Late 1950's Gibson Les Paul Goldtops are some of the most highly regarded solid body electrics ever produced by Gibson, with a their distinctive gold finish and signature PAF tone making them one of the most collectible vintage guitars on the market. These post 1957 humbucker models are often considered the precursors to the 'Bursts produced at the end of the decade, and exemplify the quality of Gibson manufacturing at the time. The Gibson Historic series reissue models are as close as you'll get to the vintage tone and build quality of an original model for a fraction of the price. This 2004 Gibson Historic Les Paul R7 is a fantastic example of the series.
Modelled on the Les Paul Goldtops produced in the latter half of 1957, this guitar features a solid Mahogany body and neck along with and Rosewood fingerboard and carved Maple top, finished in a glossy gold lacquer. It also features the 'dark back' back of body and neck finishing, found on original examples from this period. The original pickups have been upgraded with a vintage Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro in the neck, and an early Seymour Duncan '78 pickup in the bridge, before the company started using embossed pickup chassis. This pairing offers a hotter take on the classic PAF sound, with the same articulation and dynamic response, with a hotter overall output. Other features include single ply cream binding, vintage style double line Gibson Deluxe tuners, pearloid trapezoid fret board inlays, and a rounded '50s style neck profile.
This guitar is in excellent condition and shows only very minor signs of use, with some minor play wear predominantly to the back of the body. With the exception of the pickups, it is internally and externally original, and includes the original case.
As with all our vintage instruments, this guitar has been given a thorough service by the Vintage Instrument Workshop and is guaranteed for 3 years in line with our vintage instrument warranty.