The Gibson Les Paul Model as it stood in 1954 is a pure rock’n’roll legend, represented in greater detail than ever before in the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue. This was not quite where the Les Paul had begun, and not quite where it was going, but a powerful stop along that road that carried plenty of important features that have made this mid-’50s marvel a beloved tone machine to this very day. The guitar still retained its fat, snarling P-90 pickups and a rounded ’50s neck profile that not only feels superb in the hand, but also transmits added string vibration from neck to body to enhance resonance.
Classic Look & Feel
One of the most significant changes to the Les Paul Model of 1956, though, was the change from the trapeze to wraparound tailpiece. In addition to its foundation of a solid, lightweight mahogany body with carved maple top and a glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint, the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue benefits from Gibson Custom’s specs. They also include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide neck glue, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, and period-correct Goldtop and back/neck finish colors, the latter treated to Gibson Custom’s proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel. Put it all together, and the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue is the quickest route to the look, feel, and tone of a great vintage Goldtop made nearly six decades ago.
Superb Electronics & craftmanship
The sonic powerhouse of the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue remains its two fat single-coil P-90 pickups, beloved since the 1940s for their aggressive midrange, solid low end, and sparkling, silky highs—with that ever so slightly gritty edge for added cutting power. Gibson makes its P-90s today just like it did a full 60 years ago, with two Alnico V bar magnets in each pickup and coils wound with approximately 10,000 turns of 42 AWG wire, for plenty of beef when you hit ’em hard, but crystalline clean tones when you back off the guitar’s volume controls. Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls, too. To top it all off, the 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor. Every guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity, adjustment literature, and coverage by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1954 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Features:
- Satisfyingly chunky ’54 profile neck
- Wrap bridge/tailpiece gives you enhanced sustain and bendability
- P-90 pickups serve up that classic, fat Les Paul humbucker snarl
- Period-correct rounded neck profile
- Hide-glued mahogany neck with extended neck tenon for exceptional sustain and response
- Pearloid trapezoid fingerboard inlays
- Thin, vintage-correct, nitrocellulose-laquer finish enhances tone
- Custom Shop hardshell case included