I ran across this stunning Epi '56 Goldtop for $350 when I checked Facebook at the gym last Wednesday. After all the glowing reviews I'd read about the model, I was very intersted in checking it out. I reached out to the guy, drove out and tried it the same evening, and ended up bringing it home. It's dated August 2016 (MIC), and this guy was the second owner, with the first one switching the stock knobs to the ones today. The seller convinced me those knobs were the original '50s GT knobs, though as far as I know, they used to use the gold top hat knobs (can I get a fact check on this one?). I may switch them at some point to period correct ones, but let's see. The first owner also put the stop markers in, which is appreciated. Very few traces of wear, a couple belt rashes on the back and a chip or two in the binding. It feels like it hasn't been played a lot. The rosewood neck was a bit dry when I got it, but the lemon oil took care of that. I switched it to 11's as soon as I got it and it's been singing ever since. I really like the pickups, I'd been longing after P90's for a while now, and these are really great! I also had the chance to try a Gibson '52 Goldtop Tribute not so long ago, and the ones in the Epi hold their own very well. It's a nice 3.9kg/ 8.6 lbs, and as far as I know, that's pretty good for an LP. With this one, I've covered Tele, Strat, semi-hollow HB, and now P90 territory, i.e. more than I will ever need. Which means 100% playing and 0% looking at gear from now on! What a privilege to get to play fine instruments like this, feeling truly grateful. Enjoy the pics!