April 23, 2019Rickenbacker 4003SW Bass (Wallnut)
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SOLD - This super clean, 50 year old guitar, is a great example of the 1st reissue of the 1956 style Les Paul Standard that Gibson re-introduced in 1968. This is an all original, one owner guitar. The original owner bought it in 1968 and never really played it much, and kept it in a closet for 50 years! It’s in excellent condition with very little wear. Plays, sounds and looks amazing! It has the original Gibson rectangular hardshell case which is in mint condition, they don't come cleaner than this!
In late 1960, Gibson replaced the Les Paul body shape with the SG design. The Les Paul design was first re-introduced briefly in 1968 as essentially a reissue of the 1955 Les Paul, with a pair of P-90 pickups and a tune-o-matich bridge. This reissue model was only made in 1968 and 1969, and there quite a bit of variation within those produced. By 1969, Gibson started using the 'pancake' style multi-ply body, though there are some '69 examples with the more sought-after two-piece body as well. Also in 1969, Gibson started building necks with a volute at the headstock.
This 1968 Les Paul has a Honduran Mahogany body and neck (as stated in the flyer released in 1968) with a maple top, goldtop finish, tuneamatic bridge, small narrow width 1950's style headstock, P-90 pickups. The neck is nearly identical to mid-50's Les Paul with a great feel! Note the binding in the cutaway gets wider than it's 1950's counterpart, completely covering the maple top (unlike the 1950s binding which shows a slice of the maple top in the cutaway below the binding). Also the serial number is stamped into the wood at the back of the peghead, all metal parts are chrome (not nickel), and the gold knobs have metal inserts in the tops with "volume" and "tone" printed on them.