To celebrate the 50th birthday of their watershed ’57 LP Goldtop, Gibson recently announced the release of this extremely Limited Edition Custom Shop model––the aptly title 50th Anniversary Les Paul Goldtop.
The guitar, which pushes the boundaries of taste with its engraved & gold-plated 50th Anniversary headstock veneer, not to mention full-body antique gold finish (top, back, neck and headstock,) is being produced in a limited run of just 157 instruments, and is retailing for a paltry $7,500.00––pocket change, right?
Built to true ’57 specs, the 50th Anniversary Les Paul Goldtop features period-accurate electronics––including CTS pots and bumblebee capacitors––a pair of Gibson’s BurstBucker PAF reissue pickups, carved maple top, mahogany back, one-piece mahogany neck w/1957 reissue profile, reissue trapezoid inlays, and multi-ply black & white top binding.
The guitar will also sport a gold-plated pickguard, gold-plated truss rod cover, and of course all gold hardware, including gold Grover tuning machines, an original gold ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge, and a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece––in gold!
All of which begs the question… do people really buy these things?