Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop, soulfully played and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the last '70s Les Pauls to feature a mahogany neck, this Goldtop has a bold and articulate acoustic voice with no shortage of punch and sustain, and the instrument is quite lightweight for a Les Paul from this era at only 9lbs 2oz.
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. 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 .790" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlay, and the guitar has been professionally refretted with slender fretwire that has a bit more height and crown than Gibson's stock fretwire in this era. The frets are flawless, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features a set of vintage Gibson Deluxe double line double ring tuners with push-in conversion bushings, as the guitar was at one time fitted with Grovers, as evidenced by the ghosting of larger washers on the headstock face. The "Les Paul Deluxe" gold script text is in great shape, and the headstock retains a Gibson inlay with dotted "i" and the original Deluxe truss rod cover. There is a small "2" on the back of the headstock, noting a Factory 2nd for some small cosmetic flaw imperceptible after nearly a half century.
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 12th week of 1974. 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 a replacement cream pickguard, stock pickup rings and switch surround, and the original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs.
The Goldtop nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting prominent pick wear through the lacquer, mostly concealed by the pickguard. There is an extra strap button hole on the treble side cutaway tip, sporadic wear through the gloss on the back body edge, and some dings on the back and areas of moderate buckle rash at the waist and just north of the control cavity cover. The neck profile retains its nitro gloss, with palm wear through the finish on the profile shoulders and central to the carve behind fret 5.
The original black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior and Gibson silkscreen on the exterior is included. The case shows moderate wear, retaining original latches and fitted with a modern leather handle.