The 1953 Gibson Les Paul is very similar to the 1st year 1952 model with addition of serial of a 5 digit serial number inked on the back of the neck. Half of the models featured the “Trapeze” tailpiece or the stopbar bridge setup.
Compensated Trapeze Tailpiece for 1952 1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop - MojoAxe
Palermo 1953 Les Paul Conversion Guitar P90 Aged White RELIC W/ Gibson Case
Gibson CS Collector's Choice 37 1959 Les Paul Standard Aged 9-1953 Carmelita
Vintage Gibson Trapeze Bridge from 1953 Les Paul Gold Top plus New Tailpiece.
1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (GIE1039)