We're very excited to have our first guitar from legendary builder John Bolin in the shop - a stunning '56 LP-syle!

Since 1978, Bolin has built some of the most innovative guitars in rock n roll history. A list of their satisfied customers include - Billy F. Gibbons (most, if not all, of those incredibly cool / wild guitars Billy plays on stage were built by John), Jimmy Page, Steve Miller, Dusty Hill, Lou Reed, Doc Watson, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Joe Perry, and Keef and Ronnie from the Stones.

When sitting down for an extended playing session (perk of the job, what can we say?), our eyes immediately jumped to the super clean binding work and how it blends with the dark fretboard, the clean inlay work, the ambered 50s P90 covers, really clean nut work (looks like the classic 6/6 nylon), and the jewel-like red top - it's just a stunning guitar in person. The top has the perfect amount of subtle-yet-deep 3D flame...eye candy for days.

The neck carve feels a touch more like an early 60s style carve - not quite as beefy as its late 50s cousins, but very comfortable and most players should feel right at home on it. The setup feels great and lends itself well to lead or chord work. It's an easy playing, slinky feeling guitar that pushes back just enough to let you pound out some edge-of-breakup tones - yet- has enough dynamic range to let you get your slow blues lead playing on.

So, rewound 50s P90s, huh? Yep. They sound glorious. The old ones just have something that always makes us smile. More complexity, richer sounding, etc...maybe it's all in our heads? Regardless, these will make any P90 lover smile ear to ear.

Condition: Excellent. Only light signs of wear (which are minimal), no fret wear, all electronics work as they should. There are some light indentations in the body, back/side edge, where your keys would be in your right pocket if playing seated and there are two professionally plugged screw holes by the back strap button.

This gorgeous '56 inspired LP-style guitar lives up to the hype, no question. Flawless build quality, killer finish work, and a set of rewound (by Throbak) 50's P90s - in short, it feels, sounds, and plays like a killer vintage Les Paul. You want this, trust us. Priced with hardshell case.

The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

John Bolin
5 Year Member
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
4:48 AM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.