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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

1968 GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD

via this auction where you'll find more pics.

" For your consideration is this vintage 1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop '56 Reissue in excellent original condition with the original hardshell case. This first variety re-introduction Les Paul features all of the early specs. and '50s-style appointments, including: the small/narrow profile headstock, a one-piece mahogany neck, center-seam maple top, P-90 pickups, chrome tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, and a classic Gold finish. This incredibly rare version was produced for a very short period, and with a total of only 1200 being made, renders this one of the rarest and most interesting Gibson models from the '60s. The 1968 '56 reissue is such a high-quality faithful reproduction that rumors regarding reissue Les Pauls having original bodies emerged, and are even still widely accepted as valid today. With some aspects that make this more player-friendly than an original, the '68 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop is an absolutely incredible guitar, and certainly undervalued given today's economic climate. We have priced this guitar accordingly for a fast sale, so don't hesitate because you will not find a better example for less.

Serial Number: 539028
Pot Codes: 137 6850 (late-'68, CTS)
Pickup Resistance: 7.93Ω (bridge), 8.01 (neck)
Weight: 9 lbs. 8 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16″

With a subtle green patina under where the player's arm would rest atop the face of the guitar, and the typical small area of buckle rash on the back of the body, this guitar has clearly been respectfully enjoyed. It displays mild, yet attractive, weather-checking throughout the gold finish and the neck, with very little visible checking on the back. The gold finish has faded slightly, but it still retains a genuine and bright brilliance. All of the plastic parts and chrome hardware are in excellent shape with no issues. This guitar presents excellently, and actually looks better in person than in photos.

The guitar weighs an average 9 1/2 pounds, but it feels and sounds u-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e. The neck profile, with the traditional 1 11/16" nut width is easily more comfortable than its '50s predecessor. The high output P-90s are also particularly strong and great-sounding. The action is perfect, and bending strings is as effortless as sliding a sharp knife through warm butter.

Aside from an extremely professional refret with slightly larger fret wire than the original small ones originally installed, and a replaced input jack plate (which can easily be restored), this guitar is 100% all original with no issues whatsoever. The "Gibson Deluxe" Kluson tuning machines are in perfect working order, and have never been replaced. The same goes for the electronics and corresponding original hardware, all of which remain untouched and original.

The original rare yellow-interior case is in excellent shape, aside from the original handle having cracked and reinforced with zip ties. If the buyer would like, we can have this handle replaced with an NOS example for a very nominal fee."


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