SOLD - Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom - USA 1972
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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 angle was reduced from 17 degrees to 14 degrees and the neck tenon was shorter. Starting in late 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.
This Les Paul Custom has a solid mahogany "sandwich" body with 3-piece maple top with multi-bound top & back. The 3-piece mahogany neck small volute and cream binding & tortoise side-dots. Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays. Multi-bound headstock with mother of pearl split diamond inlays and Gibson logo.
This Les Paul Custom plays very well and sounds fantastic. The two original Gibson humbucker pickups have nice strong outputs, they are rich, tonally complex, and sound good at any volume setting. The pickups have the gold pickup covers stamped with the Gibson logo, which were produced for only a few months between 1971-1972 for various Gibson electrics, making this model exceptionally special.
The frets are in great shape, with only the slightest hint of wear beneath the plain strings down near the nut, and virtually no wear up the neck. The action is low and consistent, with no dead spots, and with a responsive truss rod.
This guitar is in immaculate condition, there is hardly a mark on it, and it is remarkably close to the category of ‘Museum Grade.’ A guitar in this sort of shape is a collector's dream, and it defies belief that it is 50 years old. We foresee this beauty getting a lot of interest and attention!
Comes with its original hardshell case in good condition.