In 1961, the new SG (solid guitar) body shape with double pointed cutaway was originally intended to bring a new style to Gibson’s Les Paul line. But following Les Paul’s disapproval of the new design, they were renamed the SG during 1963. The first two years of SG production (1961 to end of 1963) in this series have Les Paul logos on their headstocks or the area below the fingerboard.
The original 61 – 63 Les Paul Custom SGs with 3 pickups are as rare as ???? and command sky high vintage prices. This one is a rather more affordable, but beautifully authentic recreation by Gibson’s Custom Art Historic division.
This excellent reissue certainly stays true to the original with its Alpine White finish, all gold hardware and three ’57 Humbuckers taking up their position between the tune-o-matic bridge and the “Les Paul Custom” label. The mahogany neck is a comfortable C-shape and features the familiar 43mm (1 11/16″) nut width. The ebony fingerboard has been dressed with white binding and pearl block inlays.
Other features include pearl Gibson Custom logo headstock inlay, stopbar tailpiece, standard Les Paul control layout and a 3-ply white pickguard. The tuners are high quality gold Grovers.
Model: 61 Les Paul Custom SGC-M VOS (Vintage Original Spec)
Finish: Alpine White
Body Material: Mahogany
Body Details: 3-ply white pickguard
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Profile: C-shape
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 12”
Neck Details: white fingerboard bindings, pearl block position inlays
Nutwidth: 1 11/16″
Scale Length: 24 3/4″
Tailpiece: Maestro Vibrola
Pickups: 57 Classic Humbuckers
Tuners: Grover Gold
Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 3-way Switch
Weight: 8.2 lbs
This beautiful guitar was built in 2006, and it even has its original shop tags – with a sticker price of A$7699 from way back then. It presents in excellent condition. A few minor marks on the back that can hardly be seen, and some very light tarnishing on the pickup covers. Apart from that you’d be hard pressed to find any flaws on this one. The white finish has mellowed to a lovely cream, and the original Gibson medium jumbo frets are in excellent condition.
It plays great and sounds fantastic. It feels balanced and comfortable, with killer pickups and unparalleled access to the uppermost frets.
Comes with original Gibson hard shell case in excellent condition.
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