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.
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.
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…
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…
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