I wanted to build a goldtop in the Gibson style, but i wanted to do it a bit differently. I had spent a long time looking at pics of Les Paul's original guitars and it was clear he never really played a stock '52. It seems Gibson and Les disagreed on a few key points of the spec.
I decided to build and alternative reality version of the guitar Gibson released in 1952. It's a little bit closer to the prototypes Les was actually playing, and also borrows a key feature from a '51 prototype that never made it onto the final Gibson design
Spec: One peice African Mahogany Body Rippled Sycamore top One pieces Hondruan Mahogany neck Indian Rosewood fretboard with Pearl dot inlays - unbound Full width neck tenon with contoured heel Mojo Pickups Dynasonic coils in handmade covers Goldtop Heavy relic finish Aged Nickel Hardware