Les Paul Standard Guitars

1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Color: Mahogany with Ash Top, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 00090)
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Rare "Ash Top" Les Paul Standard

This exceptionally beautiful early 1960 re-issue from the Gibson Custom Shop, weighs 9.70 lbs. Solid mahogany body with book-matched highly figured carved ash top. One-piece mahogany neck, with a comfortable nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a super thin 1960 neck profile which measures just 0.73 inches at the first fret and rises gently to 0.85 inches at the 12th fret. Rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and inlaid pearl trapezoid position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and "Les Paul Model" silkscreened in gold. Two layer black on white, bell-shaped plastic truss rod cover. The back of the headstock with the serial number ("1 5884") stamped in black and with a "Custom Shop Edition" decal. Individual Gibson (Kluson) Deluxe double-line tuners with single-ring tulip-shaped Keystone plastic buttons. Two very strong Gibson humbucker pickups with white plastic surrounds and nicely balanced outputs of 8.50k and 8.42k. The neck pickup is engraved on the bottom "PAT. NO. 2,737,842". Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout plus a three-way selector switch on upper bass bout. The potentiometers are stamped "137 91 43" (CTS October 1991). Gold "Speed" knobs with white numbers. Gibson [ABR-1] Tune-O-Matic retainer bridge with metal saddles and separate stud tailpiece. With the exception of the pickup covers, all of the hardware is nickel plated. Inside the control cavity is written in black ink "EL 12-91" and inside the truss rod adjustment cavity are the initials "TJ" in red and "TW" in black. This guitar was made without a pickguard. This extremely rare example, with a highly figured ash top, is in mint (9.50) condition. Housed in its original Gibson brown hardshell case with purple plush lining and silk cover (9.50).

This is the only ash top Les Paul that we have ever seen. It also has the thinnest neck profile of any Les Paul we have ever seen. We contacted Gibson to see what records they had of this guitar… they checked this for us and the entry in the Gibson shipping ledger reads:
"1 5884 Les Paul Special Custom Shop Instrument N/A December 1991".

"The single Standard reissue model had split into two in 1991 -- the Standard 59 Flametop Reissue, and the Standard 58 Figuredtop Reissue" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 103).

"A year later, in 1991, the Standard Reissue was revised and split into two models, effectively the Standard 59 Flametop Reissue and the Standard 60 Flametop Reissue. This is where the proper, modern Reissue starts. These models adopted the 'correct' details of the Classic, as well as more traditional-sounding humbuckers, as developed by Riboloff" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 101).

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