A lightweight 1959 LP DC Special without breaks should be enough to get you interested....
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From the first year of the double cut body style, we have this remarkable 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special.
In an attempt to breath new life into the cheaper end of their Les Paul family, in late 1958 Gibson changed the deisign of the Junior to a Double Cut and introduced a cherry finish which increased sales immediately. 1959 saw the introduction of the Double Cut Special with the same Cherry finish with similarly impressive results.
This guitar looks stunning. The top has faded a little when compared to the back, though not to the extent of loosing too much of that deep red. As with these cherry Gibsons, its a fine showcase for the mahogany grain. There are a few very minor dents on the front with a little wear on the back, but overall this guitar has been well looked after. The neck is smooth and the fretboard looks un-used, the frets are almost entirely free of any wear.
Also very noteworthy is the fact that this guitar is totally break free, especially around the neck heel. Neck breaks are an ailment that is such a common factor with these guitars that have the earlier pickup layout but this one has suffered none of this, not even stress cracks.
The headstock is surprisingly free of too much wear. This guitar also has a 5 digit serial number (after the year digit) as Gibson ran out of 4 digit number in 1959.
The plastics are in great condition as is the nickel hardware. The electronics are all straight too with undisturbed solder joints. Weight is a lovely 3.31Kg and will not break the back in any shape or form.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case which is unusual. Its shape is that of a 1960 Lifton but the covering is grey crosshatch Tolex with beige trim. We think it might be an export case. Having said that its as very well made case.
The feel of Gibsons from this year is quite special (no pun intended), the hype surrounding the neck carve being (in my opinion) justified. This guitar feels very comfortable to play with a wonderful resonance and sustain. The pickups, as you’d expect, run the gamut from smooth to bitting. The neck pickup, arguably in the optimum position even if it does compromise the neck joint, has a full tone which really excentuates the sustain of the guitar without sounding woolly. The bridge pickup delivers that penetrating, attitude filled sound that we want from our slab of mahogany. You will not be disappointed!
These guitars don’t always make it. The neck joint is vulnerable but this one has made it this far. The guitar is in stunning condition and delivers in so many ways, the neck profile alone should be enough. You will kick yourself for missing out….
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