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1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry 100% Original w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. The guitar features a particularly uncommon original nitro lacquer Cherry finish on the three-piece carved maple top. A great example of an early '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom has plenty of tonal heft and natural sustain, weighing 9lbs 8oz. 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 note attack provided by both the maple top and ebony fretboard. All three pickup positions are distinct and rich-sounding, 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 three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with slight shoulders at the nut, gaining significantly more roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The original slender "banjo" fretwire is intact on the ebony fretboard, which also boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays. Firmly in "fretless wonder" territory, these frets show moderate uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, with fainter wear extending to fret 5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and if larger/taller fretwire is requested by the new owner, we can easily accommodate for an additional cost. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson "waffle back" gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original serial number and "Made in USA" stamp.

The headstock did exhibit a W-shaped fracture in its past beneath the small volute. This older repair is cleanly addressed, structurally sound, and smooth to the touch.

The electronics are original, with clean patent stickers on the T Top baseplates and untouched solder joints on the original gold covers. The harness is complete with the original tone caps and CTS pots which date to late '73. All of the original hardware is intact including the patent number ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, and there is wear through the notably thin gold plating used in this era. The stoptail also has original factory-installed black plastic "goof rings" around the inserts, a cosmetic accent sometimes seen framing routes on early Norlin-era Gibson instruments. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, with clean gold inserts on the caps of the witch hat knobs.

The original Cherry nitro lacquer gloss finish on top is framed by deeply ambered multi-ply binding, with slender binding in the cutaway. The finish is 100% original with a deeper shade of Walnut on the back and neck profile, and cosmetic wear includes light buckle rash central to the back, some small scattered dings on top (likely from wrist jewelry) behind the bridge and extending towards the knobs, and a few additional nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile shows light palm wear through the nitro gloss on the bass-side shoulder, and the profile is extremely clean and smooth to the palm.

A modern hardshell case is included.