Posted on by Walter Bryant

'53 Goldtop (1 of 15)

It’s a good day to work at The Music Zoo when word spreads that an original Goldtop its on its way to the store. Here we have a 1953 Gibson Les Paul Standard with a Goldtop finish. The ’53 Goldtop saw the Les Paul go from the original trapeze tailpiece to the simple-yet-effective wraparound tailpiece paired with two soapbar P-90 pickups. This guitar has its share of cosmetic wear that add to the allure of a vintage Les Paul.

This is an amazing playing and sounding Les Paul that had all of us grinning like kids in a toy store. The neck feels slim at the nut and just fits right in your hand as it gets a bit chunkier when you play up the board. The intonation of the guitar is spot on with all chords and notes ringing out in tune, and the P-90s on this guitar still have a crystal clear growl that give back just as much as you put into them. Scroll below to get a closer look at this gem! Also, this guitar is available now, so click the link below to get pricing, full specs, and a detailed description of the instrument before you buy!

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'53 Goldtop (15 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (14 of 15)

The ’53 sitting inside it’s period-correct Lifton Les Paul case.


'53 Goldtop (2 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (3 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (5 of 15)

Checking and other imperfections give this guitar priceless character.


'53 Goldtop (4 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (7 of 15)

a faded “Les Paul” logo represents its age


'53 Goldtop (8 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (9 of 15)

'53 Goldtop (11 of 15)


Photography by Walter Bryant