Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Standard in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of very few special ordered Les Paul Standards with full-size humbuckers made in '74 (the Standard wouldn't officially become a catalog model again until late in the following year), this rare Gibson retains its original pair of T Top humbuckers and has a notably clean Ice Tea Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish. The carved maple top, two-piece solid mahogany body, and mahogany neck deliver the classic range of sounds indicative of this tonewood combination, with incredible clarity and warmth. The bridge pickup has round, chiming tones with a hint of growl and great cut, while the middle position on the three-way toggle has an ideal rhythm sound, especially with the neck pickup rolled back just a touch. The neck position humbucker has warmth and woof without sacrificing detail, providing a perfect lead sound and a sweetness that lends itself to complex chord voicings. This Les Paul is quite lightweight for this model and era at 9lbs 7oz, and acoustically the guitar has a clear, smooth voice with top end sparkle and rich sustaining tones. We've had this Gibson professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut, with round shoulders in every register and just a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlays, retaining the original wide/flat Gibson frets which show just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The neck is straight, the truss rod is optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features the original early "Standard" truss rod cover with smaller script than later iterations. The original Gibson Deluxe double line, double ring tuners are intact and very clean, functioning smoothly. A small "2" is also present above the serial, denoting a Factory 2nd for some small finish flaw imperceptible after nearly half a century.
All of the original electronics are intact with untouched solder joints both on the harness and the chrome pickup covers. The CTS pots date to the 48th week of '73. The hardware includes the original chrome patent number ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, and the original reflector cap knobs are present too, with clean text on the caps. The unusual six-piece maple top has very well-matched seams, and the original nitro lacquer Ice Tea Sunburst finish is simply remarkable in its preservation, with a rich, unfaded appearance. Cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle rash, both central to the waist and on the lower bout, along with light wear on the back lower bout body edge and a few additional small nicks, mostly on the back and body parameter. There is also one finish scratch on the treble side body horn on top. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with no palm wear, and this is one of the nicest early '70s Gibson Les Paul Standards we've encountered.
The original hardshell case is included. The original latches are functional, while the stock handle is missing.