Gibson Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop

Gibson Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop


When I bought this guitar a couple years ago all I knew was Lee Roy Parnell was an exceptional slide player and because of that he played and recorded with a number of bands. Also, my friend had bought one, and we are both slide players, and he said it was amazing. I have some of guitars I regularly play and love so I really had no need of another guitar. But, I was not disappointed with this one. It immediately has the feel of a vintage Les Paul and where as some musicians changes are not an improvement to the historic Les Paul design this is an exception. You quickly realize this is far from ordinary Goldtop territory. 

This guitar is the result of a painstaking collaboration between Parnell and the Gibson Custom Shop at Gibson. It has a number of personal embellishments that no other Les Paul has except Lee Roy's personal LP. For example it has a 7-degree back-angled cutaway allows improved access to the high frets for better slide access which is one of the reasons for Lee Roy's technique. The guitar has Ron Ellis custom-wound PAFs which are amazing and give it a unique tone. It has a non-chambered body that features the Big Block cavity design, which adds more mass, and hence, more tonal depth and punch. So it feels like a vintage Les Paul. Top-drawer CTS pots and NOS 1960s ceramic capacitors help the PAFs produce their unique tine.  In keeping with Parnell’s preferences, the neck carve has a comfortably rounded profile that’s slightly asymmetrical and ultra-smooth thanks to its satin finish. The entire guitar has been given a subtle VOS treatment that includes aging of the nickel hardware and darkening the finish with the addition of a Faded Tobacco tint. He personally selects the materials for each instrument, and each guitar passes through his hands before being shipped. So it is really a custom Custom Shop instrument. It comes with a personal Lee Roy Parnell slide & COA. (see photo) Has a brown Gibson Custom Shop hard case.
Please no offers on this. I have not seen one anywhere but if you find one cheaper and in better condition buy it asap.  I have not changed anything and have played it but nothing that will matter for a players guitar like this. Will be happy to answer any questions or send more photos. You can find endless details and spec's on this guitar on line as well. Will be shipped UPS insured next day or 2 day depending where you live.

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Product Specs

Condition:Mint (Used)


Model:Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul


Categories:Solid Body


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