Gibson Les Paul Classic
1960 Reissue

Few guitars are as well known and considered classics. One of them is the Gibson “Goldtop” which is the named given to Les Pauls with gold coloured tops, and mahogany backs. The model has since been reissued many times due to popular demand.

This instrument is modelled around a 1960s Les Paul Standard Classic, and has all the features, which made that model very desirable.

The classic features a 1960s slim taper neck, which is a pleasure to play, when compared to other “boat” type necks. It joins the body at the 16th fret, which is common with most Les Pauls. The fingerboard is made of rosewood. It is adorned with aged binding and yellow pearloid trapezoid inlays.

The body is made from mahogany and has a single-ply carved maple top. It is surrounded by aged single-ply binding which combines well with the gold coloured top.

All hardware is nickel and the pickup covers for the hot ceramic magnet 496R Neck) /500T (Bridge) are not present for more output.

Visually the guitar is very appealing and all components combine well with the gold coloured top. These include the amber top hat knobs and slightly aged pickguard with “1960” subtly engraved in one corner.

Fit and finish is what you would expect of a high-end instrument such as this: simply perfect.

The instrument comes with a black reptile pattern hard-shell case as is normal with most Gibson guitars.

I actually chose this guitar over a more expensive ‘57 Les Paul solely for the feel of the neck. It is hard to explain in writing but to me it just felt right.  The action is great, and string bending is easy thanks to the short scale neck.

The sound of this guitar is also incredible. The ceramic pickups are wound hot and sound best when overdriven hard, to produce rich creamy distortion with subtle overtones and seemingly everlasting sustain.

Clean the Classic also sounds very good, with a snarly treble bite on the bridge pickup, whilst the neck pickup provides a darker sound. Some people comment, that these pickups are too hot, whilst others including myself think they are a perfect companion to this instrument’s sustain and tone.

The only modification required in my own opinion is a set of strap locks, which have been fitted after this review for safety, and peace of mind.

In summary this is an excellent classic guitar, which I am sure will be played for many years to come.

By Ernest H Slade
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