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Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.

Legend has it that the famous "TV Yellow" color of the Les Paul™ Special was named for its vivid appearance on black & white televisions in the 1950s. That's debatable. What's not up for debate is the indelible imprint this model had on music history since its inception. The classy looks and thick, meaty tones of the Les Paul Special have been preferred by players of all genres. And this 1957 Les Paul Special Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop revives every single feature in spectacular detail for the ultimate vintage ownership experience -- from the solid mahogany construction to the roaring P-90s. It also features Ultra Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of light play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.
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Gibson P-90 Front

P-90 Single Coil Pickup

Legendary Tone

First introduced in the early 1950s, Gibson's legendary P90 single coil pickup produced a raw powerful tone that helped define the blues and rock and roll in their formative years. Today, the P90's traditional combination of high output and brilliant tone is still considered a favorite among many top musicians. Known by such familiar nicknames as the "Soapbar" and the "Cobalt," the P90 still cuts through any type of music, all while displaying amazing tonal sensitivity for everything from blues and rock to mellow jazz riffs. It's perfect as a vintage replacement, and features vintage, braided two-conductor wiring. It's also fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of unwanted microphonic feedback.

1957 Les Paul Special Single Cut TV Yellow Ultra Light Aged Specifications

Body

Body Shape
Les Paul
Body Material
1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Binding
Fingerboard 1-Ply Cream
Weight Relief
None
Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer; Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged

Neck

Material
Solid Mahogany
Profile
Chunky C-Shape
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Authentic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.69" / 42.85mm
End of Board Width
2.24" / 56.89mm
Inlays
Celluloid Dot
Joint
Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit

Hardware

Finish
Nickel; Murphy Lab Light Aged
Tuner Plating
Nickel
Tailpiece
Wraparound
Tuning Machines
Kluson Strip with White Buttons
Pickguard
Black Multi-Ply
TrussRod
Authentic 1950s No-Tube
Truss Rod Cover
Authentic Stepped 2-Ply
Control Knobs
Black Top Hats
Switch Tip
Amber
Switchwasher
Black
Jack Plate Cover
Black Multi-Ply
Strap Buttons
Aluminum
Pickup Covers
Black Soapbar

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Bridge Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch case
Accessories
Certificate of Authenticity, Mounted Custom Shop Switch Plate Medallion; Reissue Switch Backplate in Case

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.