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The First Year - Les Paul related stuff

The year when the Les Paul guitar was introduced. Post away with every kind of Les Paul 1952 related stuff
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(Song from 1952)

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Early 1952 Les Paul with unbound neck

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1952 Les Paul

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1952 Les Paul -'All gold' version

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Les Paul & Mary Ford 1952

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I payed slightly more than $240 for my '52
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I payed slightly more than $240 for my '52
I have a hunch what you mean with 'slightly'

Throw some pics/soundclip/story in here, whatever you have of that beast
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Duster Bennett with 1952 LP

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I had the honor of playing a refin' all gold '52. Sounded sweet. Oddly enough the neck profile was identical to my 76 custom. Unfortunately I couldn't talk him down from his $12,000 dollar asking price. Who am I kidding, I couldn't have got it if he was asking $1200.
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Gibson launched their first solidbody Les Paul in 1952 priced at $210. Available in a gold finish top with natural finish back and sides, this model was better known as a Goldtop with all-gold versions also available. Dealers began to receive the new Les Paul Model by June of 1952.


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Multiple piece carved maple top (not "center seamed", two or three pieces), single cutaway, mahogany back and neck, single ply cream binding on the neck and top (binding is consistent in width and depth along the body's top, even in the cutaway area), two soapbar P-90 pickups with cream covers. Trapeze tailpiece/bridge combo with the string looping under the bar bridge. The string contact point ("the bar" of the trapeze) is NOT screwed or stud mounted to the top of the guitar. In fact it "floats" on its round feet (adjustable for height), with no holes in the top to keep it in place.

Very early models had no neck binding and the two pickup mounting screws were positioned diagonially on the pickup's corners (instead of being mounted in a line with the string pole screws). Single bound top and fingerboard, cream color plastic parts, dark brown back plastic covers, tall 5/8" gold barrel-shaped knobs, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, pearl "Gibson" logo positioned 3/4" from the tip of the peghead. The logo on non-neck binding models (early 1952) often has the "G" touching the dot in the "i" (this is rarely seen on bound neck 1952 models.) "Les Paul Model" silkscreened on peghead in gold, no serial number, "Gibson" logo in pearl is noticably lower in position than 1958 and later Les Pauls, nickel plated parts, Goldtop finish, brown back and neck finish (some with gold back/sides). Single-ring keystone Kluson tuners with no "Kluson" name on the gear cover (very early models with vertical "Kluson" and "pat.pend" on the gear cover and no second post hole). Tuner bushings are round (except on very early non-neck binding models where they are hex). Also 1952 models did not have a "rhythm/treble" toggle switch plate. The standard case for this model was a brown hardshell case with a pink lining. The top of the case was flat and had four latches.
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I had the honor of playing a refin' all gold '52. Sounded sweet. Oddly enough the neck profile was identical to my 76 custom. Unfortunately I couldn't talk him down from his $12,000 dollar asking price. Who am I kidding, I couldn't have got it if he was asking $1200.
Sounds like a cool guitar!

I played a friend's '52 GT a couple of times in the mid seventies, iirc he had bought it for what equaled (here in Denmark) around $2500 at that time. GREAT sound from those P90s
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Sorry for the crappy photo - but I love how my Class 5 grill complements the goldtop!

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a pretty beat up one for sale at Cowtown guitars in Las Vegas
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Sorry for the crappy photo - but I love how my Class 5 grill complements the goldtop!

http://idisk.mac.com/ryanconover//Public/52GT/52C5.JPG
That's one cool looking Goldtop! NICE pic with the Marshall
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Thanks!

I'll post some better pics once I get the trapeze sorted out...
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