Well its safe to say we do not see many of these, in this condition - a 1962 Gibson Les Paul Custom.
The guitar is stunning. There no marks on the body with the only noteworthy ones being a few on the edge of the neck on the bass side. The Polaris white is a stunning with very little fade. There are no signs of any breaks either near the headstock or at the heel of the neck.
As mentioned the neck has a few minor knocks that have disturbed the lacquer but do not affect the structural integrity of the neck or are noticeable whilst playing. The original frets are low but still play fine. The ebony fretboard is in superb condition. Headstock is in good great condition too, in fact this is one of the best we have had here.
Whoever owned this at one stage must have had a bit of an obsession with neatness. It looks like he/she did not like the way the gold plating had worn and decided to take some drastic steps in as much as nearly all the gold plating has been removed.
The bridge is correct but has been chromed as have the the humbucker screws. Elsewhere the gold plating has simply been removed on the trem and the pickup covers. As a result all of these covers have been off. The Grovers are old nickel ones which do suit the guitar rather well. In fact the guitar, in its unique nickel adornment is rather cool we think...
The pickguard is correct as is the switch tip. The knobs are reproductions.
When the guitar arrived with us it was in bits with the pickups disconnected. On refitting them we found that the middle pickup was broken. This was sent to Montys and had to be rewound. The other two have original windings. The bridge pickup is a PAF with the neck and middle being Patent Number, 1962 was a crossover year with PAF/PAT stickers and as we are sure you are aware, they are exactly the same pickup, just different stickers.
The middle pickup is not currently out of phase as would have been the case originally. All other solder joints look to be untouched with the remaining electrics being correct.
The guitar comes with its correct black hardshell case which like the rest of the guitar is in stunning condition.
Sonically, this guitar doesn’t disappoint. Those familiar with the SG will recognise the bite and having the middle pickup in phase really adds to the tone. This guitar really sings and there is a mellow-ness to the sound that combined with a wonderful sustain gives this guitar a sophisticated edge that cuts through when provoked. The neck is comfortable and not skinny.
We don't see many of these around and in this condition you'd be a fool not to look twice...