Up for sale, a 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. With an uncommon saturated Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish highlighting the concentrated areas of flame maple figuring across the top, this Deluxe is 100% original save for a professional refret and modern set of Gibson Deluxe tuning machines. Tonally, the original 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. Acoustically, the instrument has a bold and articulate voice with no shortage of punch and sustain, and the instrument is quite lightweight for a Les Paul from this era at only 9lbs 5oz. 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 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut, with significantly more roundness and heft in the higher registers, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlay, and the guitar has been professionally refretted with fretwire that has vintage width and appreciably more height and crown, in contrast to the flatter Gibson factory fret dress seen in the ‘70s. The current fretwire shows only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, playing easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a set of modern Gibson Deluxe double line tuning machines with greened tulip buttons, and these tuners function well and turn smoothly.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a wiring harness that retains all of the original CTS pots with untouched solder joints, dating to the 44th week of 1973. 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 Tobacco Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the carved four-piece top is particularly unique in that the fourths alternate between plain maple and ripples of broad dimensional flame figuring. Cosmetic wear includes prominent pick wear across the strum path, particularly between the pickups parallel with the Low E, light buckle rash central to the back, and a few additional marks, primarily on the back lower bout body edge. The gloss nitro on the mahogany neck is free of palm wear with a smooth gloss along the profile length and only a few tiny marks central to the carve.
The original black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior and clean Gibson silkscreen on the exterior is included.