1959 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway TV Yellow (VIDEO) Fretted Americana / PhilX
Double cutaway solid body with rounded horns.
This rare '59 double-cut TV Special weighs 8.00 lbs. Solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck with a nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches, a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches, and a wonderful large neck profile.
Bound rosewood fretboard with 22 original jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers and black dot side markers.
Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and "Les Paul / Special" silkscreened in gold. Two layer, black over white plastic truss-rod cover secured by two screws.
Closed-back Kluson Deluxe 'single-line' strip tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Serial number "927566" inked-on in black on back of headstock.
Two hot P-90 pickups with outputs of 8.07k and 8.27k.
Five-layer, black over white plastic pickguard with five screws. Original small rectangular black plastic strip between the neck and the rhythm pickup, secured by two pins. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way pickup selector switch surrounded by a thin black plastic ring engraved with "RHYTHM" and "TREBLE." The potentiometers are stamped "134907" (Centralab February 1959). Two original 'Bumble-Bee capacitors. Professional removable shielding foil reduces hum and noise. Black plastic bell-shaped "Bell" knobs. Combination "wrap-over" bar bridge/tailpiece. This wonderful and rare '59 TV Special has had an expert neck reset (not repair) which only shows under ultra-violet light (see note from Robb arwence below). Minimal playing wear to the first three frets only. There is some fine finish checking on the body, some very minor belt-buckle rash on the back (nothing through the finish). There is an area of wear on the side of the bass horn measuring 1 1/2 x 3/8 inch and a few other small surface marks and 'dings' on the body and the back of the neck. The treble side upper corner of the headstock has a small area of loss (1/4 x 3/8 inch).