For 2 years between 1961 & 1963, Gibson manufactured the Les Paul signature model with a completely redesigned body shape that would go on to be known as the SG. As Les Paul and Gibson parted ways for a number of years until the end of the 1960's, this thinner, bevelled edge asymmetrical cut away shape manufactured between '61 and '63 is an interesting and short lived part of Gibson history, with the guitar undeniably recognisable as an SG but bearing the Les Paul model name.
This 1961 Les Paul Standard is a fantastic example of a SG body shaped Les Paul Standard, from arguably the most collectable period for these instruments. Constructed from a mahogany body and neck with bound, block inlaid rosewood fingerboard, this guitar is finished in the cherry lacquer that was the standard for this model at the time. The body is fitted with a set of the much coveted PAF hum bucker pickups, primarily revered for their association with the 'Burst' Les Pauls produced by Gibson in the late 1950's. The tone is certainly what you would expect to find from an original set of PAF pickups, with a string definition and growl that is unique, with clear highs that don't get too trebly, and rich low end response.
The PAFs are untampered with, having never been desoldered from the loom and with the original covers intact. The double ring Kluson tuners and sideways vibrato are original, as is the original no wire ABR1 bridge, although the tuner buttons are more modern replacements with the originals retained in the case. The pots are original Centralab brand, with the only readable code dating to the 43rd week of 1960 (134 6043). All other wiring and electronics are correct for the period. The is a comfortable slimmer early '60s profile, and has benefitted from a refret by our luthiers at The Vintage Instrument Workshop.
This guitar is in excellent condition, with a small area of finish touch up to the left of the bridge pickup appearing to be the only repair work undertaken. This guitar also includes its original pink lined Lifton case.
The guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.