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Unread 02-25-2012, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

I searched for this model on the web and only quite a few topics appeared.
so I thought of posting mine for others reference.

  • Gibson USA '57 Classic & '57 Classic Plus humbucker pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • Mahogany body
  • Set Maple neck with 50's profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Trapezoid inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Amber bell knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • Push/pull series/parallel selector on tone knobs
  • Mallory 150 capacitors
  • 3-way Switchcraft selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Metallic Gold finish
source: (Template:1957 Les Paul Standard Gold Top - The Unofficial Epiphone Wiki)

1957 Epiphone Les Paul Std. Gold Top


Headstock - Front



Headstock - Rear, with Grover tuning heads


Neck


Inlays


Push/Pull tone knobs


Gibson 57 Classic, and 57 Classic+ PUP



Mallory 150 Capacitors


Finish




I hope this helps.

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Unread 02-26-2012, 06:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

Hello and welcome to MLP. I have the same model and it has all the upgrades it's supposed to have. There's been a bit of a problem here lately with Sam Ash selling what's supposed to be the same model but it has none of the upgrades. It's a regular LP Standard with a gold top. We've been trying to steer people who are looking for this model away from Sam Ash. Where did you buy yours if you wouldn't mind saying?
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

Bought it a month ago, in a Singapore music shop (Swee Lee Music Company) which I was just passing by, until I saw that they're having a 50% discount on ALL the things inside. So I ended up with this guitar back home.
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

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Bought it a month ago, in a Singapore music shop (Swee Lee Music Company) which I was just passing by, until I saw that they're having a 50% discount on ALL the things inside. So I ended up with this guitar back home.
That's great! These are really sweet sounding Gits with this set-up. I've heard similar stories from Canada and Europe of someone getting one of the 57 GT's with all the nice upgrades. It nice to see these are still available in some places. Congrats on yours, it sounds like you got a heck of a deal too!
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

So sexy!




...I need a box of tissues and 5 minutes alone with your photos.
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

I was at Sam Ash in New Haven CT this afternoon after reading about this model. Sadly the only 2 they had in stock were the newer version with no Gibby 57/57+ pickups or push/pull pots. Salesperson says they've been like that for a short while now. Even their February Gear Guide lists it with Alnico V p/u's and no mention of push/pull pots. So it's nothing more then a Standard with goldtop now.
If you were able to get one, count your blessings I guess.
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

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That's great! These are really sweet sounding Gits with this set-up. I've heard similar stories from Canada and Europe of someone getting one of the 57 GT's with all the nice upgrades. It nice to see these are still available in some places. Congrats on yours, it sounds like you got a heck of a deal too!
Need some help here, since I think I have a chance o Buying one like this....
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

The pics posted by the OP spell it out all the way. Ideally, you need to see and be able to handle the guitar to verify that it has these upgrades. Before pulling any access panels or pups, I would see if the tone controls are push/pull or not. If not, the rest of the upgrades won't be there either.
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'10 Epiphone LP Standard Plain Top HB
'12 Epiphone LP Tribute Plus 60's FCB
'12 Epiphone LP Ace Budokan
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

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The pics posted by the OP spell it out all the way. Ideally, you need to see and be able to handle the guitar to verify that it has these upgrades. Before pulling any access panels or pups, I would see if the tone controls are push/pull or not. If not, the rest of the upgrades won't be there either.
Hi thanks for your reply... I told the seller to try if the tone controls were push and pull, he didn't know what it was, but try it anyway, and was surprised to verify that it was ...but Im going to take a trip to verify myself....
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

If it has the push/pull tone controls then it most likely has the other goodies too. Being pre-owned however, you can't be sure that someone along the way has not removed the Gibson 57 Classic pups. I thinking taking a drive to see it first hand is def the best idea. Keep us posted, I hope it works out for you.
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'10 Epiphone LP Standard Plain Top HB
'12 Epiphone LP Tribute Plus 60's FCB
'12 Epiphone LP Ace Budokan
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

Im currently sitting beside mine. Has become my go to guitar and def one of the best ive had. Just tooo sick of a guitar for the price. Well if you got the upgrades.....
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but between this one and a Joe Bonamassa what would be the best?
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Re: 1957 Epiphone Les Paul Standard GT

The JB has a long neck tenon where the 57 GT doesn't. That matters to some and others not so much. The JB has Gibson Burstbuckers 2 & 3 and the GT 57 Classics. I have both and frankly, I'm on the fence as to which pup I like better. The BB's are a brighter sounding pup if you like that characteristic. The JB also comes with a case. The JB does not have 4 conductor leads on it's pups therefore no coil splitting or series/parallel switching. The only other difference I can think of is the finish. The 57 GT has a brighter more sparkly finish than the JB. It could be a tough decision.
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'07 Epiphone LP Elitist Standard + Top FCB
'10 Epiphone LP 57 Gold Top(Upgraded version)
'10 Epiphone LP Standard Plain Top HB
'12 Epiphone LP Tribute Plus 60's FCB
'12 Epiphone LP Ace Budokan
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