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The Les Paul Special was introduced in 1955 as a budget version of the standard Les Paul model.  The body lacked the maple cap of the full-blown version.  In mid-1958 the single cutaway body style gave way to a double cutaway version.  In late 1959, the neck pickup was relocated away from the end of the fingerboard in order to create a stronger and more stable neck-to-body dovetail joint.  In 1961, the Les Paul Special was given a new symmetrical, pointed cutaway body and was dubbed the SG Special.  The guitar shown here is a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Special 1960 reissue.  The Custom Shop produced this reissue from 1996 through early 1998 at which time it joined the Historic Collection lineup as a regular production model.

GIBSON LES PAUL SPECIAL '60 reissue (1996)

Body:  Solid; 1-piece mahogany

Finish:  Faded Cherry, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in

Fingerboard:  Indian rosewood, single bound; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets:  22

Pickguard:  3-ply black-white-black plastic

Bridge:  Wrap-around bar tailpiece, nickel

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Reproduction Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  Two, Gibson P-90 single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls:  Tone and volume for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  13 inches

Body Depth:  2 inches

Weight:  n/a

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