Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

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About Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

The Gibson Les Paul Gold Top is the original. The Sunburst models may be the most famous but the Gold Top was the first on the block and this elegant finish remains available on a range of models today. When the Gibson Les Paul took its first bow in 1952, it was a gold finished P90 model. The humbucker equipped 1957 re-release also featured this same beautiful gold finish and the colour has now gone on to become synonymous with Gibson history and class.

Today, that famous Gold Top finish is available on a number of Gibson Les Paul models of varying prices. There is the affordable Tribute model, the P90-equipped Classic model and a few top end Custom Shop Standard reissues, some with authentically aged and cracked gold tops!

We carry stock of numerous Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitars throughout our UK-wide guitarguitar stores. Pop into one of the shops for a try of your favourite Gold Top or browse our full collection right here online.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

Question: What is special about a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top?
Aside from the obvious beauty of the gold finish, Gold Tops hold a special place in the hearts of guitar fans because this was the very first finish applied to the very first Les Paul models when they debuted in 1952. It is an iconic colour for the Les Paul.
Question: Do other Gibson guitars ever get the same Gold Top finish?
Occassionally yes, though these are generally limited run guitars, available only in small numbers. We have seen wonderful Gold Top finishes on SGs, ES-335s and Explorers. One fantastic Gibson from the past which always had a Gold Top was the stunning ES-295, a large hollow-body guitar from the fifties made iconic by Scotty Moore, Elvis' guitarist. It is played today by Killing Joke's Geordie Walker, who owns two and refuses to play anything else.
Question: Are Gibson's Goldtop guitars still finished in nitrocellulose?
Yes. All of Gibson's guitars are treated to a lacquer of nitrocellulose, including all Gold Top models.