This is a vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar. This extremely rare variety Gold Top, serial number 6 3892, is the absolute last of the wrap around (stop/stud) models, and was actually made concurrently with those produced with a tune-o-matic. This 100% all original example features an incredibly pristine all gold finish, the original case in comparable cosmetic condition, as well as, the original hangtag. This is a very special instrument, and while there is another documented on pages 98 & 99 of The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy: 1915-1963 it is highly unlikely that another opportunity will arise to buy one from this batch, let alone in this incredible condition.
Serial Number: 6 3892
Pot Codes: 304 522
Weight: 9 lbs 2 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 7.67Ω, neck 7.34Ω
Recently procured from the family of the original owner, this guitar was purchased new from the VOKAC Music House in Chicago in 1956. The decal from this store was placed on the truss rod of the instrument, inside the case, as well as, on the exterior. Seldom-used and always meticulously maintained, this guitar was enjoyed for a very short time, as evidence by very slight arm wear, almost no evidence of neck patina, and zero fret wear. It was safely stored within it’s case, in a very temperate environment which only permitted the development of several very light weather-checking patterns. This is atypical of this era, as generally the weather-checking can appear thick and pronounced all over the entirety of the instrument, so to find one that hasn’t been inordinately aged by deep checking is a rarity. Unfortunately, as the guitar sat for over 45 years within the case, the neck pickup volume pot became frozen, and I am not inclined to lubricate nor adjust it. So that will need to be addressed.
As previously mentioned, this ’56 Gibson Les Paul Standard is in very excellent 100% all original condition. This glorious GoldTop features; an all gold finish, a 1-piece mahogany body with a hand-carved maple top, a mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, original frets and nut, no-line Kluson tuning machines with plastic tulip buttons, (2) P-90 pickups with cream plastic (UC-452-B/UC-452F) covers, a wrap-around stop tailpiece, gold top hat control knobs, brown plastic cavity cover plates, all original Stackpole pots, the original 4-latch Lifton case with pink interior with case key, the original “Les Paul” hangtag, and even the original wrap around bridge adjustment tool.
Not surprisingly, this guitar feels absolutely amazing. The medium-sized very round open-C neck profile shape is perfect, a the fret life enables easy and fast action. The real surprise is how good this guitar sounds: the neck pickup is so remarkably balanced, that the highest notes on the fretboard are the same exact volume as the lowest. It intonates extremely well, and it is simply a very beautiful sounding instrument, easily one of the best Gold Tops I’ve ever heard.