In 2015, it is now 63 years since Gibson launched the Les Paul Standard. Despite the appeal of the fabled sunburst Les Pauls Standards of 1958-60 or the more ornate Customs such as the “Black Beauty” three-pickup model, there remains much allure in the original Standard – the Goldtop. It was, and remains, an electric guitar with stunning looks. It has gone through various incarnations, but for some players only a Goldtop will do. The first Les Paul Goldtop with P90 pick-ups was first produced in 1952. Production of this much loved Les Paul with its warm P90s continued till around 1957 when humbucker pickups were installed in place of P90s. This change in the pickups also came with a change in the finish from Goldtop to Sunburst between 1957 and 1960, giving rise to the famous Les Paul Sunburst which we all have come to love. Production of the Les Paul Goldtop with P90 pick-ups was stopped around 1957 and only resumed in 1968, after a lapse of 10 years. 1968 was therefore a milestone year for the Les Paul Goldtop. What I have in my collection is a 1968 Les Paul Goldtop. It is a much sought after guitar. It is 100 percent original and in very good condition.
Goldtops have been in the hands of many legendary guitarists over the decades. They include Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin, Duane Allman (a 1957 with humbuckers), Mike Bloomfield, Tom Scholz, Gary Moore (a 1957 with humbuckers), Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and many others.