Les Paul Special - 1960 Reissue Single Cut

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Hi All,
I'm mystified about the 1960 Custom Shop LP Special, Single Cut....I thought that the single cuts were phased from production in early/mid 1958, with the switch to double cuts. If no single cuts were made during 1960, why would there be a 1960 reissue? Wouldn't it be a 1957 or early 1958 reissue? Or is there a marketing reason? Thanks.
 

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They call it a '60 but it really is a '58 replica with a thinner neck. I have one, it's bad ass.
 

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Thanks! I thought I had read somewhere once that Gibson had originally produced it as a 58 model, but then for some reason went to the 60 designation.
 

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Never made sense to me either. Fairly recently, Sweetwater released a single cut as a '57 Reissue, but it was cherry. :confused:
 

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$$$$ + demand ,,, any questions ????
 

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Bizarre nomenclature from Gibson Custom on that model.
 

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I'm pretty sure there are a few early '59 single cut juniors though
 

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They call it a '60 but it really is a '58 replica with a thinner neck. I have one, it's bad ass.

Bad ass is right! I traded my '60 Special for a '57 TV Junior... A move I don't regret (the Junior is SUPER Bad Ass), but now I'm gassing for another '60 Special. Sheesh, it never ends... :laugh2:
 

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Thanks for all the responses. I am looking to sell my 57 VOS TV model, and keep the 60 DC Special. But I see that Chicago Music Exchange has a couple of these 60 SC Specials, but I know they weren't made past July 1958 according to Gibson. So I assume that there were no single cut Specials during the back half of 1958, all of 1959, and all of 1960.

There is a definite different feel between the TV and Special. The Special feels lighter and a different weight distribution, plus the thinner neck. The 57 TV feels more like a traditional LP minus the maple cap.

I may be gassing for a single cut Standard with one humbucker in 2017. I know those are pretty hard to find, but a lemon burst with those specs would be cool. :D
 

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My VOS Specials, the SC and the DC are both TV (white and yellow). The SC's have the chunky 50's neck and the DC's have the 60's neck. Calling them both 60's VOS makes no sense. But they are great guitars. My 2009 DC rivals my R4 in tone, they are almost identical to my ear.



This is my 2011 VOS SC in TV white.

 

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All the single cut 60 reissue's I've ever had, had fairly substantial necks to them. Hell, all of the SC historic Specials and Juniors I've owned had fat necks. Great guitars..
 

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Great looking guitars! Your 09 DC is the same year as mine. Siblings off the same line!
 

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I have one.
It's truly one of the best guitars I've ever owned.
 

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