A Black Beauty in the true sense... One of the last to leave Kalamazoo in this classic shape before and during the switchover to the SG..
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Here’s an interesting one. This is probably one of the last Les Paul Black Beauties made in the traditional 50’s style during the 50’s and early 60’s.
It is a 1961 version with 3 x PAF pickups and what is quite surprising is it has a 59 neck profile, not at all like a late 60 or 61 profile, which is a very good thing. It has all original finish, no touch ups no repairs to the wood or to the finish. It has been refretted with larger frets and the neck binding has been replaced. Probably this was damaged maybe during the refret? This happened to me once, early on, by a luthier who shall remain nameless..!
Serial number has an inconvenient ding on the first digit and the previous owner thought it was an early 1960 however after noticing It has the smaller inlays on the upper frets and reading the pot codes of week 17 1961, we came to the conclusion it is in fact an early - mid 1961 and more than likely one of the last of this style to leave Kalamazoo of that era.
All 3 x PAF’s sound brilliant as you would expect. When we received it the middle pickup was disconnected and was reading low so we sent it to our pickup repairer who rewound just one bobbin of that PAF so it now works brilliantly well with a classic and factory intentional, slightly out of phase (but not like a Strat) in the middle position where the neck and middle pickup combine. Both the neck and the bridge PAF’s are completely original.
Knobs are original 50’s bonnet knobs. This may well of had early reflectors fitted to it but this is how it arrived here and it looks a lot better then reflectors. You will also notice the wiring is similar to an SG.
It plays really well with bags of sustain, the refret with large frets makes sure of this and with an amp that has decent gain you can hold a note until next week, with ease. It also has a lot of raunch with the nice, darker sound which an all mahogany construction gives you. The 59 style neck profile also ensures this is a guitar that is easy to play and with a good weight for one of these at just 4.07Kg it is one you can enjoy for a fair old whilst standing up.. Or you could always sit down of course and blast out some King Crimson licks ;-)
Included is the correct black and orange lined Lifton case which is generally in good condition.
A lovely guitar, classic looks and sounds and rare to find one like this in 1961…
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