1955 Gibson Les Paul Special

This is a vintage 100% all original 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 511665, is in near extremely well-preserved, near mint condition and includes the original faux alligator soft case, original strap and a pack of vintage era appropriate vintage strings. This no issues example is super clean with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs and no modifications. It is about the nicest example I have ever seen, and will certainly be the nicest offered online, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a truly amazing guitar!

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 the most subtle way.

This 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 alligator soft case, 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. The guitar is nearly pristine, and it more impressive in person than in photos. Incredibly, the guitar has not faded, and the finish is just as vibrant and sheen as it was when it was made.

Perhaps 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 exactly 7 lbs 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: unfortunately, the bridge studs have inevitably shifted between 1mm-2mm. Yes, it is really insignificant and not anywhere near the tilting commonly seen, but is must be disclosed because it is otherwise so clean. There is also a small discoloration on the back of the neck where the guitar rested against the case for over 50 years. Last, and hopefully least, there is a 7/8″ ding on the face of the guitar which can be seen in many of the photos posted to the right.

It was only several short years ago that this guitar was 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.