1957 Gibson Les Paul model guitar from under the bed NEAR MINT!

eric ernest

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You guys will probably like these photos and story.

Here's a one owner, never left the house, pristine Goldtop that I purchased.....are you ready for this....from within walking distance of my house.

Probably the all time craziest guitar deal I have ever done.

Of note: The orange PAF tag is the single most difficult Les Paul tag to secure....I have only ever seen one other!!!

caution: Large files.

Enjoy!


1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

Check this out...you can see the actual silk-screening in the Les Paul logo!


1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Goldtop" guitar in near mint condition.
 

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Wow time capsule!! That is awesome thanks for posting. Man that board looks dry is it? Love all the case candy!! I've never seen the PAF tag. :wow:
 

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Incredible how perfectly the gold color of the knobs matches the goldtop top...
 

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Exceptional!
Did it have the original bill of sale?
 

eric ernest

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So how'd you end up finding it?
Too bizarre to believe...

My wife works with a lady who was helping an elderly lady move. She saw the guitar in the floor and knew it was a VERY desirable guitar. She immediately texted my wife, who in turn, texted me.

Two days later I got a text with a photo...we asked if we could see it and the lady gave us the address....needless to say....it was within walking distance of our house.

After a few more days we went to see it.

As I opened the case and took the guitar out, directly under the guitar was a newspaper article about my guitar shop from 1994....her father had laminated it in plastic....an entire newspaper PAGE!

The guitar had never left the house, never been anywhere. The elderly lady? She had never worked, never drove, never married, never lived anywhere else.

It's truly an "under the bed" guitar.

Most of the photos I took were "as found." It's one of the few chances to see EXACTLY what a 50's Les Paul looked like as near new as possible.

No bill of sale....we are trying to find in the Gibson ledgers where it was purchased. I would love to know if it was Alan Taylor Music or Johnson's Music Studio, here in Columbia.

There were numerous spine tingling things in this deal....bizarre, really.
 

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What a find!!!

Damn!
 

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It's truly an "under the bed" guitar.

Most of the photos I took were "as found." It's one of the few chances to see EXACTLY what a 50's Les Paul looked like as near new as possible.
With the Flatwounds?
 

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With the Flatwounds?
Looks like it had the flats when found and then Eric treated the dry board and restrung it without the top wrap for his official photos.

Crazy nice! Thanks for posting, Eric!

EDIT: Sorry, was writing my post when EE answered himself.
 

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Ok nice, but for me there is only one question....how do you buy such a guitar....be honest and pay...or rip the old lady off? I do not not expect an answer, just asking myself what I would do....
 

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tough call. You'd want to get a bargain, but not rip her off blind.
 

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Wow, what a time machine. Great photo's. :shock:
 

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Wonder why there are no fret Nibs? Would love to see the inside of the control cavity, And a brand new case. Looks like it must be a later 57 with the logo being in the later position upper head stock. Did you look to see if the pickups are stickered or not?
 


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