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The 1955 Les Paul
Collectibility Rating: 1952-1953:The
1955 Gibson Les Paul goldtop model guitar specs:
- Wrap around tailpiece and accompanying studs changed slightly.
- The "ears" of the tailpiece changed in thickness from 3/16" to 1/4".
- The accompanying studs had to change also so the new tailpiece would fit the studs.
- This increase in ear thickness stopped the ears from cracking at the intonation adjustment screw, which was common on the thinner 3/16" thick ear tailpieces.
- Pickup spacing chnaged from 3 1/8" to 3"; this moved the bridge pickup towards the neck just a bit, putting more wood in front of the wrap-around bridge studs (because some models had problems with the wood cracking in front of the treble stud).
- By fall 1955 the Les Paul Standard changed from the wrap-around tailpiece to a ABR-1 tunematic bridge and stop tailpiece.
- Unique neck curvature, size, and 'rounding' of the top edge is what the Gibson Custom Shop have used as their 'ideal' shape for their custom shop limited edition 55 guitars.
More to come...