They might have originated from two very different companies on the opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but the Gibson Les Paul and Marshall
amplifiers were a marriage made in rock heaven right from the start. From the time Jim Marshall put his name on the first fire-breathing JTM45 head in 1962, it was clear that this was the amp the Les Paul had been waiting for, and later that decade—and throughout those to follow—stars like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff, Slash, Zakk Wylde, and countless others would make groundbreaking music ramming their Les Pauls through a range of roaring Marshall amps. To celebrate 50 Years of the most iconic amplifier brand in the history of rock, Gibson Custom and Marshall Amplification are proud to introduce the very Limited Edition 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop. Based on the highly sought-after Gibson Custom Shop 1957 Les Paul Reissue Goldtop, this guitar will be produced in a strictly limited run of 50 pieces worldwide, each one hand-aged by Tom Murphy. The 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop will be available only through an exclusive network of 50 Gibson Custom and Marshall dealers, alongside the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Bluesbreaker (1962LE) amplifier
by Marshall Amplification. From select tonewoods, to PAF-style pickups, to trim details and playing feel, the 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop captures one of the most desirable vintage Les Pauls of all time, and adds commemorative details that make it a must for any true collector and the perfect partner to Marshall's Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Bluesbreaker (1962LE)
Under the surface of this celebration showpiece, the 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop is first and foremost a player's guitar. It begins with the iconic combination of a premium select lightweight one-piece mahogany body and a two-piece carved maple top for the perfect marriage of depth and clarity. The look of an original '50s Goldtop is captured in Gibson Custom's hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish, and the entire guitar is then hand-aged by Tom Murphy to perfectly replicate the gently aged appearance of an original 1957 Les Paul Model guitar. Vintage-correct cream body binding is matched by a commemorative cream plastic pickguard hot-stamped with a "Marshall 50th" badge and a two-ply black-white truss rod cover hot-stamped with Jim Marshall’s signature. The one-piece, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in with a long tenon for enhanced resonance and sustain and carved to a rounded ’50s profile that measures .900" at the first fret and 1.000" at the 12th. One of several period-correct details, the rosewood fingerboard carries 22 vintage reissue frets, tortoise side dots, a nylon 6/6 nut, and is trimmed with .004" cream binding and inlaid with nitrocellulose trapezoids, plus the iconic "Marshall" script logo gracing the 12th fret position. To make the 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop supremely playable, the neck is Plek'd at the factory for optimum action and playing feel.
With the look of a rare original 1957 Les Paul fully assured, Gibson Custom goes all out to give the 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop all the tone and performance of a prized vintage guitar. The BurstBucker 1 in the neck position and BurstBucker 2 in the bridge are made with genuine Alnico II magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire, with slightly mismatched coils, just like the legendary PAF humbuckers of the late '50s, for a characteristic edge and complexity that is unmatched by modern humbucking pickups.
Between them, these pickups yield the throaty warmth and crunchy sting that has made late-'50s Les Pauls legendary. Another subtle feature is the incorporation of Marshall's proprietary input jack that is mounted to a cream Les Paul reissue jackplate. A lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge are plated in nickel, also gently aged, and offer the optimum combination of sustain and adjustability. A set of vintage-style tuners with green keys completes the look. Each 50th Anniversary of Marshall Les Paul Goldtop will be sequentially numbered from 1 to 50, and comes protected in a brown pleather hardshell case with a 'Marshall' silkscreen and red-fur interior. Each guitar includes a leather-bound Gibson and Marshall Certificate of Authenticity, an owner's manual and adjustment literature, and is covered by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.