Gibson Les Paul Special Solid Body Electric Guitar (1958)

Gibson  Les Paul Special Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1958)
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Gibson Les Paul Special Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1958), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 8-2458, limed mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a very clean and completely original 1958 example of a single-cutaway Les Paul Special, looking little used even nearly 65 years on. 1958 was the last year for this original single-cutaway Les Paul Special design, which was transformed in to a double-cut instrument for the '59 model year. This is a late example of this perennial favorite rocker's guitar made close to the end of the run.

This guitar's features are still typical of the first "Special" variant with a "limed mahogany" finish on the body and neck, two powerful P-90 pickups with black plastic covers, black bonnet knobs, a multi-ply beveled-edge black celluloid pickguard, and the nickel-plated bar bridge/tailpiece assembly. The headstock carries the pearl Gibson logo and silkscreen "Les Paul Special" designation. The original wiring is complete and intact including the much-loved "bumblebee" capacitors.

1958 was a fairly low production year for this model with only 948 were shipped out, some of which were the new double-cut version. At any point the LP Special was not nearly as popular as the cheaper single pickup Junior, which sold over 2,400 units that year alone. These single cutaway Specials are much more solid in construction than the double-cutaway version; many find the handling and sound more pleasing as well. This is a great all-around guitar, suitable for everything from rampaging Rock'n'Roll to hard blues and even twangy country. As the iconic Gibson solid bodies from the ever-longer-ago 1950s become more venerable, the original single-cutaway Special represents the greatest value in a "Golden Era" Les Paul.
Overall length is 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This guitar is simply VERY clean overall, ALL original with no repairs or modifications. The finish is beautiful with some broad checking and only small dings, dents and chips scattered around. The back of the neck has one small feelable dink behind the 9-10th fret area. There is a bit of staining on the back of the neck behind the 12th fret area, either from a strap or transfer from the neck rest in the original case. The back also has some fainter staining running up the middle from the back edge. The tail of the "L" in the Les Paul headstock logo is partially worn off.

The hardware and electronics are all original with untouched solder joints; even the tuner buttons remain unchanged. The only real damage on the instrument is some odd marks on the tops of the knobs, especially the top volume knob which is somewhat chewed up looking. We have no idea what caused this but the knobs are of course easily replaced if desired.

The original frets have only very light wear in the first position. Besides being exceptionally well preserved this is an excellent player with the expected killer sound. This is simply one of the nicest of these we have seen, housed in a 1980s black Gibson molded "Protector" HSC with the original alligator chipboard (in fairly poor condition due to tome old duct tape work) included as well. Overall Excellent + Condition.