From the workshop of Yuki McClure (PGV - Player Grade Vintage), we have this stunning 1953 Gibson Les Paul Conversion.
The guitar itself is in good structural condition with a well repaired headstock break which is covered by a stinger. The neck angle hasn't been adjusted, retains the zero degree orientation that it left the factory with but it plays superbly well and in our opinion does not need any further work. There are the signs of a Bigsby having been fitted at some point prior to its most recent refinish.
The refinish has been done really well as you can see from the pictures, with appropriate ageing to match the faded finish. The original logo and binding have been retained and a new 1959 serial number has been stamped by PGV.
The original fretboard has been refretted and shows very little signs of use. This also features its correct inlays.
The previous owner bought the guitar and then set about populating the guitar with period correct parts. These are as follows -
early PAF spec Patent Number Pickups - neck magnet flipped for out of phase.
Shaved ABR1 early spec saddles
Correct Trussrod cover
Bartlett Nylon 6 Nut
1953 switch, small nut and harness
Repro switch tip
Old pickguard and bracket
Pickup rings from the 1980s
Vintage stoptail studs
1953 tall knobs, came with harness.
1953 Jack socket
Correct strap buttons
The guitar comes with its correct Lifton 4 latch 1953 hardshell case.
This guitar really sings. There is no denying the magical combination of maple, mahogany and patent number pickups if all you want in life is the flutey, infinitely sustaining tone and the effortless feel of the 24.75" scale. The out of phase sound is fantastic and adds another dimension to the sonic scope of the instrument.
We have seen a number of conversions and this is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the finest we have come across. The finish in particular is bang on for a 59 Burst and we can assure you it sounds and plays just as good as it looks. This could be the burst you're looking for...