The holy grail of all pickups since the 50s - the Tim Shaw pickups of the 80s have a great reputation as being as close to an original PAF for a fraction of the cost. These pickups came stock in higher end Gibson guitars since late 1980 -1985.
Up for sale is this killer 1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Equipped with a pair of Tim Shaw PAFs, this guitar combines vintage vibes with a more attainable price point. It also comes just after Norlin’s sale of Gibson, which brought about a return to the higher quality of Gibson’s golden era.
Are the guitar has a very comfortable medium C-shape neck. It’s not quite the girth of a 59 profile, but much closer to it than a slim 60s. So it’s a little “in between” the two. The frets are in good shape as is the binding.
The top and back of the body are very clean with only minor marks on the back from normal use. There is a little bit of flame on the top near the knobs, although it looks to have a three-piece top which is typical of the time. There are a few minor dings and battle scars around the edges. There’s one near the upper strap button. It’s a pretty clean guitar for being over 35 years old!
Comes in the original Gibson “chainsaw“ case, gold strap locks installed and gold non-strap lock buttons. Studio/recording ready, used in a studio by me.
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).
Stunning and rare Gibson Les Paul Artisan from 1977 limited production where only 1500 were made.
Professionally setup, working perfectly, no issues.
Beautiful walnut wood gives an amazing tone which can be further enhanced by an unusual factory installed 3rd pickup giving you a ton of options in the studio and live. This is pretty unique comparing to all other Les Pauls.
See a demo of this guitar plugged directly into 1953 Fender Champ (also for sale).
This amazing guitar is very easy to play, stays in tune and the intonation is perfect. Comes with a hard shell case.
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