Gibson Les Paul Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1954)

Gibson  Les Paul Model Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1954)

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Gibson Les Paul Model Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1954), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 4-2753, gold lacquer finish, mahogany body with maple cap, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This early 1954 Les Paul Model is the second variation of Gibson's all-time classic solid body, with the much more player-friendly stop tailpiece replacing the earlier "Les Paul" trapeze the model was introduced with. This is also one of the very rare "all gold" Les Pauls, a non-catalog variation that inexplicably pops un on some guitars from this period but is much rarer then the standard natural back and sides usually encountered. Other typical features include the bound rosewood fingerboard and pearloid trapezoid inlays, two P-90 pickups with original cream colored covers and center-mount screws, and Kluson tuners with keystone shaped buttons. In an idiosyncratic touch, the pearl Gibson logo is set lower down on the headstock than later '50s models.

From the first full year of Gibson's improved "stoptail" Les Paul, this is a much more player-friendly guitar than the 1952 or '53 models with the strings mounted under the trapeze bar. This is a fine example of these revolutionary guitar; there were just over 1,500 of these exceptional instruments sold in 1954, and most of these did not sport the flashy all-gold livery of this one. The first solid bodies with the class of a Gibson, these guitars convinced many players to lay down their electrified arch-tops. Later developments of the Les Paul line included the upscale Custom, down-market Special and Junior, and reworked Standard in gold and sunburst, but this is the guitar that started it all.
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This all-gold beauty presents as excellent and original overall, with some typical playing wear but no major repairs or alterations. There is some minor chipping to headstock edges, light checking to the finish overall, and some dings and dents here and there. Still fitted with the '50s small fret wire, the frets have been polished out but have plenty of meat left on them. The obviously noticeable wear is to the back of neck, which (as typical of all-gold Gibsons) shows some fairly heavy loss and greening to the topcoat from contact with the player's hand. This could be smoothed out if desired; the treble edge is worn to the wood, but the rest is just through the topcoat. The gold color overall is very strong without much fade and no greening to the upper armwear area, except in a small chip.

The two P-90 pickups and all wiring rig components are all original including the waxy Grey Tiger capacitor. The plating on top of the tailpiece is in good shape as well; the studs show some wear. The original Kluson Deluxe machines still work well and show no shrinkage to tuner buttons. This is a fantastic sounding guitar, and a great example of why players fell in love with Gibson's original solid body in the first place. Includes the original Brown HSC solid with average wear. Excellent - Condition.