The 1959 Gibson Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Catalog

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  1. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    A good friend passed me this reproduction. I was enjoying looking through it so much, I wanted to share it with the forum. 'Tis mere payback for all the great advice and camaraderie I get out of you folks.:thumb:

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  2. northernguitarguy

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  3. MineGoesTo11

    MineGoesTo11 Senior Member

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    Neato.
     
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  4. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    See the price of the Les Paul? What would that be worth nowadays?:hmm:
     
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    SKATTERBRANE Banned

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    Judging by the Les Pauls, it looks like an early 1957 catalog.
     
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  6. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Nope, see page 2
     
  7. MineGoesTo11

    MineGoesTo11 Senior Member

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    Well if it is indeed a '57 catalog, and an LP was $375, it's just over $3000.00 adjusted for inflation, so they've always been expensive.
     
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    L5 and/or Byrdland for $600??? Where's my time machine LOL
     
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  9. Eric Smith

    Eric Smith Senior Member

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    Where are the burst finishes? I think this is why Skatterbrane is questioning the year.
     
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  10. MineGoesTo11

    MineGoesTo11 Senior Member

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    Yeah the custom and gold top are 57s aren't they?

    It's still neato either way.

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  11. northernguitarguy

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    Well, I cant argue that it's a 57 catalog other than the printer's note on pg.2. Thanks for helping to clear it up. If there is consensus, I'll change the title.

    Other than that, it's damn neat!!
     
  12. SKATTERBRANE

    SKATTERBRANE Banned

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    That is not part of the original catalog. I would say the reprinters were wrong. It was a reprinter's typo. It is not as if it reads "copyright 1959 Gibson"
     
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  13. brokentoeswalker

    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    Very cool !! Loved the "double mandolin" but was sad to see there was no Les Paul Double-cutaway Jrs.
     
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  14. northernguitarguy

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    Check out 'The Fretless Wonder' on pg 15. I heard they were difficult to play and didn't last, any confirmation on that?
     
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    Yeah, I was just thinking that. The thread title is fixed, unless we get a challenge.....thanks Skatter:thumb:
     
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    The Fretless wonder was made from 1954-1961. And those style frets were used on varios modlels well into the 1980s, they are my favorite style frets! One of my Standard 82s had action so low and frets so low, you could barely see light between the frets and strings. You had to measure the action in microns!
     
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  17. LtDave32

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    seven-hundred bucks for the Super. That's a lot of wampum in 1959.

    Notice how the natural finish models are a few bucks more than the sunbursts. Gotta be because a better grade of wood was used.
     
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  18. whiskeyzulu

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    Very cool - thx for posting.

    $120 for a Jr & 132 for a TV special!!!
     
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  19. tazzboy

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    Pretty neat.

    Be cool if some can find a 1959 or 1960 Gibson Catalog.
     
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  20. northernguitarguy

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    I've got another one as well, but it had no prices in it. If I get some time I'll scan it and post:thumb:
     
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