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Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow, 1958

Gibson Les Paul Special TV Yellow, 1958

The Gibson Les Paul Special TV model appeared in 1955, with the ‘TV’ referring to a special ‘limed’ finish intended to make the guitar more visible on black and white televisions and films. This finish had become available in 1954 on the Les Paul TV, a single-pickup Les Paul Junior. Both models used a slab Mahogany body with no Maple cap, and a Mahogany neck, with a bound Rosewood fingerboard, which into the mid 1960’s meant Brazilian Rosewood.

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Price: $28,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson J-50 ADJ Slope Shoulder Natural, 1968

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson J-50 ADJ Slope Shoulder Natural, 1968

The Gibson J-50 ADJ Slope Shoulder Dreadnought models were produced in tandem with the better known J-45, with the difference being the J-50’s natural vs the J-45’s sunburst top. This sometimes meant that the J-50’s used visually higher grades of Spruce, but the two guitars are otherwise identical.

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Price: $3,999.99 CAD $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone FT45N Cortez Natural, 1964

⚌Reduced‼ Epiphone FT45N Cortez Natural, 1964

Built at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant, the natural-finish Epiphone FT45N Cortez was produced from 1962 to 1969, but it first appeared with a sunburst in 1958. The Epiphone FT45N Cortez was very similar to some Gibson models, particularly the LG-2 (sunburst top) and LG-3 (natural top), which in 1962 became the sunburst B25, and in 1963 the natural B25N. They were built in the same plant and likely on identical forms.

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Price: $1,850.00 CAD $2,100.00 CAD
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Gibson ES-175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1955

Gibson ES-175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1955

The Gibson ES-175D was formally introduced in 1953 as the Double P-90 pickup version of the single-pickup ES-175. Informally, a few were shipped in 1951 and 1952 but without the ‘D’ designation. This guitar came onto the scene in 1949 as a single pickup archtop with a sharp Florentine cutaway, Maple laminate body construction, Mahogany neck and Rosewood bridge and bound fingerboard.

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Price: $8,999.99 CAD
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Gibson J-160E Electric FlatTop Sunburst, 1956

Gibson J-160E Electric FlatTop Sunburst, 1956

Introduced in 1954, the Gibson J-160E flat top electric turned out to be one of the more successful of Gibson’s slope-shouldered dreadnoughts. Intended as a companion to the then-new Les Paul solidbody, the Gibson J-160E was one of the first mass production electrified steel string guitars. This model was discontinued in 1979, and is occasionally re-issued.

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Price: $5,999.99 CAD
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Gibson SG Custom Walnut, 1971

Gibson SG Custom Walnut, 1971

The Gibson SG Custom began its career as a radically re-worked version of the Les Paul Custom, along with the SG Standard. Gibson was faced with poor sales of the original single-cut Les Paul model, and in 1960 began to introduce a much lighter double-cutaway version that allowed unrestricted access to all of the neck.

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Price: $7,250.00 CAD
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