The “Standard ´58” was one of Gibson’s early attempts at a 50s Les Paul Reissue. Built in 1971 and 72, it was actually closer to a reissue of a 1954 Les Paul, with wrap around bridge and gold finish, albeit with the humbucking pickups featured on the ’58. But they did a lot right on this one – chunky one-piece neck, 1-piece mahogany body with thin binding in the cutaway, small 50s-style headstock, aluminium lightweight tailpiece. Only a few where made, 25 in 1971 and 1046 in 1972.
The Standard 58 could rightfully claim to be one of the very earliest of Gibson’s “Pre-Historic” models, in that it pre-dated the establishment of the company’s Custom Art and Historic Division by many years.
And what sets this 1972 model apart is that is was one relatively few Standard 58s finished in sunburst instead of gold. And of those sunburst Standard 58s, this is one of less than 20 that featured Gibson’s P-90 pickups, housed in a retro plastic casing with a raised Gibson logo. Plus it has a tune-o-matic bridge and standard tailpiece instead of the wraparound units featured on the Goldtops. Those features are why this one is named a “Standard 58 Limited”.
- 1-piece mahogany body with 3 piece carved maple top
- 1-piece mahogany neck with small headstock, no volute
- 24 3/4” scale length
- 1 11/16” nut width
- Long tenon neck joint
- Bound rosewood fretboard with 22 frets
- 2 x Gibson P-90 pickups
- 6 x original Kluson double ring tuners
- Nickel hardware
- Gibson tune-o-matic bridge
- Aluminium lightweight tailpiece
These early reissues were made to 50’s specs – it’s not like a regular 70’s era Les Paul whatsoever. They feature the thin cutaway binding, a one piece non-volute neck with 17 degree headstock angle, smaller 50’s size headstock, long neck tenon, and a non pancake one piece mahogany body.
With these unusual features it is highly unlikely the frugal Gibson company retooled to build the Standard 58. It is more likely that they were using up 15 year old wood parts (neck blanks and bodies) from the 1950’s – i.e. old wood made before CNC machines and kiln drying.
This 47 year old Les Paul is a beautiful instrument. It appears to be in completely original condition – we cannot see any changes from its original spec. Certainly nothing has been modified while in the many years of custody by the current owner.
Super resonant with wonderful tone and feel, this one just begs to be played. Nice comfortable full rounded 50’s neck – not to big, not too small. Probably among the last Les Pauls ever made with old growth wood.
Frets are in good shape with lots of life left. Even with its current medium low action, the neck plays smoothly without buzz or dead spots. The two P-90s are strong with plenty of growl – they love to make a pushed tube amp sing. Overall this one has been well looked after, and presents in excellent condition. No breaks, no repairs, no issues.
This guitar erases the unpopular sins of 70s Gibsons, offering the buyer an instrument that compares favourably to its 1950s original inspirations, at a much more accessible price.
With under 1100 58 Standards made in total, and most being Goldtops, this sunburst Standard 58 Limited is one of only 20 or so ever made in this configuration – a very rare example of a beautifully made “Pre-Historic” Gibson. Likely to be a future classic, this model could well be the next sky-rocketing and collectable Les Paul.
Comes in its original Gibson hard case in excellent condition.