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1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom Cherry Sunburst 100% Original w/ T-Tops, Big Neck, Case


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Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced early in the '75 model year, this Les Paul features a three-piece mahogany neck with a notably chunky profile carve.

A great example of a '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom has plenty of tonal heft and natural sustain, weighing 10lbs 12oz. The combination of a carved maple top and solid mahogany body delivers a classic Les Paul tonal profile, with the warmth and fullness of the mahogany balanced by the articulate top end and snappy note attack provided by both the maple top and ebony fretboard. Via the pair of T-Top humbuckers, all three pickup positions are distinct and rich-sounding, with more growl and treble cut from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has both detail 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 chunky C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast feel despite its depth, gaining considerable additional heft in the upper registers, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and 1.045" at the 12th. The original slender "banjo" fretwire is intact on the ebony fretboard, which also boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays. Firmly in "fretless wonder" territory, these frets currently show light wear on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays well in every register, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains very clean Kluson "waffle back" gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its lightly stamped serial number and "Made in USA" text.

The electronics feature untouched solder joints on both the harness and humbucker covers, and the T Tops are an early example with patent number-embossed baseplates. The CTS pots have date stamps from the 8th week of 1975. All of the original hardware is intact including the patent number ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, and there is uniform surface patina through the thin gold plating used in this era. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, including the particularly clean quartet of reflector cap knobs.

The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer is bold and glossy, extremely well-preserved with no touch-up or overspray. There is light figuring across the three-piece top, and cosmetic wear is limited to a spot of very light buckle rash at the waist, one small nick on top just south of the knobs, and just a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. The case features a silver Gibson silkscreen on the lid, functional latches and the original handle.