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Wine Red. Between 1977 and 1979 a very small batch of Customs left the factory with the historic three-humbucker circuitry: these guitars today are highly sought-after and bring higher values than regular production models (30% more according to the Vintage Guitar Price Guide) and are rarely seen in vintage guitar shops and auctions. We located this nice guitar in Croatia: it is a rare, 100% original, great sounding Les Paul, in very fine conditions.
The top is made of three pieces of flamed maple, and wood grain is enhanced by the beautiful "wine red" finish, a dark see-through red. The body is a single piece of mahogany,  quite a lucky find in years of wood sandwiches, and the neck is made of three pieces of mahogany. Hardware and appointments are the typical Custom features of those years, with multi-ply binding, ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, tune-o-matic Nashville bridge, stop-bar, gold metal parts, etc.  
The back shows a belt-buckle worn area and gold-plating is worn on pickup covers and stop-bar, but the guitar is in overall excellent conditions. Every detail is original. The three pickups are great-sounding humbuckers with impressed Patent Number: two of them have an ink-stamped date, September 1978 and February 1979. All the pots are dated 1978. Frets show playing wear but are still quite good, action is perfect. Original hardshell case.

Recently (Vintage Guitar Magazine. july 2009, page 70) George Gruhn and Walter Carter wrote that the number of the three-pickup Customs built in the years when this option was offered (1971-73 and 1978-79) was of only 163 guitars, while over 20.000 two-pickup Customs were shipped in the same years.

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