Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

vintage Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Guitar

1956 Les Paul Goldtop

The Gibson Les Paul Model, now known as the  ‘goldtop’, was sold from 1952 to 1958.  The earliest models  featured two P-90 single coil pickups and a trapeze style tailpiece.  In late 1953, the trapeze tailpiece was replaced by a stud tailpiece/bridge followed by the Tuno-O-Matic bridge in 1955.  Gibson’s new PAF Humbucker pickups, replaced the P-90’s in 1957.   The typical body design was a maple cap over a mahogany body, although a few guitars were built using only mahagony without the maple cap.

Gibson priced the 1952 goldtop at $210, which was about $20 more than Fender Telecaster.

According to the 2012 Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide, the early Goldtops in excellent condition are valued in the range of $11,000 to $26,000.  Slightly later models with Humbucker pickups are valued up to $100,000.

Read more about the history of Gibson guitars here.

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