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1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Electric Guitar w/ Big Neck & Case


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Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This Custom has all the highly prized features from the first half of the 1969 model year including a non-pancake solid mahogany body, carved maple cap, and chunky '50s-style neck profile carve on the mahogany neck. This Custom is extremely responsive with bold muscle and dynamic cut when played acoustically, offering near endless sustain and weighing 10lbs.

The guitar retains the original pair of patent sticker T Top humbuckers and delivers plenty of detail, treble cut, and roaring, punchy low end. All three pickup positions are distinct, with more snap and taut low end from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has the expected oomph and fullness. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Les Paul Custom with fresh 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.

The mahogany neck has a round, substantial profile carve more akin to an example from ’68 (or the late 1950s), with generous shoulder in every register and significant chunk as you travel up the fretboard. The profile measures .855 deep at the 1st fret, .940” at the 5th, and 1.030 at the 12th. The substantial neck carve is central to the tone and resonance of the instrument. The bound ebony fretboard has been cleanly refretted with jumbo fretwire that has tons of meat, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock is fitted with a vintage set of gold Kluson "waffle back" tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. There are tiny singular touched-up mounting holes for a different tuner set just inset from the Kluson baseplates.

The guitar does exhibit an absolutely invisible repair across the headstock joint, professionally addressed long ago by Bill Collings himself. There is black lacquer overspray on the back of the headstock and extending down roughly half of the neck profile, with no visible serial number. Additional lacquer checking and light aging was applied to the overspray to match seamlessly with the otherwise original finish.

The electronics include the matched pair of patent sticker T Top humbuckers, and both stickers are fully intact. The four original CTS pots date to the 29th week of 1969, and the original Sprague Black Beauty tone caps are present. The original hardware includes the patent number ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, with patina through the gold plating particularly on the stopbar. The bridge also has been fitted with metal saddles in lieu of the original nylon ones for a more articulate and immediate Les Paul sound. The plastic parts include the original quartet of witch hat knobs with gold inserts on the caps as well as the stock pickguard and pickup rings.

The guitar is finished in the original Ebony gloss nitro lacquer, and cosmetic wear includes heavy lacquer checking on the body, with one cleanly plugged mini-toggle hole between the Volume knobs on top. Wear is otherwise limited to some minor dings and finish scratches on the instrument as a whole.

The original black tolex no-logo hardshell case with purple plush interior is included. The case retains three of the original functional latches as well as the handle, with some tolex loss on the lid.