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Rare example of  1st generation Deluxe: on the new model introduced in 1969  headstock is larger, mahogany neck is in three pieces and mini humbuckers replace P90s, using old modified cream covers as rings. A very few early '70s instruments feature a second cream-plastic ring around the P90-sized pickup surround: this is the so-called 'goof-hider', conceived to cover routing imperfections.
The guitar you see here comes from this particular period: the back of the neck has the "volute" but hasn't yet the "made in USA"! All original hardware: early Gibson Deluxe tuners still manufactured by Kluson with the old D-169400 patent #, '60s style tune-o-matic ABR1 bridge with nylon saddles and retaining wire, light aluminum stop-bar, gold knobs with chrom top. Original electronics (the bridge pickup was replaced by a P90 at some point, but now it's back and it's ok). The four pots are all dated 1970. Original Sprague capacitors. This guitar is one of the rare instruments equipped with the second 'goof-hider' pickup ring.
In those years LP's were built with a maple top over a two-layer mahogany body with a maple lamination in between, visible on body rims. Binding becomes larger in the cutaway, unlike '50s guitars, to cover the top-body joint (see the pic
detail). The neck is rounded and beefy, and vintage guys will love it.
Original gold finish in overall nice conditions, with typical green areas in the worn spots: a beautiful old guitar, used but not abused. A picture of a particular moment in Les Pauls' history, with excellent playability, perfect action and a strong and loud voice with a brilliant bridge pickup and a very fat sounding neck unit.
Period Gibson case, but surely NOT the original one.
front - body1 - body2 - body3 - in case - back - body back - headstock - hardware1 - hardware2 - knobs - pickups - pots - rings - detail