Gibson '54 Les Paul Reissue VOS Goldtop - Used  From Gibson Guitars

A 54' Reissue Goldtop aged by Chad Underwod!


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Condition: Good. The guitar has been aged as pictured.

If you are looking for an ax to mainstay in your collection then this Reissue Goldtop will blow you away. There is something so classic about the grit-filled pleasures found in the p-90's on this ax that really endears it to me. It's great to have one guitar that can do everything from rock to blues, country and jazz and a Goldtop like this really fits the bill. Rolling back the tone on the neck pickup puts out a warm huggin woman tone, and being able to go from that all the way to the stinging bite of a hot full blast bridge is the kind of variability that makes this guitar so useful. I love its rhythm tone on both pickups clean and balance to perfection between the volume knobs. A punchy bluse tone on the neck pickup dimed out is yet another piece of magic found on this one. If you need tone and power this is an obvious choice!

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

 Two screaming P-90 pickups, a wraparound bridge, and a bronze-tinged Goldtop finish—that’s all that plenty of legendary players ever needed to get the job done, and it’s all packed in here in greater detail than ever before in the 2013 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue from Gibson’s Custom Shop. The sunburst Les Paul Standards of 1958-’60 may grab most of the attention, but for some of the true tone hounds out there, the 1954 Les Paul Model “Goldtop” embodies raw blues and rock’n’roll more than any other guitar on the planet. From Carl Perkins’ recordings of “Honey Don’t” and “Blue Suede Shoes” to Freddie King’s “Hideaway”, a Goldtop was there, rippin’ it up and making musical history in the process. When Les Paul and Gibson sat down at the drawing board to devise the first solidbody electric from a leading guitar manufacturer, Les insisted that this radical new instrument needed to be finished in gold, a color that would claim the Les Paul Model’s place in the world. Marrying a solid, lightweight mahogany back to a carved maple top was the first stroke of genius, and established the most legendary tonewood combination in the history of electric guitar manufacturing. With the addition of the wraparound bridge in late ’53/early ’54, the Les Paul had arrived, and it has never looked back. 

The Gibson Custom Shop’s 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is the veritable second coming of this revered yet short-lived variant of the venerable Les Paul, presenting all the period-correct finepoints that aficionados of the breed know and love. With its hot, gritty P-90 single-coil pickups, deep-set, long-tenon neck joint; lightweight wraparound “stud” bridge; and chunky, rounded ’50s neck profile, this baby is the real deal, raw and ready to rock. In addition to these details, the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue also benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, and period-correct Goldtop and back/neck finish colors. 

The sonic powerhouse of the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains its two fat single-coil P-90 pickups, beloved since the 1940s for their aggressive midrange, solid low end, and sparkling, silky highs—with that ever so slightly gritty edge for added cutting power. Gibson makes its P-90s today just like it did a full 60 years ago, with two Alnico V bar magnets in each pickup and coils wound with approximately 10,000 turns of 42 AWG wire, for plenty of beef when you hit ’em hard, but crystalline clean tones when you back off the guitar’s volume controls. Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls, too. To top it all off, the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor. 


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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.


P-90 pickups

wraparound bridge

’50s neck profile

Aged by Chad Underwood