The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe first appeared in 1969 as a version of the Les Paul Standard gold top. Initially, it had a pair of mini-humbuckers which used the same cavity as the earlier P-90 pickups, and in fact are mounted in modified P-90 covers.
By the mid 1970’s, full size humbuckers were available, but these are not common. In 1971, other finishes including natural, sunburst and wine appeared. In 1985, the Deluxe was discontinued, but was reissued in 1999 for its 30th anniversary. Many examples of the Gibson Les Paul Deluxe were modified to accept full-size humbucking pickups, but no-one got to this particular one with a router, and the excellent original mini humbuckers remain.
This example was built in the historic Kalamazoo plant in 1973 or 1974, and features the classic gold top finish. And the best thing about it is that it appears to be in completely original condition, with the exception of a newer polished bone nut, which is definitely a professional job.
The frets are original, and wear is minimal. It has had a fret dress or two, but there’s certainly lots of life left in these and it plays great as is. The rosewood fingerboard is quite beautiful and the action is smooth and fast with no flat spots or buzzing, all the way up the neck.
The electronics are original, and these mini humbuckers sound great – like the big HBs but without the mud. These are medium output pickups, with sparkly tops and the clear & full bottom end of P-90s, but without the hum. Outputs are B: 6.0 and N: 5.9. Pot codes are 1377348 = 1973
This one has the era-correct neck volute, wider peg-head, three piece laminated neck, and a four layer ‘pancake’ body. The original Gibson Deluxe double ring tuners are present and hold tuning well.
This one features a wonderful original deep gold finish which has naturally worn to a darker hue, with only a few nicks and small marks – overall remarkably clean. There’s a little bark off in places, and some light buckle rash on the back, but this has been a player’s guitar, not a trophy piece.
And there’s a reason for that – it plays great, and sounds simply brilliant. Actually, it is one of the best sounding LPs of any era that we have had listed at PREMIER GUITARS.
At 10.2 lbs pounds, it’s not particularly light, but certainly not heavy.
Comes in a Gibson rectangular hardshell case in good condition.