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1978 Gibson GK-55

Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2008-09-05)
Price paid : US $ 1000



1978 Gibson GK-55


Just found out what it is - pickups may not be original


Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2008-09-05)
Price paid : US $ 1000



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zumbini said...
I bought my GK-55 new in 1980 for $425 at Naperville Music in Naperville, IL (a suburb of Chicago). I actually wanted a Les Paul but couldn't afford one at the time. 30 years later I still own it (in original condition), play it regularly and it's become one of my all time favorite guitars. The GK-55 was only produced in 1979 and early 1980. At the time Gibson was strapped for cash and had run out of credit with their suppliers so they produced a guitar based loosely on the 1955 Les Paul using off-the-shelf parts. The GK-55 has an unbound flat-top mahogany body, a bolt-on mohagany neck and a bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. The original hardware included diecast Grover tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge, and a TP-6 tailpiece with fine tuners. The two "Dirty Fingers" humbuckers feed an unusual control configuration that offers a master volume, two tone knobs, and a rotary coil splitter. This gives the GK-55 a wide range of tones. In total about 1,000 GK-55's were produced in the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, MI. (The GK stands for Gibson-Kalamazoo. the 55 denotes that it was based on a 55 Les Paul.)

Gk-55 fan said...
Not only are the pickups not original. This guitar has been refinished. The GK-55 only came in tobacco sunburst. The pick guard has been added also. The truss rod cover is a replacement as well the original had GK-55 printed on it. The bridge and tail peive are incorrect also. The GK-55 had a tune-o-matic. The more I look at this pic the more I think this guitar it not a GK-55, or if it is i has been restored with no regards to keeping it original.

Tom D. said...
Bought one in a small rural electronic shop in Alabama back about 10-12 years ago for my son. At that time Gruhn Guitars said it was worth about $200. They also said that Gibson only made 1000 of them as prototypes to the Les Paul Studio model. The one I bought for $150 was the tobacco sun burst. There are not many around so far as we can tell.

Patrick Belanger said...
I bought one of the originals in 1979 the guitar was the love of my life...one night my house was broken into and my beloved 55 was stolen...I've searched everywhere and tried everything to buy a replacement but anyone who has one will not part with it. Your a lucky man they are the best guitar Gibson ever made.

Steven said...
Gibson only made this model in 79 and 80 less than 1000 of them.They were a bolt on neck les paul ;55 with dirty finger pickups..