#1
Hey, everyone. I have a question for any Gibson historians here.

Where can I find a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top without the pickguard? I’m looking for something along the lines of this:



I heard that these types of Gold Tops were manufactured back in the ‘70s. I don’t know too much about the history of the Les Paul to judge.

Are there any reissues of these kinds of Gold Tops? Do these models still exist?

Can anyone help me? Thanks, guys!
#2
Well are you speaking on the line's of the whole model or just the looks?
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#3
Just buy a Goldtop and take the pickguard off.
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#4
There are still goldtops but they have the pickguard. your best bet is to buy one and remove the guard
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#6
Won't there be a hole where the pickguard screw goes in? And filling it and painting it will never look perfect will it?
#8
There's a screw hole in the guitar in your picture, TS. Right above the Neck pickup, near the carveout.
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That's clearly a mark on the guitar, the screw hole would be under the neck pickup.



The screwholes for the pickguard are right above the right side of the neck pickup and on the right side near the curve of the body.
#11
I'm almost positive that there are no Goldtop Les Pauls that come without a pickguard.

The only one that doesn't is the Gibson USA Slash Les Paul Goldtop that's coming out. I realized that most of the Les Pauls that Slash uses don't have a pickguard.
#12
thats 100% a pickguard hole......my LP has that screw in the same spot.
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Well are you speaking on the line's of the whole model or just the looks?


Both
#14
So let me get this straight...

ALL Gibson Les Paul Goldtops have a pickguards?

And the one in the picture just has its 'guard removed?

Are you guys sure about that?
#15
Yea look at the hole
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Are you guys sure about that?

Yes, in fact I'm pretty sure most Les Pauls come with a pick guard. Removing a pick guard just leaves a couple of small holes, and I just filled those holes with the screws that held the pick guard in place originally. And the holes in my LP are in the same position as the one in the original post, and I'd imagine that's the way its going to be 99.9% of the time.
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So let me get this straight...

ALL Gibson Les Paul Goldtops have a pickguards?

And the one in the picture just has its 'guard removed?

Are you guys sure about that?


Yes that is 100% true. I own a Les Paul with the pickguard removed. Took me a year to spot the hole and that hole is in that EXACT spot.

See the tiny hole next to the neck? That's the hole you will leave when you take it off. Noone will notice it...
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#18
Yeah, don't worry about the two holes. They're barely noticable. The hole above the neck mounted ring (or whatever is called) and right of the neck is one of the two holes, as people have said above.

The other is on the right side of the guitar, it's in the binding, but that hole is smaller and that one isn't even noticable. I'm looking at my own Les Paul by the way.

So don't even worry. I don't even think you noticed that hole there, haha.
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Quote by Jericho-79
Hey, everyone. I have a question for any Gibson historians here.

Where can I find a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top without the pickguard? I’m looking for something along the lines of this:



I heard that these types of Gold Tops were manufactured back in the ‘70s. I don’t know too much about the history of the Les Paul to judge.

Are there any reissues of these kinds of Gold Tops? Do these models still exist?

Can anyone help me? Thanks, guys!



If you look closely, you will see that the guitar has had it's pickguard removed. There is a small hole by the pickup ring. You can do the same with any Les Paul with a pickguard.
#23
Does anyone know when Gibson started manufacturing those Les Paul Goldtops with the ABR-1 and a stop-tailpiece (the ones you see today)? Is it true that these incarnations started in 1957?

Does anyone know?
#24
Quote by Jericho-79
I just noticed something...

The guitar in the picture has something missing- a tailpiece below the ABR-1 bridge.

Don't ALL Gibson Les Paul Goldtops have an ABR-1 bridge with a soapbar tailpiece?

Just look at this: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Custom-Shop-57-Les-Paul-Goldtop-Reissue-Electric-Guitar?sku=517468

Why is the Goldtop in the pic so different?


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THe first year Les Pauls (1953) were gold and had a trapese bridge. They had 2 p-90s that were super low gain. The morons will tell you P-90s are high gain, but different years had different output. These 53 Les Pauls are not really all that playable which is why many of them have had the bridges modded. I had one with the trap and it sucked. I sold it for 15,000.00 and never missed it. I played one with a modded TOM but the neck angle is wrong and getting everything else fixed is a hassle.

The 54 model had a wrap around like on a Les Paul Jr. They still had P-90s these are cool guitars and are great sounding.

The 57 model had Humbuckers and a TOM. These are very very good.

There is no such thing as a soapbar tailpiece. There are soapbar pickups and stop bar tailpieces.
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The 57 model had Humbuckers and a TOM. These are very very good.
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What is a TOM?