Up for sale, a 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with an uncommonly saturated Cherry Sunburst gloss finish and original patent sticker mini humbuckers, 100% original save for a set of Pat. Pending vintage Grover tuners. Tonewoods include a three-piece carved maple cap, "sandwich" mahogany body, and three-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard. At 10lbs 4oz, this Les Paul has plenty of natural punch and sustain, with an authoritative cut and bold overarching sound.
Plugged in, the patent stickered mini humbuckers in this Les Paul deliver a round sound with great definition and punch. A perfect blend of humbucker and single coil tonalities, the mini hum's tonal properties are enhanced by the maple/mahogany body construction with both wooly bark and great treble cut. The top end snaps and sparkles, while the bass register stays tight and focused, and each position on the three-way pickup selector is distinct and clear. We've had this Les Paul Deluxe professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with notable roundness and more shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlay, with Gibson’s wide/flat fret dress of the era. The frets are quite low, truly "fretless wonders", showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7, playing easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a set of vintage Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines that turn very smoothly, and the upper mounting holes for the original tuners have been cleanly doweled and touched up.
The headstock does exhibit a V-shaped repair which extends across the volute, professionally addressed, structurally sound and smooth to the palm.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a wiring harness that retains the Sprague Black Beauty tone caps and the quartet of the original CTS pots with untouched solder joints, dating to the 51st week of 1972. Both mini humbuckers have clean original patent stickers on their baseplates too. The stock chrome hardware is particularly clean, including the patent number ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar. Plastics include the original cream pickguard, pickup rings, and switch surround, as well as the original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs.
The Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is extremely bold and saturated, framed by ambered binding. The three-piece top has a notably broad central third and well-matched seams. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash on the back and wear along the back lower bout body edge. The top is quite clean in contrast, with some light pick scuffs across the strum path, and some pinhead-sized marks on the lower bout behind the bridge.
A brand new black tolex hardshell case is included.