Introduced in 1955, Gibson's Les Paul Special features include a flat top/slab Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, 2 P-90 pickups, bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, stud tailpiece and a really attractive "limed Mahogany" or "TV Yellow" finish.
This example is in excellent overall condition and retains it's original finish with only light lacquer crazing, a few minor dings and some light buckle worming to the back. The only changes are the tuners (modern Klusons), the pickup selector switch, and one changed capacitor (orange drop).
It plays incredibly well; the original frets are in very good shape, the neck is a comfortable 'C' profile with a wide flat feel to the board. The tone is punchy but retains a nice amount of clarity when driven. The bridge pickup has plenty of bite and cut, whilst the neck pickup offers a really nice woody, bell like tone without being muddy.
A stunning instrument both in tone and playability, and with these looks, build quality and beautifully aged tonewoods it's no wonder why these models are so popular and increasingly hard to find.