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The Les Paul Bursts from 1958 to 1960 guitar specs:

  • Model name changed from "Les Paul Model" to "Les Paul Standard".

  • Sunburst finish replaces Goldtop finish in the fall of 1958, around serial numbers in the "8 5300" range (though the first known Sunburst Les Paul has serial number "83322").

  • The maple top on a 1958 to 1960 Sunburst Les Paul is always two pieces and "center seamed" (there is NO exception to this rule, except for one of the first 1958 sunburst Les Pauls with serial number "83322"; if a Sunburst Les Paul does not have a two piece center seamed maple top, it is a refinished Goldtop!)
  • Headstock Left hand horn (when looking at the face of the headstock) is sharper with a deeper swoop than the right-hand side.
  • All Gibson logos were cut by hand and they would crack on either side of the “S”. Using fish-based glue died black was used to fill in and fix them.
  • Les Paul silkscreen should have no clear coat over it.
  • Serial number is stamped and with a clear coat over it.
  • Single line Klusons with one ring tulips until 1960 when it went to two rings.
  • Klusons prior to late 1958 would have “Patent Pending” stamp.
  • After late 1958 Klusons will have a Patent number as well as “Patent No” stamped on them.
  • Shaft pole bushing is metal and is never plastic.
  • Nut is 1 11/16 wide. Not made of bone, but Nylon PA66
  • Celluloid inlays shrink a bit.
  • Fretboard side dots are red tortoise shell and NOT black, but can appear black unless a bright light is used.
  • Frets should be 100,000 wide, a larger jumbo than before.
  • ABR with no retaining wire. Underside has Gibson ABR-1 and foundry mark. Letters are very sharp and flat on top. Repros are more rounded.
  • Back wall of ABR has a 40 to 41,000 wide and repros are 46 to 50,000 wide.
  • Stoptail string ball slots should be rough and not finished. Repros will be smooth. Countersinks are smaller than on repros.
  • Stoptail is always within a gram of 31 grams in weight.
  • Strap buttons have a much more shallow head than repros.
  • Screws should be 1 1/3 inches with exactly 1 inch threaded.
  • Pickguard should be 90,000 thick. Edges are not super clean and fits loose around PU.
  • Countersink on Pickguard is very deep so screw head is always below the Pickguard surface whereas repros will have a perfect fit and screw head will be perfectly flush with Pickguard surface.
  • Sides of Pickguard will have original chatter marks from the router that cut them.
  • Back of Pickguard will have faint lateral lines that are perpendicular to the strings on the guitar.
  • One piece mahogany. Filled with grain contrasting filler.
  • Top is center seam maple top. Eastern Maple has mineral deposits, Western Maple does not. Gold-tops almost never were center seamed.
  • Binding should be very sharp. Little piece of maple exposed in cutaway.
  • Backs are cherry tinted.
  • Ledge of inside of control and switch cavities should be darker than the rest of the cavity.
  • Pots should be coded 134907 wherein 134 stands for Central Lab and 9 for the last digit of the year (’59) and 07 refers to the week of the year.
  • Original Sprague bumble bee caps with orange sleeves to protect cap wires. Solders can be sloppy. Ground wire is disconnected.
  • Wire up close has two strands where as new repro wire has 3 strands.
  • Cavity is not with a flat bottom. So not all edges are square to the back.
  • Bursts are not hide glue constructed but instead they used Phenol Formaldehyde.
  • Switch tips are made of Catalyn and have well rounded domes on top.
  • Switch tips should have no mold marks, no ridge right before the threads on the inside.
  • After being placed in hot water for a few seconds, switch tip should smell like formaldehyde.
  • Inside of jack has brown insulation wafers. Should have a more orangish color and be more porous looking than new ones.
  • Jack-plate has rounded corners through mid to later 1959. After that, corners become much sharper.
  • PAFs from ’57 would have brushed stainless steel covers. After that covers were changed to nickel plated brass.
  • Center to center across all pole magnet screws should be 1 15/16 correct for a Burst PAF. Would be a bit smaller for a hollow body PAF of the same time.
  • Look for “L” shaped tool marks on bottom of PAF holder feet.
  • PAF stickers should have a very thin font whereas repros have fatter fonts. Letters on real PAFs are spaced farther apart.
  • Border around original PAF sticker is clear laquer, not a gold border although with age the laquer can appear as though it has a golden hue to it.
  • First “T” in patent should not be directly above the “E” in Applied. That’s a sign of a repro.
  • Lettering on sticker is porus and can be rough looking not perfectly smooth like repros.

The Bursts: '58, '59 & '60

Collectability: "A+"

Collectibility Rating: 1952-1953:The