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Gibson J-160E Electric Flat-Top Sunburst, 1956

Gibson J-160E Electric Flat-Top Sunburst, 1956

Introduced in 1954 and 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. One of the greatest contributors to the success of this model was a 1962 model’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in the hands of one John Lennon. That was The Beatles first US performance, and made all their gear quite popular.

Vintage
Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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Gibson Goldtop Les Paul Classic Limited Edition with Bigsby, 2017

Gibson Goldtop Les Paul Classic Limited Edition with Bigsby, 2017

This Gibson GoldTop Les Paul Classic Limited Edition is from 2017, with a Bigsby B7 unit added, apparently at the factory using Vibramate adapters, and with locking Grover RotoMatic tuners. Vibramate makes a number of adapters that allow reversible installation of US-made Bigsby products onto a wide range of guitar models, without permanent modifications to the instrument.

Used
Price: $2,200.00 CAD
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Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Reissue, 2020

Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Reissue, 2020

This Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Reissue is in nearly-new condition, complete with all of its original documentation. This example was built during 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, and is in great condition.

Used
Price: $5,000.00 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Introduced during 1973 and built until 1979 – the Norlin era – the Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, is a rarity, and as a guitar has never been re-issued in any form. We have seen in-person one other example, during the 1980s, in The Twelfth Fret repair shop. Approximately 1,400 Gold Top models were built, and under 100 in Sunburst. It was also available as a bass. This model uses the construction of an ES-335, but its asymmetrical body has approximately the top half of a 335 and the bottom half of a Les Paul.

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Price: $6,000.00 CAD
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Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry Burst 2007

Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry Burst 2007

The Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard is a faithful re-creation of the early, legendary Burst models that featured the then-newly invented humbucking pickups. Introduced in late 1957, these new ‘Standard’ models also replaced the original metallic gold top finish with a sunburst. The Les Paul Custom also carried the new hardware, but kept its black finish and gold hardware.

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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Heritage H-575 Antique Natural, 1994

Heritage H-575 Antique Natural, 1994

The Heritage H-575, built at the historic Parsons Street plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan takes visual cues from the classic Gibson ES-175, but there are major differences in construction and materials. When Gibson introduced the ‘ES’ or ‘Electric Spanish’ designation, archtops were the most commonly used models on bandstands because of their superior volume and projection.

Used
Price: $3,499.99 CAD
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