This is a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop that has been converted to LP Standard specs.
This was a common conversion back in the 70s and 80s when many players preferred the look and sound Gibson.s “standard” sized humbuckers.
The most obvious thing to do was simply install the alternative, albeit bigger pickups. But this required some “under cover” work, such as routing larger pickup cavities, and other necessary adjustments. So here’s the story –
Finish Details: Original goldtop lacquer finish.
Top Material: Maple top
Body Details: Solid mahogany pancake body with three piece maple cap. The pickup routes have been widened to accommodate humbuckers.
Neck Material: Mahogany neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood fingerboard
Neck Profile: C shape
Fingerboard Radius: 10.0“
Nut Width: 1-11/16″
Neck Details: Three piece laminate mahogany set neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. There is no evidence of any cracks or repairs – all solid. The neck has been refretted some time long ago.
Electronics: The original pickups have been replaced with a pair of Gibson “Patent Applied For” pickups, but these are not the legendary 50s PAFs but rather a later PAF style pickup reissued by Gibson. The extra routing required to house these humbuckers is not a pretty job, but everything is hidden so the work is not apparent (unless you know …)
Original wiring with three-way selector switch, volume and tone controls for each pickup, appears to be intact.
Pickup Measurements: Neck 7.6k Bridge 8.1k
Hardware: Gibson Deluxe tuners appear to be original. Nut appears original. Gibson ABR-1 bridge & tailpiece original. There is a screw hole below the lower bridge post which appears to serve no purpose.
Pickguard appears original. Both pickup surrounds are not original. The bridge pickup surround appears to be correct Gibson, but the neck surround is not. The “Standard” truss rod cover appears to be Gibson, but is not original to this guitar.
Weight: 10.1 lbs
Cosmetic Condition: This guitar has moderate wear for its age. The body has dents, scratches, areas of chipped and worn finish, and medium buckle rash on the back.
Some weather checking and natural finish striations on the body and headstock, which are actually very attractive and adds to the true vintage vibe of this instrument.
Comments: Plays well with low action and light neck relief. Truss rod is fully adjustable.
This is actually a very good guitar to play. Great pickups, with sustain for days. Yes, it has dings & blemishes & some serious mods, but with this guitar you can own a genuine vintage piece that plays & sounds great for less than the price of a new LP.
What you would call a good classic player’s guitar.
Comes in a later moulded hard case in good condition.