Up for sale, a 1977 Gibson Les Paul Special 55/77 model in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The first "reissue" of the '50s Les Paul Special platform and a vintage guitar in its own right, the 55/77 model features a solid mahogany construction and pair of clear bobbin P-90 pickups. Warm, rich and dynamic acoustically, the pair of original P-90s offer plenty of glassy cut and wooly overdriven bark. The guitar weighs 8lbs 4oz, well-balanced on a strap and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a particularly slender C profile carve, easy-playing and fast-feeling in every register with just a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard retains the original wide/flat medium jumbo fretwire which shows light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original nickel-plated Gibson "flower" tuners with large metal tulip buttons. The original stickered serial number with "Les Paul 55-77" designation is present too.
The headstock did experience an older V-shaped repair across the treble half of the headstock joint, extremely cleanly repaired and smooth to the palm, holding full string tension with ease.
All of the electronics function as intended with the clear bobbin P-90 pair wired to the original harness with untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 50th week of 1976. The pickup routes and control cavity are also factory shielded to achieve the best possible noise floor. The hardware includes a chrome Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar, providing more exacting intonation than a '50s Special, and all of the original plastic parts are intact including the pickup covers, pickguard, and quartet of black speed knobs. The gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish is in great shape exhibiting some requisite pick scuffing across the guard and light buckle rash at the bass-side waist. There are some additional dings on the body parameter, faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, and a few minor marks on the body as a whole.
A vintage Gibson "chainsaw" molded hardshell case is included, and two of the original large plastic latches are still functional.