Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway Cherry 1959

Slightly higher-end than the Les Paul Jr but still considered a student-level guitar, the Les Paul Special was introduced in 1955 with a pair of P-90 pickups. Like other Les Paul models, the Les Paul Special underwent a total transformation at the end of the '50s. The model has been reissued several times since and remains in production. 

Years of Production: 1955 - 1961 (called SG Special in 1960 and 1961, switched to SG body in mid 1961), 1976 - 1995, 1998 - present

Unique to this Year: Body shape change occurs in mid 1958, along with change in finish to Cherry. 

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two single-coil P90 pickups, Single-piece bridge/tailpiece, Laminated pickguard, Two volume and two tone knobs, Dot inlays.

Finish Specifications: Cherry became the standard finish in 1958.

Notable Players: Bob Marley, John Lennon, Martin Barre 

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