In 1968, Gibson reintroduced the Les Paul Custom as a two pickup model. The headstock angle was changed from 17 degrees to 14, a wider headstock and a maple top (in lieu of the original 1953–1961 mahogany top construction). In 1969, Norlin had acquired Gibson, and the Les Paul Custom saw many changes between 1969 and 2004. The mahogany neck was replaced with a three-piece maple neck in 1975 (though some mahogany ones were still made) with this change lasting till around 1982, and the solid mahogany body was replaced with a “pancake” body in late 1969, where a small strip of maple resides between two thicker pieces of mahogany. This would last until 1977.
In 1970, a “Made in USA” stamp was added to the back of the headstock, and a volute was added to help strengthen the headstock. By 1976, the new Nashville bridge begins to replace the ABR-1.
Les Paul Custom specs during the 1970s –
- 3 piece Mahogany neck
- 3 piece “pancake” Mahogany body until 1977
- Double binding
- Maple top
- Ebony fingerboard
- Gold hardware
- 2 humbucking pickups
- Nashville bridge
- Standard Gibson wide jumbo frets
This 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom in good cosmetic condition and in perfect working order. This is a great Les Paul for a player looking for a vintage piece that has great tone woods, a resonant and well balanced body, and an array of sounds that are firmly in the classic rock camp.
The three-piece maple neck has a thin C profile that is super comfortable all the way up. It is on the slim side compared to some of the chunky 50s style LP Reissues that are around now, but it’s still a solid feel with plenty to grab hold of.
The nut has the traditional 1 11/16″ width, and the ebony fretboard has its original flattish medium jumbo fretwire is great condition. The Les Paul Custom was often referred to as “The Fretless Wonder”, and on this guitar you can see why. The action is low and consistent, with no dead spots, and with a responsive truss rod.
The headstock sports a set of original gold Gibson-branded Schaller tuning machines as well as the traditional Gibson pearloid logo and split diamond inlay.
The guitar features its original Nashville bridge, stopbar tailpiece, black speed knobs, pickup rings, and strap buttons. Consistent with 40 years of use, there’s some ageing on the hardware, but in general the lovely Ebony finish is in great condition. The neck is clean front and back. There is some light buckle rash on the back but nothing through the finish.
This guitar is structurally sound with no breaks or repairs, and the nitro lacquer is in good shape. The multiple binding on the headstock, neck and body is in excellent condition, and yellowing nicely. Weighing in at 10.4 lbs, this Les Paul has plenty of punch, but it is well balanced and feels very comfortable to play.
Come in its original Gibson hard shell case in good condition.