GIBSON LES PAUL SPECIAL (1961-1963, SG STYLE)

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1961 to 1963

The Gibson Les Paul Special was first introduced in 1955 to fill the gap between the Les Paul Junior and the Goldtop. The Special's bound fingerboard and pearl logo placed it above the budget Junior model, although it still had dot inlays. The Special’s two pickups gave it all the available tones of the goldtop and of the Custom models.

The Special model survived the change to the SG body shape in early 1961, and continued to occupy the the same niche in the new SG family as it had in the Les Paul family. The Special’s two P-90 pickups were an alternative to humbuckers, and the Special was favoured by guitarists like Carlos Santana (who played both an SG Special and a Les Paul Special) and Pete Townshend (who played an SG Special before switching to Les Paul Deluxes).

In 1962 the Maestro vibrato became available as an option. In 1963 this model was renamed the SG Special.

Specifications (17)

Body

Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Pickguard materialblack pickguard

Hardware

BridgeMaestro tremolo, wraparound bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsred finish, white finish, yellow finish
Number of strings6 strings

Neck

Headstock inlays or logosscreened logo/graphic on headstock
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Electronics

Pickups configuration1 single coil pickup

Controls

Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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