Cannot find a single thing out of place on this remarkable example of the classic 1956 Les Paul Custom with original case and strong pickups that really belt it out. This thing rocks!
1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom in extremely fine condition, all 100% correct and not a thing out of place including the black/gold OHSC.
We love these guitars and they are one of the most under rated tone machines from this era. All mahogany body construction with no maple cap seems to suit the Les Paul Custom a fair bit better then a maple cap in our opinion. It is not as bright, but the depth of power and sheer guts more than make up for this in it’s tonal kaleidoscope.
This beautiful example has a lovely top carve, which in our experience is at it’s most prominent during the ‘55 and ‘56 years. Just a small amount of checking and very few dings with virtually no buckle rash. There are no finish issues, no touch ups and all solder is intact and virgin. All hardware from the truss rod cover to the strap button is also 100% correct.
Original frets with a lot of decent play left on them are nowhere near as bad as some make out and in our opinion before you think about ripping these originals out and replacing them with fat frets, try them out and live with them for a while. You will probably warm to them - we have, there are no problems playing them and like the SG LP Customs we have sold and the ES-355’s are just part of the guitars character. However, should you purchase this, you are of course totally free to do with it what you prefer.
Pickups are red hot, super strong (both of them) and as powerful as anything you expect from a vintage P-90 and Alnico V. The previous owner obviously liked a very hot output and cranked up the pole pieces on both pickups as high as he/she could. You do not need them to be this high but we left it so you could try it out. The result is like a supercharged Les Paul Custom.
Beautiful classic design just looks so right and as well as being a powerhouse of tone is also some pretty nice eye candy. Neck is chunky as you would expect but not overly so, in fact just about the same as the 58 Goldtop we just sold.
Have a look at the pics and have a nice drool. We think this will be a popular piece and has already showed a fair bit of interest on our FB/IG feeds…
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed by appointment only and tried out at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment Only) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdomn
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