Gibson 1961 Les Paul (SG) Custom with Sideways Vibrola Polaris White Original 3 PAF’s OHSC

$ 19,799.99

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Vintage Gibson Les Paul (SG) Custom 3-Pickup in Polaris White finish made in 1961. This guitar features a one-piece Honduran Mahogany body, a one-piece Honduran Mahogany neck, and a single-ply bound ebony fingerboard. Equipped with the Holy Grail of pickups: 3 Original Gibson PAF Humbuckers with base plate stickers well preserved and intact. The original pickup covers are currently replaced with newer Gibson gold pickup covers to preserve the originals which are included with the guitar. The original pickup rings are also included but the guitar currently has stair-step style pickup rings that gradually decrease in height and make the middle position more comfortable and out of the way of your picking hand.

The 24.75” scale length neck has mother of pearl block inlays, a slim 60’s neck profile, and 22 original frets that are very worn however all frets on all strings still ring out. The nut has been replaced with a bone nut for better action and playability but the original nut is included. The gold plated hardware is in relatively excellent condition for its age with a minimal amount of pitting. The tuners have been replaced with aftermarket 18:1 ratio gold grovers. The ABR-1 “No Wire” bridge is in fantastic shape along with the gold-plated sideways deluxe vibrato. The plastic parts are in great condition which includes the bonnet flared knobs with gold reflectors, white switch top and 3-ply pickguard. The original poker chip has been replaced but the original is included.

This guitar is in very good condition overall for it’s age. Cosmetically there are several dings, dents, and surface scratches on the guitar and finish checking is visible throughout the body (see photos). There is some paint checking along the seams of the neck binding, especially at the nut which is a very common problem area for this particular model and age of guitar and is present in our 1962 SG Les Paul as well. We have an in-house guitar luthier at Diablo Guitars who previously was a master luthier for Gibson guitars and more specifically made Gibson necks. He inspected the neck, replaced the nut, and addressed the neck binding nut area which is now stable. The pots and tuners have been replaced and we do not have the originals however the replaced pickup covers, pickup rings, poker chip, nut, and ABR-1 studs are included and can be re-installed if desired.

Freshly re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and setup in standard tuning this guitar plays absolutely fantastic with very low action. This is a fretless wonder and is currently playable but if you wish to play this guitar long-term you will likely eventually want to get it re-fretted. This is a truly remarkable and legendary guitar that has survived the test of time. The original PAF pickups sound incredible and the polaris white finish with gold hardware looks amazing. Comes with the original hardshell case with gold interior, and replaced parts.

* Make: Gibson
* Model: Les Paul Custom SG
* Year: 1961
* Finish: Polaris White
* Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
* Country: USA
* Serial #: #22395
* Condition: Very Good
* Weight: 8lbs 5.1oz.
* Body Shape: SG
* Body Type: Solid
* Body Wood: One-Piece Honduran Mahogany Body
* Scale Length: 24.75″
* Headstock: 5-Ply Binding, Split Diamond Inlay
* Truss Rod Cover: ”Les Paul Custom” Engraved on Black on White Truss Rod Cover
* Neck Joint: Hide Glue Set-Neck
* Neck Wood: One-piece Honduran Mahogany neck
* Finger Board: Ebony
* Neck Radius: 12″
* Neck Profile: Slender 60’s
* Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
* Nut Width: 1.687″
* Nut: Bone
* Frets: Original Fretless Wonder
* Pickup Config: HHH
* Neck Pickup: original PAF with sticker
* Middle Pickup: original PAF with sticker
* Bridge Pickup: original PAF with sticker
* Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White ’61 Pickguard
* Pots: Replaced Pots
* Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
* Hardware: Gold
* Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatic with Kidney Bean Heads
* Bridge: Gold No-Wire ABR-1
* Tailpiece: Gold-Plated Side-Pull Deluxe Vibrato
* Knobs: Bonnet Flared Knobs With Gold “Volume” and “Tone” Labels
* Other Features: Original pickup covers, pickups rings, nut, poker chip included
* String Gauge: 10-46
* Case: Original Hard Shell Case

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Les Paul (SG) Custom with Sideways Vibrola