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"A spectacular instrument, sure to inspire even the most imaginative guitarist"- Gibson Ad, circa 1955
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1957 Les Paul Goldtop Darkback VOS

“A spectacular instrument … the very feel is sure to inspire even the most imaginative guitarist.”—Original Gibson advertisement, circa 1955

At the direction of legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty, Gibson engineer Seth Lover began working on a tone circuit with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent – hence the name “Patent Applied For,” or “PAF” – on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Model Goldtops of the same year.

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