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1989 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop '56-Style, 100% Original w/ Clear Bobbin P-100s & Case


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Up for sale, a 1989 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This rare Goldtop model was only offered from 1988-91, with production limited to roughly 100 instruments per year. In keeping with the understanding that these limited run Goldtops were produced exclusively to be sold via Gibson's distributor Yamano in the Japanese domestic market, this Les Paul was recently sourced direct from Tokyo (and like all Gibsons is a USA-made instrument).

Crafted in the spirit of the 1956 Les Paul Standard, this Gibson features its stock pair of clear bobbin P-100 pickups, offering the growl and midrange cut of a P-90, but with a second coil to eliminate any single coil-centric hum while still delivering a glassy, dynamic overwound tone. The classic tonewood combination of a carved maple top and non-weight relieved mahogany body is tough to beat, and this Les Paul takes full advantage of these classic woods, dishing out plenty of natural authority and sustain. Weighing a hearty 11lbs 4oz, we've had this Goldtop professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, solid intonation and low action.

The mahogany neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, firmly a middle ground between Gibson's '50s and '60s neck carves. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlays and original slender frets that have their full factory height and perfectly rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the Gibson Deluxe double line tuning machines with aged green tulip buttons, and the Gibson logo is cleanly inlaid in pearl at the top of the open book headstock shape.

All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and original CTS pots that date to the 17th week of '89. Hardware includes the nickel ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, both of which have bright plating and only light surface patina. Plastics include a quartet of gold speed knobs and cream P-90 covers, and there's some light pick wear across the neck pickup cover.

The Goldtop nitro lacquer gloss finish exhibits some shallow marks on the bass-side lower bout on top, likely related to wrist jewelry, with various small dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. There is a bit of mild cloudiness in the lacquer on the body perimeter and in a small area adjacent to the control cavity cover, and there is a light finish reaction through the clear coat of the gloss leaving a matte feel on an area extending 5” on the back bass-side lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original brown tolex "Gibson USA" hardshell case is included. This case has a plush pink interior and original blanket.