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Gibson Les Paul LP-295 Goldtop 0108 of 1000, 2008

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Gibson has designed a lot of guitars over the years, and the Limited Edition Guitar of the Month for April 2008, the Les Paul LP-295 combines two distinct designs – the classic Les Paul and the ES-295.

Both the Les Paul and the ES-295 appeared in 1952, with the ES-295 intended as a hollowbody version of the Les Paul; both used the same P-90 pickups and distinctive (and short-lived on the Les Paul) trapeze bridge design. Both gold-top, P-90 versions were discontinued in 1958. Famously, the ES-295 was used by Scotty Moore on early recordings at Sun Studios with a singer named Elvis Presley, who went on to some success.

The Les Paul LP-295 presents the aesthetics of the ES-295 in a solidbody package – pointed florentine cutaway, gold top, bound headstock, split parallelogram position markers and floral-design pickguard. For pickups, it uses ’57 Classic humbuckers.

On this guitar, serial 005680331 and built as number 108 of 1000 examples, dating to February 25 2008 at the Gibson plant in Nashville, the original floral pickguard cracked and was put away in its case, and replaced by a stock creme Les Paul pickguard. Otherwise it is in original and very good condition, with the greatest wear being light to moderate fret wear, primarily in the low positions.

Here’s what Gibson had to say about their Guitar of the Month for April, 2008 – the Les Paul LP-295:

“Gibson USA’s new LP-295 Goldtop combines the Les Paul’s legendary characteristics with avant-garde features that keep it one step ahead of everything else. This new Guitar of the Month for April 2008 sets the classic appointments of Gibson’s renowned ES-295 onto the body and neck of the celebrated Les Paul.

The standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider Florentine cutaway normally found on such legendary Gibson models as the Byrdland, the ES-175, and, of course, the ES-295. The cream-colored pickguard with screened gold flowers is also styled after the ES-295s, as are the split parallelogram inlays, and the chrome Bigsby tailpiece.

Graphite nut and bridge saddles offer better string control when using the Bigsby. The mahogany body is chambered with a maple top and single-ply antique binding, smoothed with Gibson’s classic Goldtop finish. The headstock is also bound in single-ply cream binding, and sports Gibson’s traditional holly symbol.

The neck is the standard Les Paul mahogany neck with a ’50s rounded profile and rosewood fingerboard. In the neck position, Gibson’s ’57 Classic pickup delivers warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. The ’57 Classic Plus is the perfect bridge-position companion to the ’57 Classic, inspired by the design of the original PAFs of the late 1950s and the early 1960s.

The new LP-295, housed in a custom Guitar of the Month case from Gibson USA, is versatile enough for all styles of music and playing, and an admirable addition to Gibson’s current lineup of special edition guitars. Like all of Gibson USA’s Guitars of the Month, production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.”

Price: $2750 CAD
  • Model: Les Paul LP-295
  • Year: 2008
  • Finish Gold Top
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 005680331 \ 0108
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 13/08/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.93lbs 4.06kg
  • Scale Length: 628.6mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.692in
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