Up for sale, a 2006 Gibson Custom Shop Historic VOS '61 Les Paul SG Standard in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA, and hangtags. With a Cherry nitro lacquer finish and nickel hardware, this SG has a feel and tone that captures the magic of this model's introductory year. Notably lightweight at 7lbs 5oz, this "Les Paul" faithfully reproduces the guitar that would become the famed SG following Les Paul's decision to no longer endorse the guitar that was destined to be one of Gibson's most iconic models. The original '57 Classic PAF pickup pair delivers just the right amount of punch and power, with a glassy clarity and great harmonic content. Acoustically resonant with great bark and a wooly midrange quality, this SG exemplifies everything we love about Gibson's modern Custom Shop Historic offerings. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings, this Les Paul SG plays exceedingly well with low action and spot-on intonation.
The Custom Shop Historic Les Paul SG Standard stays true to the specs of this iconic instrument. Its distinct features and legendary tone are meticulously remade with all the precision and accuracy expected from Gibson Custom, including the solid mahogany body with twin cutaways, pointed horns, beveled edges and nickel-plated hardware. Other standard appointments include cellulose trapezoid fingerboard inlays, single-ply binding along the fingerboard and a slim neck profile carve. In addition to these details, the Les Paul SG reissue also benefits a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Gibson Deluxe machine heads, accurate fingerboard binding color, '57 Classic humbuckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye that brings out the grain in the mahogany beneath the gloss Cherry finish.
The neck has a quintessential early 60's slender C profile carve, fast-feeling with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features the original flawless fretwire with its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, and the guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The headstock features the correct 17 degree angle and holly veneer, with inlaid pearl Gibson logo and Kluson-style Gibson Deluxe tuning machines with aged green single ring tulip buttons and push-in bushings.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints, Bumblebee tone caps, and mostly intact PAF decals on the baseplates of the '57 Classic humbuckers. All of the nickel hardware has pitch perfect factory-applied aging, and plastics include a quartet of reflector cap knobs and the four-ply pickguard which shows some requisite light pick scuffing. Wear on the Cherry nitro lacquer finish is limited to some small nicks on the back bass-side lower bout body edge.
The original Gibson Custom Shop black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and COA.