Long story short, cause you & me both know why you're here ###128578. May I remind everyone who is time and again returning to watch this beauty, this one's like taken out of the time machine, it's THAT pristine!###128521; If I remember correctly, those are the original strings still on it! Prohibitive price, but solely because of sentimental value & because of 0 (apparent) use Weight: 4.0 kg (short of 9 pounds). In 2009, Gibson took on a Reissue after one of the prototypes Les had originally designed, just before the model had hit the shelves. The biggest difference is he did it with the strings wrapped OVER the bridge (he wanted to be able to palm-mute), whereas Gibson freaking issued the first LP series in 1952 with the strings UNDER the bridge, and they went that way for almost 2 years, not paying attention to Les' recommendations!
Not to mention the neck angle! Another difference is a much shorter bridge bar, not sticking out anymore to the right hand's discomfort when playing, and with its 2 screws/posts on the inside of the trapeze. Do not mistake this for a regular R2 - 1952 Reissue! If you happen to have seen those around or in photos, just pay close attention to the details I've just described. If you do see a'52 or a'53 having a normal bridge, it can only mean it's been upgraded/altered.
When it comes to iconic guitars, one has the opportunity to: either acquire a vintage guitar that's already got signs of use & abuse, or a relic'd (even a heavily-relic'd) guitar to get a... "Synthetic" feeling of vintage guitar to be honest, OR to think about starting it from scratch. What I mean by that is, an original 1952 is what...
70 years old now, right? Whereas we have the opportunity to not only take that to the next level - a'52 Reissue for another 70 years to come, BUT to do it with a piece that's been brilliantly kept clean, and to just let the relic come in naturally. And more importantly - not just with any specific Reissue of a Gibson Les Paul, but with one of the man's own patented designs! I feel the need to clarify that I have seen & played an original'52 and though there are similarities, they are quite different.
The most obvious difference is that they did put the correct neck angle (like on the'54 and later LPs) so that the bridge/tailpiece combination unit could be strung over the top. The original'52 is beautiful in every respect, except the bridge is [extremely] awkward to play. But the build quality of this Tribute is excellent, with a nice selection of mahogany, and the finish is perfect as well.
Comparing it directly with that'52, it is a few pounds heavier - almost 1 kg I'd say, and I'd put that on the age of the wood itself. The older the wood, the lighter it gets because it dries out (but also more resonant, to be completely fair), but the neck and body profiles are extremely similar. I will say that I have tried about 7 or 8 Gibsons with P-90s, and the original'52 pickups sounded significantly more powerful than all of the later ones.I have also played an R4 and this 2009 Tribute pickups have about the same sound and output. The bridge on this Tribute is a bit fancier than what Gibson was producing in the 50s, in that the hinge by the strap button seems to be a casting, whereas the originals were just sheet-metal wrapped around the trapeze wire. However if you look at the original patent document, it shows this type of casting, so with this model they had been true to that. As far as the combo bridge/tailpiece goes, they are extremely underrated! If they are strung properly (over the top), they're very comfortable to play and very resonant! It intonates as well as any other bridge/tailpiece combo - I even dare to say you can find a sweet spot for intonating it almost to perfection, and has great sustain and resonance characteristics. The item "Gibson Les Paul 2009 Reissue 1952 Prototype 52 model Tribute vintage" is in sale since Sunday, November 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "armadria" and is located in Timisoara, Timis. This item can be shipped worldwide.