1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard + OHSC

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At A Glance:
Model: Les Paul Standard
Year: 1952
Finish: Gold
Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight (kg): 4.27

Case: Correct Lifton 4 latch
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Mahogany
Body wood: Mahogany
Tuners: Corretc Kluson no line
Pickups: 2 x Correct P90
Hardware: Correct Nickel
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 4 x Correct 500k Centrelab

    This is a very rare, early 1952 Les Paul Standard with unbound fingerboard. It is one of the first 100 or so made and exhibits some unique features only seen on the first few Les Pauls.

    It has, as mentioned, the unbound fingerboard with white side dots, slightly different neck joint and the diagonal screws on the back pickup. The 'i' on the logo is attached to the 'G'. The neck has a very soft V shape to it and the control cavity routing is very different to later examples, probably as they were still figuring out how to do it.

    It is completely original down to the last screw and is in superb condition. Have a look at the pics and you will see what we mean. It includes the original, flat top brown case with pink lining that these early ones came in.

    The top has faded (or darkened actually) to a really nice, dark, rich gold as you can see when the pickguard is removed and there are a few marks here and there. Neck too is in good condition with some slight wear to the finish. The fretboard is in great shape with plenty of life left in the original frets.

    Plastics are correct with the original tall Gibson knobs present. Electrically there seems to be no sign of alterations.

    Sonically this guitar doesn't quite have the grunt of a later example but it definelty holds its own. The tailpiece can feel a little cumbersome initially but you soon grow accustomed. The soft v of the neck is very comfortable.

    So there you have it. Only the second unbound '52 we have ever had here. A rare sight and in collectable condition that also happens to play superbly well too. What more could you surely ask for...

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