Original 1957 Black Beauty Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar

Vintage 1957 Black Beauty Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar PAF Humbuckers for sale

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Late 1957 marked the first appearance of the tri-PAF Humbucking Pickup configuration in the iconic LES PAUL CUSTOM. Previous Customs (1954-57) were equipped with the P90/Alnico dual pickup setup. In 1957 only 283 total examples of the Custom were produced, with both the Alnico/90 and this triple Humbucker setup immortalized by Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Stills and others. This is a really superb example of the latter of which less than 150 were likely made in 1957.

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- This guitar shows little use. (In the shot above the few white marks are loose hairs from the sheepskin rug the case is cocooned in.)

- The Gold finish on the pickup covers, ABR-1, stop tailpiece is 90%+.

- No dings, belt rash, etc. Minor lacquer scrape next to jack. There are a few pinpoint marks too small to photograph.

- Minor lacquer checking on headstock.

- The frets may have been dressed/changed. The binding and lacquer appear original but I'm no expert. I've gotten opposite opinions from two guitar builders. 'Fretless Wonder' frets were frequently changed for fatter ones for easier playing and these could be but these aren't fat, look similar to original 1957 Gold Top frets.

- Typically, original Kluson Super tuners were switched to Grovers. No extra holes. Original Klusons + bezels in case.

- Original Stop Tailpiece (no Bigsby changeover), ABR-1, Wiring Harness, etc. No changed parts other than Grovers and possible frets..

- Two PAF labeled + one unlabeled Humbuckers, common to 1957. Pickups ohm at 7.3k-7.4k, precise for year.

- No repairs.

- Original case in near excellent condition. Normal wear on handle. A Mint original 1957 handle is included for replacement.

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I have owned this gem for 23 years. It has been stored in a temperature-controlled environment. I've taken it out twice a year to polish, tune and play delicately for a few minutes. It has never left my home. Its condition indicates little use before I got it and I conservatively rate it at 9+ condition. I am no guitar dealer and try not to exaggerate or overhype, unlike the norm. This instrument was purchased privately.

1957 Les Paul Custom Neck and Headstock details

1957 Les Paul Custom Headstock details

1957 Les Paul Custom Original Case

Cash, Money Order, Bank Check, Bank Transfer only.
Instrument may be examined in person in NY by appointment.
This is a private sale. Full identification credentials required before viewing.

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