1955 Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow + HSC

1955 Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow + HSC

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Affordable, first year oatmeal, straw coloured Les Paul Special that is relatively rare and plays/sounds as good as any we have had...

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Oozing mojo, a too often used noun, it certainly describes accurately this fascinating 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special and at just 3.2Kg it weighs less than most Strats we have had..!

As TV finishes go, this first year, more oaty shade is by far our favourite, with this one being a particularly fine example that seems to have been kept away from too much sunlight and nicotine over the years. The body has some wear, particularly where its come into contact with the player. and of course there are the dings and dongs in places.

This one has an old, repaired headstock crack that has been well repaired and also disguised so you do have to look a bit at first to see it. Needless to say it is solid and stable.

The neck shows very little signs of use with only some light wear to the fretboard and plenty of life left in the frets. tHe finish on the neck has worn in a few places but again there are no breaks.

Elsewhere, the hardware and plastics on this guitar have survived well. The tailpiece is in fine shape as is the pickguard. The jack plate is a high quality repro.

This guitar has a nice acoustic resonance and the chunky neck feels comfortable as you’d imagine. 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.

Guitar has some 50’s bumble bee caps fitted, we have seen bumble bee caps from 1956, this is a late 55, they may be original or they may be replacements…

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. This guitar certainly has a monstrous tone and many more years of faithful service to give.

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At a glance

Model: Les Paul Special
Year: 1955
Finish: TV Yellow

Modifications: replaced jack plate
Repairs: headstock crack repaired
Weight: 3.2 Kg

Case: Non original hard
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct Kluson Single Line

Pickups: 2 x Correct P90
Hardware: Correct Nickel
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 4 x 500k Centrelab




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