Gibson Les Paul 1952

Select Guitar Brand: Gibson

Model: Les Paul

Years of Production: 1952


Control Configuration: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 3-Way Toggle Switch

Pickups: 2 x P-90 Soapbar Pickups with Cream covers.  49.2mm pole spread

Potentiometers: 4 x IRC 500k Short Split Shaft potentiometers with pointer washers

Switches: Switchcraft Straight 3-way toggle switch (No lettering) with deep thread nut

Capacitors/Resistors: 2 x Grey Tiger .02uf @ 400v

Wire: Stranded 22-gauge black cloth covered

Output Jack: Switchcraft J11 Mono


Woods: 1-Piece Mahogany w/Brazilian rosewood fingerboard (Set neck)

Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer

Scale Length: 24-3/4”

Frets: .070” width

Fingerboard/Radius: 12”

Inlays: Trapezoid Pearloid

Binding: Early 52’s had no binding.  Later they did come with plastic cream binding.

Truss Rod: Single action Hex Drive with a brass nut.  Adjustment at headstock.

Logo: Pearl Gibson Logo w/yellow silk screened “Les Paul Model”

Nut: Nylon


Woods: Mahogany back and 3-piece carved maple top

Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer

Binding: Cream Plastic binding around top


Bridge/Tremolo: Trapeze bridge/tail piece.  Strings loop under bridge.  No intonation.

Machine Heads: 3-Per Side Kluson Deluxe tuners w/plastic keystone buttons and press in bushings

Jack Plate/Ferrule: Square 4-hole cream plastic jack plate

Screws: #3 phillips oval head

Truss Rod Cover: 2-ply bell shaped 2-hole mount

Strap Buttons: 2 x Aluminum strap buttons

Pickguard/Backplate: Brown plastic switch plate and backplate

Knobs/Switch Tip: 4 x 5/8” tall gold speed knobs w/1-10 white print. Plastic amber switch tip

Pickup Covers/Rings: Cream plastic pickup covers. Early 52’s had 2 mounting holes diagonal on each corner.  Later moved to center.

Other: Early 52’s had no Rhythm/Treble switchwasher

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