1953 Gibson Les Paul

1953 Gibson Les Paul

About the coolest, and the wildest real early Les Paul we’ve ever seen. It sounds like a million bucks and it’s dirt cheap for what it is. On the very early ones, with that odd trapeze tailpiece-bridge combo being nearly impossible to play (or at least major uncomfortable) let alone tune, a lot of them had attempts made to convert them to Tune-o-Matic style bridges, with varying results. This one was done at least forty years ago. It came to me from the family of a very dear friend of mine going back to the late 1960’s, who was a known rock and roller in certain circles, a working musician all his life, and a rogue and a real character. He played it on gigs endlessly until he recently passed away, and the guitar was given to me to sell by the family. So here’s the scoop: Has it been refinished? Of course. Has the replacement bridge/stop tailpiece combo been installed in a somewhat, um, creative manner, and does it function well? Of course. Does it still have its original pickups and sound like a world-ending Les Paul? You bet!!! So here’s the rest of it: Re-wired to have a tone control for each pickup and one overall volume control, with the hole for that “other” volume control long since filled in, along with another tiny one nearby from some former ill-advised mini-toggle switch, hole not filled in (no idea). The pots are original and the original spare volume pot is in the case; refretted with those later-style wide ones that so many people love; tuners long-since replaced with American-made Grover Rotomatics, gold plated of course. And here’s the kicker; on the back of the peghead, in lieu of a serial number, someone has carved a HUGE seven-didigit number, which I happen to know is the old, long-since abandoned phone number of a famous guitar player of the time and still, at whose apartment the owner of said Les Paul was crashing, at the time. I will not tell you who that guitar player was until you buy the guitar. We’ve just finished getting it all set up here in our own shop and it plays like a total champ, and it sounds like at least two. It’s a complete steal for a 1953 Les Paul; your move. $6495 w/hsc

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$6495.00
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