Gibson Les Paul TV Model (1956)

  • Excellent + Condition
  • Year: 1956
  • Includes Original Soft Shell Case
  • Serial #: 613254


The Gibson TV Model, often times referred to as the "Junior" is a famously well known instrument from the Gibson product line - one that has been reissued many times over. Introduced in 1955, the TV name is a bit of a mystery, with many saying it was likely due to its debut on television or possibly to compete with the Fender "Tele". The iconic TV Yellow finish originally known in the Gibson catalog as "Limed Mahogany" would go on to be synonymous with 50's Gibson. This fine example comes to us in all original condition in its brown gator-oid soft shell case. Accurately dating to 1956, this instrument is a very clean example of one of these rare instruments. Cosmetically, the guitar is very clean, and shows typical light wear for it's 65+ years of age. Expected checking is present throughout its TV Yellow finish. This particular example has a slightly more "cream" look to the color, seen in some closet case examples likely having not been exposed to as much sunlight. Very few small nicks in the finish along its outer edge are present, again non problematically and typical for a real relic like this. Original P90 pickup is excellent and barks just as it should. It has an output of ___. The Original pickguard, knobs, and control plate cover are in excellent shape with original screws that show very low pitting. The neck on this example is in excellent condition, again with expected checking, and only one hardly noticeable nick along its profile, near the 8th fret register. The profile is otherwise in great condition with hardly any play wear present in its finish. The neck is straight with an excellent neck angle, yielding great playability. The action measures about 6/64" in height at the twelfth fret, with plenty of room at the thumb screws to lower it for its next owner if they so choose. The Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard is in great shape, having a nice flow to its generally straight grain, and a slightly lighter coloration closer to the bass strings. The frets are in excellent condition showing light even wear throughout with no dead spots. This neck has a 1 11/16" nut width, with a comfortable 50's profile that measures .90" thick at the first position, and about .98" thick at the twelfth. Original single line Kluson Deluxe tuners present with original buttons. The buttons have shrunk a bit as to be expected, with a visible crack that has begun in the 2nd string button - but all function well as they should. The "6" six-digit serial number stamp is in good condition, with light wear along the lacquer at the peg head. Weighs 7.5 lbs. This is truly a collector grade piece, and one that rarely turns up in the vintage market.


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