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1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop, Slender Neck, Joe Bonamassa Owned w/ Lifton Case


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Up for sale, a 1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown Lifton hardshell case. Unique among its peers, this particular Goldtop has had its original neck reshaped both in terms of depth and nut width, approximating a late '60s carve with a slender, fast feel and 1 9/16" nut width. This Les Paul also holds the distinction of once being part of Joe Bonamassa's collection.

Featuring all original electronics, hardware and plastics, as well as a stunning original Goldtop finish and rich brown mahogany back and rims, this Les Paul Standard delivers on the promise of golden age Gibson refinement. Weighing 9lbs 12oz, this Les Paul has a resonant sonic foundation comprising a carved maple cap and Honduran mahogany body, yielding the note attack and detail of maple and the fundamental warmth and smooth growl of mahogany. The P-90 pair is extremely balanced, and both coils meter at 7.6k ohms. The bridge pickup has a glassy cut and sweet bounce, highly responsive to player inputs and offering an underlying richness not always found in a bridge pickup. Trebles have a harmonic density and sparkle in every pickup position, and toggling towards the neck delivers a thick, throaty bark that can easily drive an amp while also retaining a refinement applicable to complex chord voicings. We've had this Gibson professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has been reshaped to be notably slender and fast-feeling, with moderate shoulder and rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has had its binding removed (save for at the heel) when the neck was reshaped, and the guitar has been refretted with vintage spec slender fretwire that has a hair more meat than the “banjo” frets used by Gibson in ’54. The frets have been leveled and crowned, currently quite low and showing only a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut width measures 1 9/16", and the headstock face retains the original Gibson inlay and Les Paul Model text, with light lacquer overspray. The original inked 4-prefix serial number is intact beneath the two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer overspray on the back of the headstock and neck profile. The guitar features original Kluson Deluxe "no line" tuning machines with stock white plastic buttons, turning smoothly and functioning reliably.

All of the electronics are original and function as intended, with original winds on both P-90s and extremely clean bobbins. The wiring harness retains the pair of original paper-in-oil Grey Tiger tone caps and the quartet of CentraLab pots date to the 22nd week of '53. The original lightweight wraparound nickel-plated aluminum bridge is intact, central to the lively treble cut and focused-sounding wound strings. All original plastics are accounted for including the brown switch and control cavity covers, quartet of gold speed knobs, and cream pickup covers, switch surround, and single-ply pickguard.

The body finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, and the Goldtop gloss exhibits tight horizontal lacquer checking on top, some finish loss adjacent to the bridge pickup Volume knob, and various minor marks commensurate with decades of careful use. Wear is similarly restrained on the back and body perimeter, with a very faint area of shallow buckle wear central to the waist.

The original brown Lifton hardshell case with pink plush interior is included. The case is extremely clean, retaining all original latches, the brown leather handle, and small Gibson badge on the exterior. The case also retains its "Joe B's 54 Goldtop, Slim Neck" tape on the case edge.