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1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of very few special ordered Les Paul Standards with full-size humbuckers made in '75 (the Standard wouldn't officially become a catalog model again until the following year), this rare Gibson retains its original pair of T Top humbuckers and a 100% original Ice Tea Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish.

The carved maple top, two-piece sandwich solid mahogany body, and maple 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 weighs 10lbs 2oz, 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 maple neck has very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gently gaining more shoulder and overall heft further up the fretboard, filling out to a nice handful from the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlays, professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat, matching the original fretwire size with a hair more crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features the stickered serial number first seen in '75 with the correct "99" prefix (still stating "Deluxe" for the model, despite the full-size humbuckers). The guitar features an era-correct set of vintage Gibson Deluxe double ring, double line tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. A different tuner set was fitted in the past, as evidenced by the faint halos of larger washers around the correct push-in bushings. There is also a small chip in the headstock veneer just north of the G tuner post.

All of the original electronics are intact, with CTS pots that date to the 35th week of '75 and original T Top humbuckers with patent number-embossed baseplates. And despite the "Deluxe" stickered serial, this Les Paul was routed from the factory for full-size humbuckers. The hardware includes the original chrome Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar, and plastics include the original pickguard and pickup rings, with a modern set of gold reflector cap knobs.

The three-piece maple top has well-matched seams, and the original nitro lacquer finish has aged from a dark Tobacco Burst to a much lighter Ice Tea shade, framed by deeply ambered binding. Cosmetic wear includes some small nicks across the top and on the body perimeter, and a spot of light buckle rash in the clear coat at the treble-side waist. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is smooth and clean with light palm wear through the finish on the profile shoulders, with a bit of additional light thumb wear and a few microscopic marks on the profile length.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included with functional latches, original handle, purple plush interior, and clean Gibson silkscreen on the lid.