Gibson Custom 1957 VOS Les Paul Guitar with Case

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    Product Description

    By 1957, Gibson’s evolving Les Paul Model guitar had already undergone several key modifications that would remain as the foundation of the iconic version known around the world today as the Les Paul Standard. But while the addition of the new ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece one year earlier had greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul, nothing would compare with the addition of Gibson’s pioneering new PAF humbucker in 1957, the pickup that truly made the Les Paul a legend. The 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop is the closest thing to taking a time machine more than 55 years back in time to land your own original, and now it features a host of new details to make it the most accurate recreation of the ’57 Goldtop ever created.

    Gibson Custom 2014 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Guitar with Case Features

    • One-piece rosewood fingerboards
    • Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
    • Custom Buckers
    • Kluson Deluxe machine heads
    • Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
    • Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
    • Goldtop Top and Back Color Change
    In addition to its foundation of a solid, lightweight mahogany body with carved maple top and a glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson “Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Gold top and mahogany back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson Custom’s proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel. In every other detail the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains true to its inspiration, too, including the chunky, rounded ’50s neck profile that not only feels great in the hand, but transmits added string vibration from neck to body for enhanced resonance and sustain.

    At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a pickup with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent—hence the name “Patent Applied For,” or “PAF”—on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year. Gibson Custom’s new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late ’50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF “bite.” These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar’s volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.

    Product Specifications
    Gibson Custom 2014 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Guitar
    • Top: Carved Maple Top
    • Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
    • Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Neck Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
    • Profile: Early '50s Rounded
    • Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
    • Joint Angle : 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    • Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
    • Fingerboard Species: One-piece Rosewood
    • Radius: 12"
    • Scale Length: 24.75"
    • Binding: Single-ply Cream
    • Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    • Nut Material: Nylon
    • Width: 1.687
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    • Headstock Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer with Pearl logo
    • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
    • Angle: 17 Degrees
    • Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
    • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    • Plating: Nickel
    • Bridge Type: ABR-1 bridge
    • Plating: Nickel
    • Tailpiece Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
    • Plating: Nickel
    • Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
    • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
    • Control Plate Cover: Black
    • Strings:.010 - .046
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    • Neck Position Pickup: Custom Bucker
    • Bridge Position Pickup: Custom Bucker
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Capacitors: Bumblebee
    • Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
    • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
    • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Antique Gold VOS
    • Case Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
    DT Wood,
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    When I took this guitar out of it's case for the first time, I could tell right away it's much different than any of the other lower priced models. Not just the look of the finish, but, the "feel" of it takes you somewhere else. I've been playing both professionally and for fun for many years and have had more than a few love affairs with a wide range of guitar brands and quality levels. I realize these Historic Gibbys are out there in price, but, if you have the means and desire, you won't be disappointed. Very smooth fretwork and binding. The tone and volume controls go 12345678910 not 1-10. Happy and impressed.
    BJ Garris
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    As close as most will ever get to quality not seen anymore!
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    This 2014 57 Les Paul VOS is the greatest in quality, accuracy, and detail that money can buy, and worth every cent. It took a long time for me to afford one, so I know how frustrating it is not being able to to get one but I highly suggest not wasting money on ANY thing else but Gibson Custom if you are a vintage tone and feel hound. So SAVE and Wait. THESE ARE WORTH IT!!
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