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Gibson Custom Shop 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cut Lightly Aged TV Yellow Floor Model



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For over 20 years Gibson Custom has proudly been the torchbearer of, not only Gibson’s legacy, but also American craftsmanship and the value of human ingenuity. We believe today, as we did 20 years ago, that there remains a place in this world for the best of the best and that there is a value in what we do that extends far beyond the glossy sheen and gratifying weight of a finely crafted Les Paul.

We take great pride in knowing that we bring the most discerning players and collectors in the World the most refined collection of Historic Reissue, Archtop and Custom guitars we have ever had the pleasure to craft. Through milestone achievements that reflect decades of a passionate commitment by Gibson Custom’s craftspeople, engineers, players and collectors from around the globe, today’s Gibson Custom proudly reflects Gibson’s century long-plus position as the World’s Finest Guitar maker.

1960 Les Paul Special Single Cut

By the mid-1950s, it was clear that Gibson, its competition, and—more importantly—the buying public had fully embraced the solid body electric guitar, making it the fastest growing segment among fretted instruments. The aim now was to create an instrument for every market segment, and the Les Paul Special single cutaway model—introduced by Gibson in late 1955—was positioned as an intermediate model between the $99.50 Les Paul Junior and the $235 Les Paul goldtop model. Priced at $169.50, this first edition of the Les Paul Special was a single cutaway model fitted with two of Gibson’s P-90 singlecoil pickups, a wraparound bridge/tailpiece, upgraded bound fingerboard, and inlaid mother of pearl Gibson headstock logo. Like the Les Paul Junior, the Special sported the visually attractive limed mahogany, or TV Yellow, finish on a thick-bodied, single cutaway design.


  • Solid mahogany body
  • TV Yellow finish
  • Nickel hardware
  • Lightweight aluminum finish
  • 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
  • 22-fret rosewood fretboard
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Single-ply cream neck binding
  • 1959 rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Holly headstock veneer
  • Button tuners
  • P-90 single-coil pickups
  • CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
  • Two volume and two tone controls
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • Serial #05319
  • 6lbs 11oz
  • Hardshell case included

Chicago Music Exchange is an authorized online Gibson dealer. This floor models includes warranty through Chicago Music Exchange, and may be subject to light wear from use in our magnificent showroom.

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