A 68 spec conversion with a real PAF and Pat Number pickup installed. Looks almost like an original '57 and sounds killer too..
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We all must surely love goldtop Gibsons and this 68 spec 1969 Gibson Les Paul Standard has it all going on..
Following the resurgence of the Les Paul in the late 60s, thanks to the popularity of artists such as Eric Clapton, Gibson reintroduced the single cut shape in 1968 using the 1956 guitar as a model.
This guitar looks fantastic. The top has a few battle scars but that only adds to the appeal. The paint has survived really well with no substantial greening. It should also be noted that this guitar has all the first year features such as a single piece body and neck, dot on the ‘i’ and long neck tenon, features that it changed from later in 1969. You’ll also notice that we have a picture of the ledger from that year where at the bottom you can make out this guitars serial number and that it was completed January of 1969.
Now this guitar has had a life, as you might have gathered. At some stage it was routed for a bridge humbucker and it spent some time in this configuration (as you can see from the photograph included with the guitar). You’ll also note that it was fitted with a mini humbucker in the neck position. The phase switch must have also been added around this time but is now decommissioned.
This was how the current owner bought it, whereupon he took it to the Manchester Guitar Tech, aka Steve Robinson, who tidied up the routing in the bridge position and routed out a space for a neck humbucker into which were fitted a PAF in the neck and a Patent Number pickup in the bridge. Steve also removed the Nashville style bridge that had been fitted and put in bridge posts for the patent number bridge. The paint was then matched and the repair expertly hidden.
The neck too, one piece mahogany with its desirable small headstock, has definitely seen some action though is not excessively worn. The fretboard shows no real signs of wear with plenty of life left in the frets. Grovers have inevitably been fitted.
Plastics are in fantastic shape. The pick guard and binding are in brilliant condition. Hardware is still vibrant with no real hint of corrosion.
Electrically, there has been some resoldering but both pickups are correct as are the controls and sprague capacitors.
The guitar comes with a black tolex hardshell case with yellow lining.
This guitar sounds as good as it look, both pickups being well balanced and toneful. The neck has the expected smoothness without being too bass heavy whilst the bridge pickup has plenty of bite.
This is another stunning example and probably won’t be here for long so don’t let it get away.
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