Here is a vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Special electric guitar in TV Yellow finish. This particular example, serial number 611399, is in excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original soft Alligator case. This no issues example is clean with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications whatsoever. The Gibson Les Paul Special in TV yellow finish is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic electric guitars ever made. This beautifully preserved example has enough subtle mojo for it to still be enjoyable, rather than nerve-wrecking, to play.
This ’56 Gibson TV Yellow Les Paul Special features; a single-cutaway slab mahogany body with a TV Yellow 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, single-line Kluson tuning machines, original top hat control knobs, a 4-ply (b/w/b/w) pickguard, nickel plated parts, and an original formfit Alligator soft case with Gibson plaque.
NIce and light weight, 7 lbs. 10 oz. and with a neck profile that is absolutely incredible, this is one of the best player’s examples we’ve had the pleasure of offering online. It is incredibly comfortable to play, and responds with considerable resonance. The original P-90 pickups are loud and robust, and the acoustic qualities produce a fantastic sustaining envelope effect. It looks and feels great, but it sounds awesome.
The pickups measure considerably higher than most from this era, and at 8.03Ω (neck) and 8.11Ω (bridge), they are both approximately .5-1.0Ω greater than the average. The wrap around bridge is fairly close to the face of the guitar, though there is definitely some room to move it closer. The neck angle is great, and the neck is perfectly straight. The action is as low it at gets without buzzing, and the guitar plays like a dream having recently been setup with .010 Pyramid strings.
This example is quite clean, and really only displays finish wear in the form of weather-checking. Otherwise, there is no real playing wear, no fading, no cosmetic distress, etc. It would easily rate a 9/10 by even the stricitest standards, and is worthy of the most particularly curated collections.