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✯RARE✯ GIBSON USA LTD Les Paul Studio LTD Swirl ✯ Gold Swirl + Obeche ✯2011✯

Estimated price for orientation: 1 199 $

Category: Electric Guitar

Brand: Gibson No. of Strings: 6 string

It’s well known that when it comes to musical instruments, wood and water don’t mix. Controlling the humidity and moisture content of timber is crucial to the manufacture of not only guitars, but stringed instruments in general. So when in May 2010, the Cumberland River in Tennessee broke its banks and flooded the city of Nashville, home to Gibson’s largest manufacturing plant, there were disastrous consequences for all the finished and part-built guitars as well as the valuable wood stocks that were in the factory at the time. Gibson weren’t the only musical casualties of the 2.3 billion dollars worth of damage that the floods caused; many musicians, engineers and sound companies lost everything that was held in various storage facilities in the city. However, the flood water eventually receded, and as soon as the Gibson plant was clear, it was noticed that the river had left incredibly beautiful swirling patterns on the factory floors. Seizing an opportunity to salvage something from the disaster, Gibson was inspired to use the patterns for a new finish, and a year on from the flood launched the Anniversary Flood/Swirl Les Paul.With an unbound neck and chrome hardware. A welcome feature is the weight-relieved chambered mahogany body, which gives the guitar a completely different feel from a standard Les Paul, with a lot more acoustic resonance while unplugged. The frets are well finished and the guitar has been ‘Plekked’ so the action and intonation are perfect and the nut cut correctly. Other features on the Swirl  include a silver Gibson logo and Les Paul Model on the headstock. There’s also a ‘50’s profile mahogany neck and Obeche' fretboard with trapezoid markers which feels good and chunky and the model is honoured with a set of Grover machine heads. Pick-ups are a Gibson 490R in the neck and 490T in the bridge which is standard for a Les Paul Studio. This is a good feeling guitar. Nice action and tone. The pickups sound great and everything works as it should. This is a solid used Les Paul. In overall MINT-EX condition, it shows some very Minor Play-wear. Very Clean with no impressions, dents or scratches. Comes in a Gibson hardshell case with Case Candy.The Studio model is one of Gibson's best deals. This rare variant is an even better bargain. Gibson no longer offers this configuration. Save big on this great Les Paul! Serial Number: 124410445Time of manufacture: 09/24/2011Place of manufacture: Nashville Plant, USANeck Shape: 50's shape Neck profileFingerboard: ObecheFret Condition:  Virtually no Fret WearWeight: 8.3 PoundsAction: Professionally set-up Low actionOverall Condition: " Near Mint Condition" Colour: Gold SwirlOriginality: 100% Original.Dings, Scratches, other: One Very Minor impression to the headstock. Nothing else to report. - Please See Pictures Below.