1957 Gibson Les Paul Special

This is a vintage 1957 Gibson Les Paul Special electric guitar in TV Yellow finish. This particular example, serial number 7 7213, is in extremely excellent, almost immaculate, pristinely preserved, 100% all original condition and includes; the original Lifton 4-latch brown hardshell case, an original vintage strap, original hangtag, a vintage original cable, vintage polish cloth, and a box of original vintage strings. This no issues example is super clean with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications whatsoever. Recently purchased from the original owner, “Jim,” the owner of a musical instrument store in Nashville, this spectacular specimen is amongst the absolute finest of those we’ve had the pleasure of offering: it’s cleaner, it weighs less, and it sounds better than the 5 others we have sold this year. If you’ve been waiting for the right one, your patience has paid off, this is it. Offered at an incredibly reasonable price of $11,999.99, we suggest you act quickly before a dealer does!

The Gibson Les Paul Special in TV yellow finish is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic electric guitars ever made. This example features; a single-cutaway slab mahogany body with a TV Yellow (wheat/fawn shade) 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 knobs, a 3-ply (b/w/b) pickguard, nickel plated parts, an original Lifton brown hardshell case, an original strap, vintage string set, and original hangtag!

With only the slightest 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 random superficial dings into the clear coat only, none of which have dented through the finish revealing the mahogany beneath. 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. Though it shows a lighter complexion underneath the guard, that appears to b result of the plastic material gassing against the finish, as nowhere else on the guitar is the finish this light of a hue. There is only the slightest bit of weather-checking on the guitar, and what little there is, is almost invisible to the naked eye.

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 7 lbs. and 5 oz. (which is a whole pound lighter than most) and feels absolutely incredible. The original frets display very minimal fret wear, and that which there is, is contained to only the first fret. The frets retain plenty of life, and nicely complement 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 stoptail/wrap-around studs haven’t tilted even a degree, and are perfectly vertical and structurally intact. The original tuning machines still retain the original plastic buttons. All of the plastic hardware is perfectly intact with no cracks nor shrinkage. 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 ’57 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.