1955 Gibson Les Paul Special

This is a vintage 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 511893, is in extremely well-preserved, near mint, 100% all original condition and includes the original 4-latch brown hard shell case, original strap, original coil cable, original polish cloth and a pack of vintage era appropriate strings. This no issues example is super clean with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications. It is amongst the nicest examples I have ever seen available, and will certainly be the nicest offered on eBay, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a truly amazing guitar in incredibly fine condition!

The Gibson Les Paul Special in TV yellow finish is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic electric guitars ever made. Early versions sometime feature a lighter, less bold, shade of TV yellow that some collectors have referred to as “fawn.” Others have noted that the finish is reminiscent of highly coveted Korina pieces from the late-1950s. And while it is definitely not a custom color by any means, it is clearly a different finish, certainly much more rare, and in my opinion, much better looking. This lighter “fawn” style TV yellow finish is highly attractive and exotic in a nicely subtle way.

This super clean example features; a single-cutaway slab mahogany body with a “fawn” yellow TV finish, 2 soap-bar P-90 pickups, stop bar/roll over tailpiece, a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, an inlayed pearl “Gibson” logo, “no-name” single-line Kluson tuning machines, original black top hat knobs, a 3-ply (b/w/b) pickguard, nickel plated parts, an original Lifton brown hard case with pink interior, an original strap, and a vintage pack of Gibson Mona-Steel strings.

With virtually no evidence of playing wear, this guitar looks more like a VOS reissue than an original. This guitar would receive a conservative condition rating of 9+/10 on a bad day, as the only significant condition flaws are several random dings from unmanaged case candy. The guitar is nearly pristine, and it is more impressive in person than in photos. Incredibly, the guitar has not faded in the slightest, and the finish is just as vibrant and sheen as it was when it was made.

Perhaps even more incredible is the fantastic player’s qualities the guitar exhibits. While some suggest that “the good ones got played, while the bad ones did not,” this sloppy logic certainly does not apply to this guitar. It feels U-N-B-E-L-I-V-A-B-L-E, and the neck profile is so perfect it really is quite amazing. Both pickups sound exceptional: with clear, sweet, resonant highs, and round, rich, transparent lows and mids, this guitar has the perfected balance of a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano.

The guitar weighs 8 lbs. and 1 oz. (which is probably the mean weight for the model) and feels absolutely incredible. The original frets display virtually zero fret wear, retain plenty of life, and nicely compliment the neck size and shape. The all-around package will make you forget about your other guitars, and focus on bonding with one of the best ever made. The several small condition issues that keep this guitar from being considered “like-new,” or in perfect cosmetic condition are as follows: slight warping of the pickguard, and some light, surface-only, texture wear from sitting in the case for an extended period. Unlike most from the pre-’56 period, the stoptail/wrap-around studs haven’t tilted, and are perfectly vertical and structurally intact.

It was only several short years ago that this guitar was commonly being sold for over $25,000.00, and in my honest opinion, I feel like that value should hold strong today. However, while prices have changed, I feel like the innate value of this guitar has not. It is a ’55 vintage Les Paul TV Special in exceptionally clean all original condition, and both collectors and players alike would agree that this example represents the best of it’s class.

This un-circulated example was recently purchased from the family of the original owner. It arrived in the exact same condition it is currently presented, but the original tuning machine buttons had disintegrated long ago, revealing only the brass tuner posts, and making it impossible to use or play the guitar. Stewart MacDonald (StewMac) repro buttons were used to restore the original machines, and every screw removed in the process was placed back into its same original hole.