Like the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom was replaced with the SG body style at the end of 1960. The original Les Paul and Les Paul Custom were not brought back until 1968. Upon its reintroduction, the Les Paul Custom differed from those of the ’50s in number of ways – the headstock was a slightly steeper angle, the control cavity in the body was cut in a different manner, and the neck tenon was longer. Starting in 1969, the Custom also adopted a multi-ply body construction with a Maple top like the Les Standard, where the original Les Paul Custom used an all Mahogany body. Other changes include the introduction of a neck volute and a ‘Made in USA’ stamp on the back of the headstock.
Years of Production: 1953 – 1960 (switched to SG body), 1968 – present
Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody
Unique to this Year: 1969 is a very transitional year for the Custom which accounts for a great deal variation of values within the year. In 1969, there are examples with no neck volute, and no ‘Made in USA’ stamp that fetch substantially higher resale prices than those with these elements.
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Maple top, Mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard
Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, block inlays, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, black pickguard, bound fingerboard, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge, gold hardware, headstock inlay.
Finish Specifications: All standard Les Paul Customs from 1969 feature an Ebony finish.
This guitar is actually the Custom “Third Version” (1968-Current): “Two humbuckers. Similar to ‘Second Version’, except that it has two humbuckers instead of three” (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 134).
This lovely forty-eight year-old Les Paul Custom has a nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches, a medium neck profile, and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Mahogany body with maple top, three-piece mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. The waffle back tuners are original and work perfectly.
We think a new nut was installed some time ago, and it may have had a refret, also many years ago but professionally done. Frets are in great shape with lots of life left. It has two original Gibson patent-number humbucker pickups with nice strong outputs of 7.81k and 7.58k. All wiring appears to be original and unmolested. And this one a small volute, but no Made In USA stamp, making it less common and more collectable than other ’69 LP Customs.
This one is a great player, and it has been well played. It has some dings, marks and tarnishing associated with nearly 50 years of player wear. But there are no other cosmetic issues and certainly no structural problems. No repairs, nothing missing, and no issues.
Comes in non original hard case in good condition.