Here we have the second variation of the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. The Vintage guitar market of today would be quite a bit different if not for this groundbreaking, solidbody electric guitar. This Les Paul features a Wraparound style tailpiece instead of the Trapeze Tailpiece found on earlier models. 1955 was a transitional year for the Les Paul, with later versions featuring the Tune o Matic Bridge and Stop Tailpiece rather than the Wraparound Tailpiece seen on this guitar. This change was made in Gibson’s effort to create the finest Solidbody electric guitar available.
This guitar also features what is referred to as the All-Gold Finish. Unlike most examples which feature a Natural Mahogany Body and Neck this guitar’s Neck and Body have been finished in the same Gold as the Top of the Guitar.
According to Gibson’s Records 862 Les Paul Standard Model Guitars were shipped in 1955.
Original production of the Les Paul spanned the years 1952 through 1960.
Arguably the most recognizable guitar ever produced. The Sound and Look of the Gibson Les Paul has changed the course of music history. Keith Richards, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor are just a small fraction of the players who have been known to play a Les Paul during the course of their career.
Video of Hubert Sumlin Backing Sunnyland Slim with his Original Vintage Les Paul Goldtop