Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom 20th Anniversary model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original aside from a set of vintage-spec Kluson tuners, this Custom has a very vibrant and unfaded Cherry Sunburst finish. A great example of a '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom retains the original T Top patent sticker humbuckers and delivers plenty of punch and power, weighing 10lbs 5oz. The combination of a carved maple top and solid mahogany body deliver 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 top and the 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 very slender, fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut with appreciable depth and overall chunk as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The original very slender "banjo" fretwire is intact on the ebony fretboard, which also boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays, with a 20th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret. The frets have ostensibly been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing zero wear and playing cleanly in every register. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a modern set of Kluson Deluxe gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons, perfectly matching the footprint of the original gears. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original stickered serial number, one of the very first to be serialized in this fashion at the tail end of '74. There are some small nicks on the headstock edge, and one small circular wear mark just below the stickered serial.
All body routes are original and the electronics are untouched, featuring original patent sticker T Top humbuckers. Both patent stickers are partially intact on the pickup baseplates, and the original CTS pots date back to the 3rd week of 1973. The hardware consists of an original patent number gold ABR-1 bridge and original tailpiece. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, with clean gold inserts on the caps of the witch hat knobs, stock truss rod cover, pickguard, switch ring, and jack plate.
The gloss Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is very well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to some small scattered marks on top, with some finish scratches and dings on the back, but certainly shy of “buckle rash” and overall quite restrained. The neck profile exhibits just a few minor dings and a sliver of palm wear on the treble side shoulder from frets 1-5.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is quite clean, with a clean silver "Gibson" silkscreen on the exterior. The case has been fitted with a new handle in the correct vintage style (original handle also included, and the original latches are functional.