For sale is this vintage 1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Gold Top” in 100% all original condition with the original brown Lifton hardshell case. This original owner, no issues, uncirculated example, is in fine original condition, and features both the precise amount of mojo to be attractive and accessible, as well as, retain an utmost level of original integrity. In short, this Gold Top is a highly collectible investment quality instrument. From the original owner to you, this is a prime example of one of the best electric guitars ever made.
As detailed in the aforementioned paragraph, this guitar is absolutely 100% all original: with No breaks, No cracks, No repairs, No modifications and NO Issues whatsoever. With a cosmetic appearance that originally inspired the concept of “relicing” otherwise intact guitar finishes, this guitar has an ideal amount of natural and respectful playing wear. No Custom Shop imitation will ever replicate the authentic aesthetic of the original.
Serial Number: 4 2832
Pickup Resistance: 7.87Î© (bridge), 7.48 (neck)
Weight: 8 lbs. 12 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16″
From the second the case is opened, this guitar exudes utterly lustful vibe. The original gold finish is; intact with a well-preserved sheen, nicely aged with attractive weather-checking, and worn just enough to reveal the quintessential greenish oxidation where the paint was directly exposed. The plastic hardware is clean but faded, and the perfectly intact, uncracked, pickguard has an almost toasted appearance, whereby the edges display a slightly darker coloration than the middle. The back of the body is actual quite nice. While it doesn’t exhibit the usual belt buckle wear pattern, it does have minimal random dings, none of which are severe or distracting. The back of the neck is in correspondingly nice condition with concentrated playing wear through the finish around the 1st to 3rd fret. Otherwise there is still a handsome amount original finish on all other parts of the neck, and that which is worn feels unmistakably amazing. The original metal hardware is in nice shape, with an agreeable amount of oxidation on the wrap-around tailpiece/bridge, and not much visible patina on the original “no line” Kluson tuning machines. If there is anything lacking from the written physical evaluation of the guitar, it is certainly overly compensated with the collection of over 120 high quality photos.
While it is easy focus on the beauty of such a masterpiece, especially when showcased in such an abundance of photos, the functionality, sound, playability, feel, and tone of this guitar is remarkable. The neck profile is a very soft medium-sized C-shape, with hearty form, yet refined and perfected contours. It is not the large and unmanageable ’59 chunky size, and is not the under-developed slim tape profile, it fits ingeniously in between. The neck joint is super solid, and the headstock is pitched at a steeper angle than those made prior, which enables better playability and superior tone. The neck angle completely complements the pickup height and bridge level. The original frets are small, but they are not dramatically worn and still propagate comfortable action and inspired playability. The neck is straight with not twist whatsoever, and the truss rod works perfectly.
The guitar sounds i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e. It is not always the case that the bridge pickup measures significantly hotter, and produces a fantastically rich tone when compared to the mellow but loud neck pickup. When switching back and forth between the two pickups, there is no volume discontinuance, and with both P-90s engaged, the tone is unparalleled by any other guitar I’ve heard in a very long time. When played acoustically, the guitar resonates and vibrates with significant strength and volume; it is one of the good ones.
The original Lifton 4-latch case is in perfect structural condition. All latches and hinges function properly. The original handle, though worn, is perfectly intact and working.
It wasn’t that long ago that a ’54 Les Paul Standard was commonly being traded around the $50,000.00 value, and similar examples today are priced around $35,000-$40,000.00.