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'
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