1958 Gibson Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Catalog

Uncle Vinnie

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Thanks!

So going off an inflation calculator the Les Paul @ $247 in '58 should be $2100 in '18.
Those are list prices. Real in-store prices would probably be 25%-30% less.
 

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”This was printed before the introduction of the Les Paul Standard.

EDIT: The description for the Goldtop with P90's (p16) specifically mentions humbucking pickups.”
I think humbuckers were introduced in mid ‘57 so would be reflected in this catalog dated March 1958 as the Les Paul Standard was no longer featured with P-90’s for the previous 8 months. Clearly, the Gold Top in the catalog should have humbuckers and as you note, they’re specifically mentioned in the description. Looks like the picture is either a ‘56 or pre-humbucker ‘57 likely included in error. Not sure when Gibson started referring to the Gold Top as the Les Paul Standard.
 
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That is super cool! Thanks for taking the time to share!
 

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Thank you for sharing. Man, what I wouldn't give for 1958 prices again.
 

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Very interesting!! "ivoroid binding", is that what it's still called today? Do they still use the same binding material?
 

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Thanks for sharing this...I was 5 1/2 years old and couldn't afford a guitar....
 

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Those prices in 2019 dollars:

Custom: $3,260
GT: $2,150
Special: $1,560

And remember, those were built to the specs that Historics are today.
 

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In 1958 if you purchased each item in the catalog, every model in each available finish.
You would have spent approximately $22500.00 . A staggering sum then.
House was about $2500 ????
For that sum you'd have received 43 guitars, 11 harp/ lap steel guitars , and 17 amps.
i wonder how much you'd have to spend today to purchase a mint example of each item today
 

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Found page 20 from a listing on ebay for $350. [original].
Ones also listed for $30. [reproduced].
Page 20.jpg
 

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Found this Gibson catalog dated March 1958 in my Grandpa's collection of old guitar chord books.
He ended up buying a 1959 DC Special in Limed Mahogany...as seen in my avatar.

This was printed before the introduction of the Les Paul Standard.

EDIT: The description for the Goldtop with P90's (p16) specifically mentions humbucking pickups.

Pages 19-20 were missing.





































































Wow, thanks for sharing this gem of Gibson history.
 

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Those are list prices. Real in-store prices would probably be 25%-30% less.

They probably wouldn't. Back before the Supreme Court's Parker Pen decision (1963), manufacturers could and did set no-discount, no-haggle prices that dealers had to abide by. It was written into the dealership agreement.
 

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If that's so, then I stand corrected. Back in the early-to-late 1950s my dad had three music stores in Detroit, and there was list price and then there was out-the-door price. The reps would walk in the door, ask how many and what color, and they were sold on consignment.

When I bought my Custom new in '79 the shop gave me quite the discount, about 30%.
 


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