Any difference in tone between a '57 Les Paul Special and a '56 Goldtop

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  1. tjmicsak

    tjmicsak Member

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    Just wondering how close these two guitars are. Both are Les Pauls and both have P90s.
     
  2. Ruraltom

    Ruraltom Member

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    Well, the goldtop has a maple cap on mahogany and the Special just has a slab of mahogany.... I tend to think of a gold top as being a little richer and deeper and the Special a little twangier.
     
  3. hazel-rah

    hazel-rah Supporting Member

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    The maple top will make the '56 brighter. And the top carve makes them feel different. The goldtop will have a two piece bridge system, which is good for intonation but will change the tone and feel, as well.
     
  4. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub

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    Don't know about real ones, but I've had reissues of these models. The Special was angrier.
     
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    jp1977 Member

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    the special doesnt have the carved maple cap. I like the sound of both guitars but they are a bit different sounding.
     
  6. memiller

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    Well the '56 is one more vintagey than the '57 so it should have more tone.
     

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