Pros: Classic, ease of playing, warm sound, sustain, hard shell case
Gibson 57 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue
One of the first top quality electric guitars ever produced was the Gibson Les Paul line, a collaboration between Gibson and Les Paul, one of the premier studio guitarists of the time. These guitars came in two varieties, as I knew them; one was a jet black model saturated in gold plating and festooned with pearl called the Les Paul Custom and the Goldtop Les Paul, this model, with the flashy gold painted top, chrome hardware, and ivory plastic parts. Either one played about the same so you took your choice, some picked the Custom and others the Goldtop.
Today, with all the renewed interest in guitars and the skyrocketing price of original Gibson instruments placing them outside the reach of anyone but the most affluent, Gibson has literally dozens of models of Les Pauls in every color of the rainbow and with multitudes of differing features. They have also researched their archives and reconstructed their original Les Paul models, just as they were issued in the 1950s and 60s.
This Goldtop is an exact replica of the original Les Paul issued in 1957. It is an awe inspiring piece of craftsmanship that fully strikes you as a serious instrument. The body is made out of mahogany with a carved maple cap that is arched like a violin's top. The combination of the two layers gives the Les Paul a warm bottom timbre and a high zinging treble for those overtones that really reach out to the back rows of the concert hall.
The neck is mahogany with a long tenon and 1950s profile that is a bit more robust than the slim taper necks introduced in 1960 and later. It is a sweet playing neck, don't let the typical "baseball bat" comment deter you from trying this. The neck is equipped with a rosewood fingerboard which gives it a great feel to your fingertips and the fret markers are large trapezoids made of mother of pearl. The headstock is painted black with the Gibson logo inlaid in MOP and Les Paul's signature in gold. The tuners are tulip shaped with ivory plastic knobs and all hardware is chrome plated.
The top of the guitar is painted in flawless gold lacquer while the back and sides of the guitar are finished in natural mahogany with just clear lacquer. The binding around the top and neck and pick guard are ivory plastic and the four volume and tone knobs are shaped like top hats and gold colored.
The two pickups are Gibson Burstbucker pickups, a new development that retains the great sound of the original PAF (patent applied for) humbuckers with the added frequency response possible with modern engineering. There is a three way switch that allows you to choose either the treble or rhythm pickup alone or both together.
The strings are anchored with a stop bar tail piece that mount on studs anchored deep in the guitar and run across the famed Gibson tune-o-matic bridge with individually adjustable string saddles.
When you plug in, the first thing you will notice is the incredible sustain the Les Paul has due to its dense tone woods and bridge anchored straight into the guitar top. Next, you will note the ease you can manipulate the strings that gave it the nickname "the fretless wonder." The pickups sound warm and have the piercing tone on the treble side that really make your music sing. Lead playing is never easier than on a Les Paul with its 24 3/4" scale length.
The Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Reissue comes with a certificate of authenticity and a custom hard shell case to protect your instrument.
This is really a world class guitar, just like the original!