Up for sale, a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and vintage Gibson-branded strap. A great example of a '70s Gibson Les Paul and a finish indelibly linked to Randy Rhoads, this Custom retains the original T Top humbuckers. A real heavyweight at 10lbs 7oz with plenty of punch and near limitless sustain, 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 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 11-48 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The three-piece maple neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with moderate shoulder and more heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The original wide/flat Gibson fretwire is intact on the ebony fretboard, which also boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays. The frets are flawless with well-rounded crowns, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Schaller-made and Gibson-branded gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original flawless stickered serial number of a style only used for a few short years in the '70s.
The electronics are original, with T Top humbuckers featuring patent number-embossed baseplates and a quartet of CTS pots which date to the 47th week of '76. The original hardware includes the Nashville bridge and stopbar, and the hardware retains most of its gold plating, with patina through the gold plating on the edges of the pickup covers, on the bass-side of the Nashville bridge and across the stopbar. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, with clean gold inserts on the caps of the reflector cap knobs.
The original Alpine White nitro lacquer is extremely well-kept, exhibiting uniform yellowing of the finish, appearing whiter on the neck profile from light palm wear through the aged clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to very light buckle rash central to the back, with a bit of even fainter scuffing at the bass-side waist, and a few ancillary additional nicks and dings on the body as a whole, predominantly relegated to the back. The smooth gloss nitro on the neck profile exhibits just a couple shallow nicks on the profile length.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is equally as clean as the guitar, with functional latches, the original handle, a clean Gibson silver silkscreen on the exterior, and purple plush interior. A vintage Gibson-branded strap is also included.