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1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Electric Guitar w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom, soulfully played and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A great example of a very early '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom retains the original T Top patent sticker humbuckers and delivers plenty of punch and power. Offering rich sustain at 10lbs on the dot, the combination of a carved maple top and solid mahogany body delivers a classic Les Paul tonal profile, with the warmth and fullness of the mahogany balanced by the articulate top end and snappy attack provided by both the maple cap and the ebony fretboard. All three pickup positions are distinct and rich-sounding, with an articulate growl and cut from the bridge position that has ideal treble detail, 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 three-piece mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with significant roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and 1.030" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard retains the original very slender "banjo" fretwire, and this guitar is a true fretless wonder with very flat crowns and moderate, uniform wear on frets 1-5, extending more faintly until fret 9. The guitar plays easily in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports the original gold Kluson "waffle back" tuners with metal tulip buttons, and the multi-ply binding and pearl diamond inlay show significant ambering.

The electronics include the original pair of T Top humbuckers with the patent stickers retained on both baseplates and original gold covers. The harness features untouched solder joints with Sprague Black Beauty tone caps and CTS pots that date to the 42nd week of 1971. Hardware includes a modern genuine Gibson gold-plated ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, while all of the plastic parts are original including the quartet of witch hat knobs with clean gold inserts on the caps as well as the stock pickguard, pickup rings, and switch surround.

The Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish is intact, and the guitar has been honestly played in the best possible way, exhibiting heavy buckle rash on the back and various nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole consistent with decades of use. Perfectly worn-in and infinitely comfortable, the guitar feels intuitive and just plain mean. There is a spot of targeted black lacquer overspray where the forearm crosses the top, and a couple dots of touchup on the back as well. The neck profile shows natural palm wear down to the bare mahogany behind frets 2-5.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case retains the Gibson silver silkscreen on the exterior with a red plush interior, three original functional latches, and the stock handle.