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This guitar has suffered a break at neck-body joint, which
was notoriously weak on early versions of the model.
The new Les Paul boasted a slim, fast neck profile.

rose slightly in 1960 and '61, then flat-lined. Plus, the burgeoning
folk-music boom had shifted interest to acoustic instruments;
sales of Gibson f lat-tops almost tripled as mandolin and banjo
sales rose, as well.
Interest in Gibson solidbodies wasn't rekindled until well
into the 1960s. Eric Clapton's use of a '59 Standard on the John
Mayall's Bluesbreakers' "Beano" album in '66 reinforced public
interest in the original, but Clapton did not use his sunburst
Les Paul very long and became better-known for playing his
psychedelically painted "Fool" SG/Les Paul Standard. Blues
guitarist Michael Bloomfield acquired a '54 goldtop in 1965 and
used it extensively until '67, when he acquired a sunburst '59 Les
Paul Standard and used it with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band,
inf luencing many musicians to seek out that specific model. By
late in the decade, the popularity of surf music was on the wane
and more players were discovering that the original Les Paul,
especially with humbucking pickups, perfectly suited R&B and
electric blues. Gibson responded in '68 by reintroducing the
single-cut Les Paul Standard in a goldtop version rather than
the Cherry Sunburst players preferred (see "Southern Gold:
Two Legendary Les Paul Deluxes" in this issue), though, in a
move befitting Gibson and the model itself, it was hamstrung
because instead of the humbuckers that helped reignite interest,
Gibson equipped the goldtop Standard with two single-coil
P-90 pickups; it did give the Custom version two humbuckers, but dressed that model with low "fretless wonder" frets,
which were unpopular with R&B and blues players. But that's
another story.

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