Gibson 1955 Les Paul Goldtop Wraptail
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Gibson 1955 Les Paul Goldtop Wraptail

1955 Les Paul Goldtop Wraptail, Chitarra Corpo tipo Les Paul from Gibson in the 1955 Les Paul Custom Exclusives series.

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Hatsubai 22/07/2011

Gibson 1955 Les Paul Goldtop Wraptail : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Awesome P90 tone"
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The 1955 Les Paul gold top models are pretty special because they have that older bridge, but it's not the same one as on the 1954. In fact, I really like this one as it kinda reminds me of some of the PRS bridges. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two P90s, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

Gibson did an awesome job with the way they put this thing together. The guitar has no nut issues at all, and those always get me. I've found tons of Gibsons, even custom shop ones, that had nut problems. This one was perfect. The frets were also great, and there were no sharp edges. The binding nubs looked perfect up and down the fretboard, too. Sometimes the lower end models can even have humps on the fretboard, but this seemed to be perfect with no dead spots at all. The finish also had no runs. The only issue was that the neck joint is a pain, just like in every Les Paul.

SOUNDS

The P90s in this thing are totally rocking. The first thing I did was test the clean tones through a nice Fender amp. They were chimey, but they never once got brittle. That's what I love about these P90s pickups. They're super fat but still have that great vintage vibe. I then checked them through a Marshall, and the thing totally roared. It was classic rock for days. I find that these pickups can be a bit underpowered with lower gain amps, and even sometimes higher gain amps if you're doing a certain style. However, I have a feeling most people who buy these aren't going to be playing death metal.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar played great, sounded great and really hit the ball out of the park in the looks department. If you can afford one of these things, I highly recommend buying one. They're great guitars for that classic rock and blues tone.