1961 brought big changes for Gibson's “Les Paul” model, which had been waning in popularity. Their radical redesign led to what we are now familiar with as the “SG” or “Solid Guitar” model, but retained the “Les Paul” designation and branded truss rod cover for the first few years. This early, first-year example has all of the new features that debuted that year; a thin, double cutaway mahogany body, art-deco inspired sideways Vibrola tailpiece, small pickguard, and a fast, “C” shaped neck that make this a great playing guitar. The original “Patent Applied For” humbucking pickups were replaced with the nearly identical, early 60's “Patent Number” pickups which in this guitar sound phenomenal. The original tuners have been reinstalled but were at one time replaced. Unlike many SG's from this time period, this guitar is free from any breaks or repairs making this a great opportunity for a player to get a truly great sounding instrument at a fraction of the cost of an all original example!