This is a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom, Wine Red finish, Gold Hardware, Ebony fretboard. This was the 25th guitar made in the Kalamazoo, MI plant on September 14, 1979. The neck is on the slim side, with 1st fret/.82 and 12th fret/.95. The pickups are balanced with neck/7.67K and bridge/7.73K. The weight is on the lighter side for a 70s all-mahogany Custom: around 10 lbs on a bathroom scale. I’ve seen 70s customs heavier than 11 lbs! The headstock is marked “SECOND” on the back, which is usually a mystery stamp found on many really good older Gibsons based on my experience.
Early 1957 Goldtop – formerly owned by Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos. One of a very small group of Left Handed Stop Tail Les Pauls from the 1950s.
Thanks to Scott Jennings for reminiscing about this great guitar. I remember when Scott had it for sale in Vintage Guitar Magazine in the early 90s at Route 66 Guitars; somehow I knew I would end up with this guitar some 25 years later – it was worth the wait!
When the job calls for pure Rock and Roll, I know which guitar to reach for: my 1957 Les Paul Special! Within seconds of picking it up, I started hypnotically launching into the essence of hard rock from the Who’s Live at Leeds album: Summertime Blues, My Generation, Magic Bus, etc. Of all my vintage guitars, this one just knocks out the power chords like no other – this guitar is pure rock and roll euphoria!
Neck Depth: .92/1st, .98/12th
Pickup Output: Neck/8.23K, Bridge/7.83K
Weight: around 8.5 lbs
Vintage 1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, Right Handed, has the killer tone these early Les Pauls are known for and this guitar is priced right!
The Goldtop has a really well-done refin, refret with newer bone nut, modern Kluson tuners, was previously converted to a stop tail/Tune-O-Matic and wrap tailpiece(remnants can still be seen), newer wire from the switch to jack. Includes newer Gibson hard case.
Pickup Outputs: Neck – 8.54K, Bridge – 8.55K
Neck Depth: .89/1st fret, 1.04/12th fret
Pots: 6150689 241(41st week of 1952, all pots are IRC 5 meg)
1956 Gibson Right Handed Les Paul Special, TV Yellow finish, this is a very fine example of a vintage 50s single-cut Les Paul Special! The guitar is all original with the exception of newer tuners, jack plate, and hard shell case.
Overall, the guitar is in EXC Condition, has 1 ding on front and back, some edge wear on the bottom.
Pickup Outputs: Neck – 7.54K, Bridge – 7.39K.
Neck Depth: .92/1st fret, 1.02/12th fret
This guitar was inspected and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music; the guitar needs nothing and is ready to rock!