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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