GIBSON USA Les Paul Studio LTD Swirl "Gold Swirl + Obeche" (2011)

GIBSON USA Les Paul Studio LTD Swirl "Gold Swirl + Obeche" (2011)

£1,499.99Price

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  virtually no play-wear other then a minor impression to the lower side bout. 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: 124510698

Time of manufacture: 2011

Place of manufacture: Nashville Plant, USA

Neck Shape: 50's shape Neck profile

Fingerboard: Obeche

Fret Condition: Virtually no Fret Wear

Weight: 8.3 Pounds

Action: Professionally set-up Low action

Overall Condition: " Excellent Condition"

Colour: Gold Swirl

Originality: 100% Original.

Dings, Scratches, other: One Very Minor impression to the lower side-bout. - Please See Pictures Below.

  • Specifications

    Serial Number: 124510698

    Time of manufacture: 2011

    Place of manufacture: Nashville Plant, USA

    Neck Shape: 50's shape Neck profile

    Fingerboard: Obeche

    Fret Condition: Virtually no Fret Wear

    Weight: 8.3 Pounds

    Action: Professionally set-up Low action

    Overall Condition: " Excellent Condition"

    Colour: Gold Swirl

    Originality: 100% Original.

    Dings, Scratches, other: One Very Minor impression to the lower side-bout. - Please See Pictures Below.