Les Paul Standard Gold Top Guitars

1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top

Color: Gold Top, Rating: 9.00, Sold (ID# 01670)
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An All Original 1952 Les Paul Standard GoldTop.


1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top.


This totally original 'first generation' Les Paul Standard Gold Top weighs just 8.20 lbs. and has nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Solid mahogany body with a gold-finished solid carved maple top. One-piece mahogany neck with a wonderful thick thick profile, and Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 22 original thin (.070) frets and inlaid pearl trapezoid (crown) position markers. The top of the guitar has single cream binding and the fretboard has single white binding. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and with "Les Paul Model" silk-screened in gold. This is an early Les Paul with no serial number on the back of the headstock and no 'toggle switch ring' as usual. Two-layer bell-shaped black on white plastic truss-rod cover with two screws. Individual single-line "no-name" Kluson Deluxe tuners (stamped inside "2356766/PAT APPLD.") with single-ring tulip-shaped Keystone plastic buttons. Two original P-90 pickups with cream plastic covers and outputs of 7.40k at the neck position and 7.67k at the bridge. Single-layer cream plastic pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout plus three-way pickup selector switch on upper bass bout. 1952 (1/2 inch tall) gold plastic barrel-shaped "Speed" knobs. The potentiometers are stamped "615 0689 030" (IRC, July 1950) and the two original capacitors are stamped "Grey Tiger Type GT 452 .02 MFD 400 VDC." Combination "wrap-under" trapeze bridge/tailpiece. This sixty-one year-old guitar is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. There is some very light belt-buckle scarring on the back surface and one very small scratch which just goes through the finish. There is some fine finish checking on the top and a small triangular 'ding' (1" x 3/8 inch) on the bass side of the top near the trapeze tail-piece. There is almost no playing wear on the back of the neck and the original small (.070) frets show just a very small degree of playing wear. This guitar is one of the nicest and most original examples that we have ever seen and fortunately the neck angle is perfect, just like a late '53 "stop-tail" and therefore makes this a really playable guitar - rather unusual for a 'Trapeze-Tailpiece' guitar… and - it's also one of the best sounding P-90 Les Paul's we have ever heard! Housed in its original Gibson "five-latch" shaped brown hardshell case with 'bulb' head and pink plush lining (9.00).

"The first Gibson Les Paul solidbody electric guitar, known simply as the Les Paul Model then but now better known by its descriptive nickname 'gold-top', first went on sale during 1952" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 15).

"The new Les Paul guitar was launched by Gibson in 1952, in the summer, priced at $210, which was about $20 more than Fender's Telecaster sold for at the time…Today, a gold-finish Les Paul model is nearly always called a gold-top thanks to its gold body face…The new gold-top's solid body cleverly combined a carved maple top bonded to a mahogany base, a sandwich that united the darker tonality of mahogany with the brighter sonic 'edge' of maple. Paul said that the gold colour of the original Les Paul model was his idea. 'Gold means rich,' he said, 'expensive, the best, superb'" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, pp. 20-21).

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