Gibson Guitar Buyer: 1958 Gibson Les Paul TV Model
Posted on November 24 2020
I'm always a Gibson guitar buyer, but anything that says "Les Paul" on the headstock makes me weak in the knees! I was recently contacted by the son of the long time owner, if not original owner, of this 1958 Gibson Les Paul TV Model guitar. He and his siblings inherited the guitar after their father passed in 2016. His father was a multi-instrumentalist, but it's clear from the wear that he preferred his Les Paul. I offered to arrange the packing, shipping, and insurance for him, but he was wary of shipping the guitar. I figured it was time for a road trip! I wasn't going to let an 11 hour round trip get in the way of me and a vintage Gibson Les Paul TV.
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Gibson's Les Paul TV Model was officially introduced in the 1955 catalog as what looked like an option underneath the Les Paul Special section. It was listed as "Les Paul TV Model, Limed Oak - 1 pickup". It bridged the gap between the student level Les Paul Junior with its single bridge pickup and the semi-professional Les Paul Special with dual pickup, neck binding, and pearl inlay. While it was listed underneath the Special, it's more closely associated with the Junior in my opinion, since it doesn't have the neck binding or the pearl Gibson peghead inlay.
Here are a couple of other Gibson Les Paul guitars from 1957 for reference: