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Gibson Gold Tops

GOLD TOP

 The  gold medal of guitars, as wielded by greats such as Scotty Moore, Pete Townsend, and Mick Ronson, hearing those wondrous hammer-on’s at the end of Ziggy Stardust, that could just sustain forever make this pure Gibson gold!

 Scotty Moore traded in his  Fender Esquire for a Gibson ES 295, adding a glint of gold to Elvis’s heartbreak rock,, with tremendous effect.

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Gibson Gold Top ES295

Pete Townsend’s all star bowling action worked a treat on this solid body, hard rocking guitar. It always took him a few extra cracks to break one of these babies up on stage.

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Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

As for the late great Mick Ronson, well the new age, space based moonbeam look could require only one weapon of choice…

 

“look at the flame on that…”

 Gary Moore got one…

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Gary Moore Gibson Les Paul

Green Day’s Jason White is another known user, a Gibson Les Paul 1957 gold top reissue to be precise. Neil Young’s “Old Black is actually a 1953 Goldtop painted black with a mini humbucker from a Firebird in the bridge position and a Bigsby  tailpiece. Dave Gilmour put another (Goldtop) brick in the wall circa 1956. In fact everyone from Duane Allman to Frank Zappa have tinkered with this work of art.

 Here’s another man who knows a great guitar when he sees  one…

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Slash Gibson & Epiphone Les Pauls

 So good he had to have two…cheers Slash.

 

TECH DETAILS

Les Paul Goldtop

First made in 1952

Originally with two P-90 single coil pick-ups

trapeze bridge and tailpiece

solid mahogany body and maple neck

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Gold Beauty

 

 

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