- Excellent Condition
- Year: 1954
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
- Serial #: 4 3686
By New Year's Day 1955 guitarist Les Paul had spent years rising to the top of the charts scoring hit-after-hit with Mary Ford, and had forever secured his place in American guitar culture as his innovative namesake Gibson custom model became increasingly popular. It is not difficult to imagine why on January 5th 1955 a Buffalo, NY-based guitarist offered his Epiphone guitar in partial trade toward this gold Gibson Les Paul model that we are extremely proud to offer for-sale for the first time. From the family of the original owner, this is a "goldtop" Gibson Les Paul model serial number 4 3686 from 1954, includes a plethora of provenance, case candy, and is housed in its original brown hard case w/ pink plush interior & brown canvas case cover (also included is a appraisal for $45K from a reputable Nashville vintage store from 4/2006). Notably, this example was long ago setup with a Bigsby B5 vibrato (original bridge included, see photos). Beyond this modification, the guitar is in exceptionally fine condition bearing little to no finish checking or wear (small finish chip on back of neck and on top of peghead). Bound mahogany neck w/ ~1-11/16" nut width, rosewood fingerboard w/ trapezoid inlay, original frets (little to no wear), Gibson logo inlaid in pearl on peghead/Les Paul silk screened beneath; original Kluson deluxe tuners. Carved maple top w/ gold lacquer finish, original single ply white pickguard; two white plastic covered single coil P-90s w/ corresponding tone/vol. knobs.
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