The ’57 Goldtop celebrates its 60th birthday this year, and Custom is celebrating with six beautiful Diamond Anniversary models in limited quantities of just 60 each. They feature vintage-accurate gold paint, the latest historic replica appointments, hide glue construction and Custombucker pickups which reproduce the tone of first-year ‘Patent Applied For’ humbuckers — one of the main reasons the ’57 Goldtop became so revered in the first place. The Pearl Gold model takes the goldtop theme to new heights with a fine pearlescent sparkle added to the gold powder and a celebratory real diamond inlay the headstock logo. Each guitar is equipped with a special 60th Anniversary truss rod cover and backplate.
Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. www.gibson.com