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Gibson: CS LP SPECIAL

(Item ID: CS LP SPECIAL    Serial#: 0 4865)

Gibson CS LP SPECIAL 2014 Custom Shop Les Paul 1960 Reissue (SN. 0 4865)

General Description:

The Les Paul Special and its single-pickup counterpart, the Les Paul Junior, are perhaps two of the most under-rated electric guitars in history. Introduced in 1955 as a student model, the Les Paul Special was a less expensive alternative to the Les Paul Standard, which also featured two P-90 pickups at the time but had a more costly carved top. Indeed, at less than half the cost of the Standard, the Les Paul Special became a popular guitar, despite Gibson’s overall mixed success with all the various Les Paul iterations in the early years. Known for a unique mixture of warmth, body, and single-coil bite, the P-90 pickups of the Les Paul Special have an appealing and distinctive response that can remain clean or can readily push an amp past the break-up threshold. For rockers in particular, this thicker and aggressive tone definitely conjures some real primal urges, but the Les Paul Special truly has enough of a varied response that it has found its way into the hands of a wide array of players (e.g., Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Bob Marley, and Warren Zevon, to name a few). Though Gibson has produced guitars with P-90 pickups for over 80 years, it could certainly be argued that both Gibson and the public turned their attention to humbucker-equipped models following the development of the humbucking pickup in ’57. As a result, the P-90 pickup became increasingly obscure, particularly for new generations of Gibson devotees that began playing in the mid-‘80s, during the renaissance of the Les Paul Standard (thank you Slash!). Yet, perhaps beginning with the rise of indie music in the ‘90s and the concomitant interest in funky, affordable vintage guitars, guitars such as the Les Paul Special began to enjoy a new-found relevance and popularity that continues to this day.

This beautiful Custom Shop 1960 Reissue remains quite faithful to the look and vibe of the vintage singlecuts, while introducing some of the refinement of a modern build. In particular, the ‘60s slim taper neck is more consistent with the tastes of most contemporary players, having a fair amount of mass but not entering baseball bat territory. This particular example has a great neck, in that it has good conformity on both sides in terms of relief—sadly not a given with Gibsons, and just what we look for in our vetting process. More appealing still, this guitar weighs in at only 7.25 lbs, and is thus well balanced and very forgiving for anyone using a strap. A good neck, a resonant body, and some wonderfully expressive Custom Soapbar P90s…, what more could you ask for?!


Cosmetic Condition:

This Les Paul Special is in very clean overall condition, but it does have a few points of cosmetic wear: The most significant of these is a top dent that measures approximately Ό” in length that is situated on the edge of the lower bout on the bass side; on the back, one finds another smaller dent on the bass side lower bout; we also note a small dent on the treble side at the waist; there are a couple very minor dents on back; and, finally, there is a patch of buffing blushing on the control cavity cover. VERY GOOD+ to EXCELLENT condition


Specifications:

• Single-piece mahogany body
• Single Cutaway
• Cherry Red nitrocellulose lacquer
• Mahogany neck with ‘60s slim taper
• Bound Indian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
• Custom Soapbar P90 pickups
• 3-ply black/white/black pickguard
• 12" fingerboard radius
• 22 medium jumbo frets
• 24.75" scale
• 1.69" nut width
• Nylon nut
• Nickel wraparound tailpiece
• Nickel Kluson vintage style tuners with white oval buttons
• COA booklet, Warranty paperwork and additional Limited Switch Cavity cover included
• Original Lifton style Hardshell Case included (brown/pink) (used)

Our Price: $2900.00

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