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.
Gibson Les Paul Standard Flame Top Conversion 1953 Electric Guitar PAF Pickups
1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (GIE1069)
Gibson 1953 Les Paul gold Top - Original Vintage EXCELLENT CONDITION
Gibson CS Collector's Choice 37 1959 Les Paul Standard Aged 9-1953 Carmelita
Compensated Trapeze Tailpiece for 1952 1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop - MojoAxe