and roll.

Near-perfect Recreation
Today's 1957 Les Paul Goldtop from the Gibson Custom Shop is a near-perfect recreation of the original instrument, in all of its original brilliance and historical magnificence. The body features Gibson's traditional hand-carved maple top and solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body. The headstock is made from Holly head veneer, as opposed to fiber, just like it was in 1957, and the vintage-style tulip tuners are mounted in a straight line, also as they were on the original. The 24 3/4-inch scale length neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany, and attached to the body using a long neck tenon--one of the Les Paul's more distinguishing characteristics of the 1950s. The neck is topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard outfitted with acrylic trapezoid inlays matching the size of color of the originals. Of course, two of Gibson's legendary Burstbucker pickups deliver all the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone by using historically "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. The guitar's Antique Gold finish also matches the hue of the original model, giving this Custom Shop model the accurate and distinct appearance of this traditional Les Paul. Other historical appointments include CTS potentiometers, bumble bee capacitors, rolled creme-colored fingerboard binding, single-ply thin binding around the body, and period-correct switchwasher and jackplate. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop comes either a V.O.S. or Gloss finish, and comes with the standard Gibson Custom case, custom care kit and certificate of authenticity.


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