Proven: Original Factory Blueprints Show Goldtop Humbuckers
Rewind back to 1968. Imagine you have been wanting a Les Paul, but they are no longer made. Miraculously, you hear that Gibson is reintroducing both models: The Les Paul Custom and the Les Paul Standard. You can't wait to pick up a humbuckered, Standard model like most of your heros play.... And Gibson releases a P-90 guitar. :) Would leave a bad taste in your mouth, right?* Well I have always felt that this bad taste has contributed to why the collector's market has generally stuck their noses up at LSLP's. So, shock of all shocks, I found proof that Gibson intended to release both models with humbuckers in an estate sale listing for Les' property. The icing on the cake: a small notation on one page stating that LES HIMSELF REQUSTED HUMBUCKERS. How cool is that?
This is a companion section to the Les Paul Custom blueprints in the Period Literature section. ( CLICK HERE TO READ ) The plans are current to April 1968, model 5105. Non-production features are a blank truss rod cover, gold inserts on the reflector knobs, humbuckers, and sharp cornered inlays (ala 50's). The line about humbuckers is in the Specifications image. It reads, "HUM-BUCKING PICKUPS W/CREAM COLORED PLASTIC UNIT COVERS & MOUNTING RINGS PER LES PAUL'S REQUEST." Some Gibson Grande Console steel guitars had cream plastic pickup covers, so maybe that is what Les was after. We'll never know now that he has passed away. See the cropped image below...
Random Note: I wish I had seen this lot before the auction ended as I would have bid on it. I tried contacting the new buyer after the sale but they were not interested in selling one of their copies. If the owner happens to read this, I may still be interested.
* = Disclaimer: I LOVE P-90's too.
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9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Julien's Auction Description: "An identical pair of full scale schematic blue prints with full specifications titled, "Les Paul standard 68 model" and dated April 8, 1968."
30" x 49.5"
Lot 416 of 745
Lot closed - Winning bid:$5,312.50