Like sunbeams through the grey, this excellent 1957 Gibson Les Paul TV Special should be the light that shows you the way to rock n roll nirvana…
The body shows some very light signs of wear. The colour has faded a little though the lacquer applied at this point was very much more yellow. There are a few dings and scratches as you’d expect. There has been a bigsby fitted at some stage though care has been taken to repair the holes left behind. Overall this guitar is in fine condition.
Neck shows signs of wear. The headstock has has had a fairly common smile repair though this does not seem to have been a bad break and has been well repaired. The only bit of lacquer touch up can be found around this repair. The fretboard is in great shape with a sympathetic refret and new nut having been fitted.
Elsewhere, the hardware and plastics on this guitar have survived well. The tailpiece shows some signs of use as do the studs. The pickguard and jack plate are in great shape.
Electrically everything looks to have been left undisturbed and both P-90's have the right amount of bite and growl in perfect measure.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case
This guitar has a nice acoustic resonance. The real fun comes when plugged in as both P90s deliver a fantastic gnarly tone when full tilt, cleaning up nicely with the volume and tone controls. Gibson produced some brilliant pickups in the 1950s and this guitar is certainly blessed with a well matched pair.
This guitar goes a long way to show that ‘student models’ of the 50s were certainly not just thrown together by the craftsmen of Kalamazoo. There are many more miles left on this guitar for sure and with current LP Specials what they are, this one is a bit of a bargain…