Gibson Les Paul Special 1960 Cherry Red


I'm thrilled to offer this killer 1960 Gibson Les Paul Special with no neck breaks or repairs! The catalog name of this guitar is technically "SG Special" since the Les Paul designation and signature was dropped from the Special and TV Model in November of 1959, but I've listed it here as Les Paul so it could be found easier. The double cutaway Specials often have neck joint issues but this one has never cracked or broken and is as solid as they come. It's a killer player and the pickups are out of phase from each other! I believe it came from the factory this way, but it could easily be put in phase if you prefer with no solder required. 

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Make and Model: Gibson SG Special Cherry Red

Year: Early 1960 with transitional neck profile. Serial number "0_15xx", high neck pickup position, bumble bee capacitors.

Measurements: 7 lbs 3 oz total weight. The neck profile measures 0.82" at the first fret and 0.90" at the 12th fret. 

Originality: All parts are original to the guitar and no neck breaks or repairs. 

Condition: Very good! There is light fading of the Cherry Red finish throughout. The treble side neck binding has been glued back. There is a chunk of wood missing from the top treble side edge of the headstock. 

Playability: Excellent! The neck is straight and the truss rod works as intended. There is fret wear but I didn't find it to be enough to affect its playability. The electronics have been clean and operate as intended. I added a shim to the bridge pickup to raise its height to balance the output with the neck pickup.

Case: The original Gibson supplied faux alligator chipboard case is included. 

Notes: I met the granddaughter of this guitar's original owner on my way to West Virginia to snag a 1957 Fender Telecaster. She wasn't a guitar player, but had fond memories of hearing her granddad playing this Gibson. It must have been difficult for her to let go of, but she wanted it to be played and make great music again. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the cleaning, set up, and restring, and was thrilled to play it for the first time through an amp and hear the out of phase middle position. It was a fun surprise! I had a blast dialing in the right amount of phase cancellation with the volume knobs but could very easily flip the magnet to put it back in phase if you prefer. No soldering would be required. I'm confident you'll love this one.

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