Up for sale, a 1971 Gibson Les Paul 58/54 Goldtop in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very rare "reissue" model offered in sparingly small quantities in the early 1970s, this Les Paul is an anomaly of Norlin-era Gibson, as it was produced with a one-piece mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck with no volute, and a wraparound tailpiece design. Offered as a 1958 reissue, the factory specs actually directly reflected a 1954-55 Les Paul Standard.
The original P-90 routes have been slightly enlarged to accept full-size humbuckers, and this guitar came to us here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar already outfitted with an era-correct pair of vintage patent sticker T-Top humbuckers.The bridge pickup has great midrange presence and bounce, very articulate with a certain bell-like treble attributable to the wraparound tailpiece. In contrast, the neck pickup has a woody, silky sound with excellent breadth and sweetness. The humbuckers have plenty of muscle and growl when pushed hard, yet also clean up incredibly well. Weighing 10lbs 3oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Les Paul with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a round ‘50s-style C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and plenty of heft, yet shy of the more extreme “baseball bat” shapes of some neck carves, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and graduating to .945" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo fretwire has Gibson’s relatively flat fret dress of the era with plenty of meat and only the faintest wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features vintage Kluson Deluxe double line, double ring tuners which function smoothly. There are singular small cleanly doweled tuner mounting holes just inset from the vintage gears, and there is a small amount of finish staining adjacent to the tuners from oil in the gears.
The wiring harness is all original, with Sprague "Black Beauty" tone caps and CTS pots which date to the 42nd week of '71. Both vintage T Top humbuckers retain clean patent stickers on their baseplates. The pickup routes have been enlarged just enough to accommodate the full-size humbuckers, and if P-90s are desired, a pair of replica cream "goof rings" are also included to conceal any additional routing.
Hardware includes a compensated lightweight MojoAxe wraparound tailpiece, and the original quartet of gold speed knobs are intact. The stock cream pickguard has also been subtly reshaped to accommodate the humbuckers. While the Walnut nitro lacquer gloss on the body and neck is original, the top has been professionally refinished by Riggio Custom Guitars back to its original iconic Goldtop finish. Riggio is a true expert when it comes to Goldtops, balancing the bronzing and greening of this finish for a pitch perfect vintage appearance. The top is framed by clean original binding, with more slender binding in the cutaway, unique for being vintage-correct for a '50s build and unlike other Les Pauls of the era.
The new finish on top exhibits broad lacquer checking and some small simulated marks of wear to match the natural playwear on the back and sides. There are two areas of buckle rash on the back, and wear is otherwise limited to some small dings and finish scratches on the mahogany as a whole. The smooth nitro gloss is intact on the profile, free of palm wear with one shallow mark central to the carve behind fret 5.
The original black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included. The case retains its original latches and handle, with a silver Gibson silkscreen on the lid.