GIBSON LES PAUL

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"These Les Paul's had trapeze tail-pieces and over the body made of mahogany maple caps were inlaid for more sustainability and denseness. Models of later edition Les Paul's had maple quilted finishes and tiger-striped maple flame finishes. The first of these guitars to be introduced were called Goldtops for the regular models styles and the more expensive called Custom models."



Les Paul was a famous pop singer and jazz guitar man who collaborated with the Gibson Guitar Company to help design the new Gibson Les Paul series of guitars in the 1950's. During this year you saw a rise in popularity within the guitar markets once the Telecaster from Fender made its debut this same year.

President of Gibson Guitars Mr. Ted McCarty consulted Les Paul on this new design which would hold his name. These new Les Paul's would not be cheap but in the higher money ranges sue to their customization. The Gibson Company prided themselves with having the great hollow body style in their guitars from the 1930's onward.

These Les Paul's had trapeze tail-pieces and over the body made of mahogany maple caps were inlaid for more sustainability and denseness. Models of later edition Les Paul's had maple quilted finishes and tiger-striped maple flame finishes. The first of these guitars to be introduced were called Goldtops for the regular models styles and the more expensive called Custom models.

The Customs had their hardware upgraded and a finish of all black formal. The Goldtop models were out on the markets from 1952 all the way to 1958. This amazing Les Paul had pick-ups which were single coiled P-90 and trapeze one piece bridges with trapeze tail-piece. The strings were not over the stop bar but went underneath instead.

Construction was done in maple and mahogany which gave it the specific tones and weight.The maple was only used as a cap over the mahogany to make it lighter. Serial numbers were not added to the Les Paul's until later in 1952. The Custom model was available from 1954 through to 1960. This was a Les Paul second style issue. Its original name was the Gibson Les Paul Custom.

It was nicknamed the Black Beauty due to its finish being in all black. Instead of maple tops the Custom's had all mahogany instead. It had a bridge design called the tune-o-matic and Humbucker pickups with Anico-5 magnets located in the position of the neck. The Junior and TV Les Paul's made their debut in 1954 through to 1960.

The Junior Les Paul was introduced in 1954 and was specifically geared toward the beginning guitar players. But it also become highly popular within the professional arena as well. The body was mahogany and made as a flat slab top with tone and volume controls that were traditional. The fingerboards were made of rosewood with position markers in dot plain shapes bored into them.

In 1955 the Gibson Les Paul TV model became available. It was really the Junior but with a finish look of natural wood grains. The color of the finish was a yellow mustard translucent which the wood grain could be viewed through. It was compared to the butterscotch yellow of the Fender during that time frame.

These Gibson Les Paul TV series were named such because they were used mainly for appearances on the television. Television was only in black and white in those days and because of this the white guitars would cause massive glare problems. With the new Gibson TV models this was no longer an issue as they caused no glare at all.





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