Gibson Introduces Les Paul 60th Anniversary Goldtop
Recreation of a 1952 Les Paul now has a correctly strung trapeze wraparound bridge 01-Aug-12
Gibson USA has unveiled the Les Paul 60th Anniversary Goldtop, a recreation of the first Les Pauls released a full 60 years ago, but with a correctly strung trapeze wraparound bridge that improves one of the shortcomings of the Les Paul in its first year of production. Gibson says that , with its high-gloss nitrocellulose Goldtop finish and natural back and neck, traditional vintage binding and appointments, and snarling P-90 pickups, the Les Paul 60th Anniversary Goldtop is as close as you'll come to the tone, feel and look of the Les Paul that started it all. Here's the full details in Gibson's own words...
To accurately recreate the unparalleled look, feel and tone of the early Les Pauls, Gibson USA crafts the Les Paul 60th Anniversary Goldtop's body from a solid, non-weight-relieved, one-piece Grade-A mahogany blank topped with a solid, carved two-piece maple top. The body's weight and solidity achieve astounding sonic girth and sustain, while the classic maple-mahogany combination blends tonal warmth and depth with plenty of cut and clarity. The one-piece, Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to the thick, meaty early-'50s profile that plenty of modern players have come to love and appreciate, a constructional choice that not only yields plenty of grip in the left hand, but enhances tone considerably by transferring a greater proportion of neck resonance into the body, via the time-tested, long-tenon Gibson neck joint. A Grade-A rosewood fingerboard is bound in vintage cream, with acrylic trapezoid inlays, and partnered by a vintage-cream pickguard that has been hot-stamped in gold with the "60th Anniversary" legend. As was the practice in the first year of production, the three-way pickup switch carries no plastic ring.
As luscious and rockin' as the early Goldtops were, the guitars made in 1952 were shipped with what was arguably a "flaw" in their set up: a shallow neck pitch required that the new Les Paul "trapeze" bridge be loaded with the strings wrapped under the bar saddle, rather than over it. These guitars played great and sounded fantastic, but the configuration made it more challenging for players to achieve string-mute effects with the edge of the picking hand. In order to remain faithful to the original, while giving this Les Paul 60th Anniversary Goldtop its full potential, Gibson USA has crafted the guitar with a correct 5-degree neck pitch and loaded it with a properly strung wrapover trapeze tailpiece, with the strings loaded over the top of the bar to allow an easy, traditional playing feel. Partner this solid configuration with two screaming P-90 pickups, a PLEK-cut Corian™ nut, vintage-style tuners with cream tulip keys, and the guitar's increased body mass, and you have one roaring, sustaining, vintage-voiced Les Paul that will sound great on any stage, and turn heads in the process. Period-correct gold speed knobs atop independent volume and tone controls, with high-quality "Orange Drop" tone capacitors for a smooth, accurate roll-off, are the icing on the cake.
Each guitar includes a black Gibson USA hardshell case and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
Solid Mahogany body with a carved Maple top
Mahogany neck with traditional "thick" profile
Pair of powerful P-90 pickups in the neck and bridge
High-quality "Orange Drop" tone capacitors
Chrome-plated wrapover trapeze tailpiece
Vintage style tuners with cream tulip keys and 14:1 tuning ratio
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