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‘52 Les Paul Up in Ontario.
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I was offered a 1953 Goldtop back in the 1990s for not a lot of money relatively speaking, still more than I could afford at the time. A prior owner had had the tailpiece shortened and an ABR bridge installed.

Someone else got the guitar, on the condition that if it were ever to be sold I was to get first option on it. When I saw the guy a few years later and asked after it, he said "oh, I sold that ages ago!" :mad:

All is well though, about 8 years ago I was able to get a very nice LP alternative that's kept me happy since.
 

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I can't tell if the neck is bound or not. If not it's one of the very earliest '52's. Probably it's bound. The tuners don't look right to me. They should be no-line, single ring. I think I see single-line. The pictures suck though, so maybe I'm wrong. Still, it's a $20K - $30K USD. The seller certainly took enough photos of the case.
 

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The neck is bound and the tuners are no line, single ring.
 

Uncle Vinnie

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That is one fine instrument.

BTW @Dogbreath, love your avatar. Wifey and I used to have a black and tan.
 

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‘52 Les Paul Up in Ontario. View attachment 475965View attachment 475966View attachment 475967
Awesome! :dude:
 

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I was offered a 1953 Goldtop back in the 1990s for not a lot of money relatively speaking, still more than I could afford at the time. A prior owner had had the tailpiece shortened and an ABR bridge installed.

Someone else got the guitar, on the condition that if it were ever to be sold I was to get first option on it. When I saw the guy a few years later and asked after it, he said "oh, I sold that ages ago!" :mad:

All is well though, about 8 years ago I was able to get a very nice LP alternative that's kept me happy since.
Good for you!
 

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I can't tell if the neck is bound or not. If not it's one of the very earliest '52's.
Indeed. Fun story (or not): I quit watching Antiques Roadshow after I saw one of their "experts" tell a woman that her Les Paul was obviously a '53, because none of the '52 had bound 'boards, and all the '54s had humbuckers - and it was worth more because she still had the Fender Princeton Reverb it was originally sold as a set with..........
 

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Indeed. Fun story (or not): I quit watching Antiques Roadshow after I saw one of their "experts" tell a woman that her Les Paul was obviously a '53, because none of the '52 had bound 'boards, and all the '54s had humbuckers - and it was worth more because she still had the Fender Princeton Reverb it was originally sold as a set with..........
Not all of their experts lurk MyLesPaul.com. The show does get some cool stuff tho ...

By the way, last night on the Johnny Cash reruns they had the segment with Derek and the Dominoes followed by Johnny, the Dominoes, Clapton and Carl Perkins doing Matchbox. So epic. I recorded it.
 

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I like an unbound Les Pail neck has a better feel in my hand. A 52 with humbuckers CSS and a stop tail piece leaves me in guit heaven
 


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