Les Paul Guitars

1974 Gibson Les Paul

Color: Mahogany with Gold Top, Rating: 9.25, Sold (ID# 00084)
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This 12 3/4-inch-wide electric solid body guitar weighs 9.80 lbs. and has a nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Three-piece (mahogany/maple/mahogany) sandwich body, carved maple top, three-piece (mahogany/maple/mahogany) sandwich neck, and rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and inlaid pearl trapezoid position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and "Les Paul Model" decal. "Deluxe" on truss-rod cover. Individual Gibson Deluxe tuners with double-ring Keystone plastic buttons. Two metal-covered mini-humbucker pickups with cream plastic surrounds and outputs of 6.40k and 9.06k. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Gold plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops. Tune-O-Matic bridge with retainer and separate stud tailpiece. The pots are dated "137 74 21" (May 1974). This guitar is in near mint (9.25) condition, with only minimal fading to the mahogany and some slight belt buckle scarring on the back. Housed in its original Gibson black hardshell case with orange plush lining (9.50). With the original hang tag and instruction booklet.

Gibson re-introduced two original-design Les Paul models in 1968, after a number of years when guitars with the SG design had replaced them: the relatively rare two-humbucker Les Paul Custom, and the gold-top Les Paul with P-90 pickups and Tune-O-Matic bridge.

"The guitar design department at Gibson gave a change of style and name to the recently re-introduced Les Paul gold-top model in 1969, when the Les Paul Deluxe took its place. The Deluxe was the first 'new' Les Paul model for 14 years, and was prompted by calls for a gold-top with humbucking pickups rather than the single-coil P-90s of the existing reissue model. Gibson ended up using small Epiphone humbuckers for the Les Paul Deluxe model...At first the Deluxe was only available with a gold top, but gradually sunbursts and other colors were introduced, and it lasted in production until the mid 1980s" (Tony Bacon, Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, pp. 145-146).

The Who's Pete Townshend began using Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitars, after the Gibson SG Special that he preferred had been discontinued.

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