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Gibson Les Paul Custom and Standard

1968/1969 Selmer 'Guitars and Accessories' catalog page 69

The Gibson Les Paul had been deleted in early 1961 (actually it had evolved into the Gibson SG, but that's another story), but had only increased in popularity during its absence. And nowhere moreso than in the UK. Guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Paul Kossoff and Peter Green had so successfully demonstrated the good looks, and thick tonal properties of the Les Paul, that Selmer and in turn Gibson simply had to take note. The Les Paul was reissued in 1968, and two models were initially available, the black Les Paul Custom and gold top Les Paul Standard.

Here is the ultimate in a solid body Gibson Electric Spanish Guitar. Players rave about the extremely low smooth frets and playing action, call it the "Fretless Wonder". Features clear, resonant and sparkling tone, with widest range of tone colourings. Finished in solid ebony colour for rich contrast with gold plated metal fittings. Solid Honduras mahogany body with carved top; graceful cut-away design; bound with alternating white and black strips. Mahogany neck with exclusive Gibson Truss Rod neck construction. Bound, ebony finger board, deluxe pearl inlays. Exclusive peghead design with distinctive pearl inlays. Two powerful magnetic type pick-ups. Individually adjustable gold plated polepieces. Humbucking style for increased power, greater sustaining and reduced hum and noises from electrical disturbances. Separate tone and volume control for each pick-up which can be preset. Three-way toggle switch select either front or back pick up, or both simultaneously. Tailpiece can be moved up or down to adjust string tension. Tune-O-Matic bridge permits adjusting string action and individual string lengths for perfect intonation. Gold plated Sealfast individual machine heads with deluxe buttons. Gold-plated metal end pin and strap holder.

Note, the Les Paul Custom is one of the most expensive guitars in this catalog, only beaten by the Barney Kessel guitars shown on page 64. 1968/1969 UK prices for the Gibson Les Paul were as follows:

5545Les Paul Standard245 gns
5436Les Paul Custom339 gns

Demand for these instruments was incredible, but with such a price tag, few budding guitarists could afford the real thing. It was not long before Les Paul-styled copies were very widely available. But Selmer provided some of the very first, with their Hofner Club guitars. Like the Les Paul, these were very well respected guitars that had also been discontinued earlier in the 1960s (1963?), and were now due a comeback. A new version, the Hofner Club 70 appears for the first time on page 44 of this catalog. Although it has some visual similarity to the Les Paul, it really bears little similarity tonally. It's a nice guitar, but if you were after that fat Les Paul sound, you'd be disapointed.

1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog, page 69: Gibson Les Paul Custom and Standard
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1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior 100% Original

1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior 100% Original

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1960 (I think) Les Paul Junior. The guitar is 100% original in every way, although it does have a few miles on it. The guitar has its original electronics, and all parts are original. It has had no breaks, cracks or previous repairs. It has had a recent fret dress and is ready to go. Frets are at 80%. She weighs 7 1 lbs
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Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar Cherry Finish

Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar Cherry Finish

Bristol, Tennessee, 376**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar is in excellent condition. It shows some honest playwear over the years including some light dings and scratches here and there on the body as well as some light weather checking that is most noticeable on the back of the body (See pictures). The pickguard is lifting from the body slightly on the bass side (see picture). The frets show some moderate wear and some light divots in some of the root positions but the guitar chords ... more
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1977 Gibson Les Paul Special limited edition double cutaway Tobacco Sunburst

1977 Gibson Les Paul Special limited edition double cutaway Tobacco Sunburst

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up For sale is this great Limited Edition 1977 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway
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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop 1973

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop 1973

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop 1973
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Signed by Les Paul) Alpine White Vintage Guitar

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Signed by Les Paul) Alpine White Vintage Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom with an Alpine White finish. This is a one-owner guitar, and Les Paul himself hand-etched his signature on the body. The guitar is all original with removed covers from the original patent-stamped T-Top pickups. It is in overall great condition for its age with zero issues. It weighs 11 60 pounds. The neck thickness measures 0 824" at the 1st fret and 1 008" at the 12th fret
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1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Unplayed! Gibson Custom 1976 Mike Ness Les Paul Deluxe Aged Goldtop + COA OHSC

Unplayed! Gibson Custom 1976 Mike Ness Les Paul Deluxe Aged Goldtop + COA OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Unplayed! Gibson Custom 1976 Mike Ness Les Paul Deluxe Aged Goldtop + COA OHSC

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1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom Honeyburst Headstock repair

1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom Honeyburst Headstock repair

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in on Consignment is this beautiful 1975 (old format serial number) Les Paul Custom in one of the nicest Honeyburst finishes we have seen. This ole gal had its headstock broken and repaired a long time ago. It appears that they did a carbon wrap on the break. It is not the prettiest but it is very solid
Quick Details
Weight 10 lbs
Nut width 1 69
Depth at 1st Fret 0 80
Depth at 12th Fret 0 98
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1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty

1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this great 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
Quick Details
Weight 10 2
Nut width 1 69inches
Depth at 1st Fret 0 81 inches
Depth at 12th Fret 1 00 Inches
This 1973 Les Paul Custom is in great shape with no breaks or repairs
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original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double cut Cherry

original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double cut Cherry

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1969-1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe ultra rare made late 1969 completed Jan. 1970.

1969-1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe ultra rare made late 1969 completed Jan. 1970.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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RARE! 1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard Royal Tea Burst w /  Factory Humbuckers! +Case

RARE! 1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard Royal Tea Burst w / Factory Humbuckers! +Case

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red 1977
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1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst

1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971  with original case

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971 with original case

Baltimore, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco Burst

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco Burst

Toms River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco BurstGuitar weighs 9 6 lbsThe frets are flat and lowHas typical wear, you can see a few dings, marks, scratches, etc. On the back of the body there is belt buckle rash, a noticeable one inch scrape near the strap button, and various dings. You can see a couple of 1 / 2 inch mild gouges between the pickups on the top of the body and several dings The neck binding has hairline cracks in the middle of the frets on the side of the binding Has noticeble fret wear... more
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1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard MAX 59 Burst Conversion Vintage Guitar w /

1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard MAX '59 Burst Conversion Vintage Guitar w /

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1952 Les Paul Standard MAX '59 Burst Conversion in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The name Peter "Max" Baranet reigns supreme in many Burst circles, revered for crafting a limited number of the world's finest replicas for players including Slash, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, and dozens of additional truly legendary names responsible for shaping the last four decades of popular music
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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1978 Black W OHSC

Gibson Les Paul Custom 1978 Black W OHSC

Stanford, Kentucky, 404**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom serial# 71218511
The binding is nice and yellow and the guitar is aged exactly as should be expected. (see pics). In other words, I played the heck out of this thing and loved every minute of it. Handle on case is worn a bit, everything on the case other than that is great. Everything is original. You will not be disappointed. Offers considered!
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1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Black Beauty Players Guitar w /  Original Case

1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Black Beauty Players Guitar w / Original Case

Waterbury, Connecticut, 067**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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This Made in the USA 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom in ebony black is a true gem for professional guitar players. With 22 frets and a 6 string configuration, this guitar is perfect for musicians who demand the best out of their instruments. The body is made of high-quality solid body type, ensuring durability for long-term use The guitar is a part of the Gibson Les Paul series and has a classic black color ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.