As history buffs and collectors know – sales of the original Gibson Les Paul Model did not go as well as Gibson had hoped. In 1952 Gibson shipped 1,716 gold tops, in 1953 2,245, in 1954 1,504, in 1955 only 862, in 1956 920, in 1957 598. Then came the sunbursts – in 1958 they shipped 434, in 1959 they completed 634 and in 1960 they made 635. That was it for Gibson admin – they may have said “you must be kidding” or whatever the popular expression was at the time. “Let’s drop the single cutaway Les Paul completely and surprise the world with an entirely different model, lighter in weight and with a sharp double cutaway. They continued to call it “Les Paul” but gradually it took on the name “SG.” By 1968 Gibson decided that players were ready for the single cutaway Les Paul again (thanks to artists like Jimi Page, Peter Green). The 1968 Gold Top Standard shipped 1,224 pieces and the 1969 (of which this is one) shipped a comfortable 2,751. The Les Paul Model was alive! Even though so many were shipped those forty years ago, many have been lost and, nowadays, they just don’t turn up very often. Players love them, and collectors hold them dear to their hearts (some collectors have more than one heart).
In my collection is this early 1969 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop. It is in very good condition. This is a very early 69 with all pot dates of 52th week of 1968. It has no volute neck and no Made In USA stamp. These guitars are nearly identical to the Les Paul Goldtop model made from 1955-1957. The differences being full depth binding in the cutaway, double ring Kluson tuners, 14 degree instead of 17 degree peghead angle and Indian rosewood fingerboard. Weighs in at 10.2 pounds. Carved maple top on mahogany body. All original hardware and electronics. Perfect amount of wear and patina to the gold top. No artificial aging to look like relic. It's the real thing. Finish is all original as are the low frets. Lively and resonant off the body.