Up for sale, a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. A visually striking iteration of the Custom with a stunningly-clean Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish, this Les Paul is loaded with a pair of T Top humbuckers. The tonewood complement includes a three-piece carved maple top, sandwich mahogany body, three-piece maple neck, and bound ebony fretboard. Weighing 10lbs 2oz with plenty of natural punch and sustain, the maple neck and ebony fretboard ensure ample treble detail and glassy cut, qualities which translate faithfully through the T-Top humbucker pair. All three pickup positions are distinct and full-sounding, with more snap and taut low end from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has ample oomph and thick roar. 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 maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, round shoulders in every register, and more chunk and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The fretboard boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays, and the original wide/flat Gibson fretwire is in remarkable shape with its full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original set of Schaller-made and Gibson-branded gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. A different tuner set was installed at one point in the past, as evidenced by the singular small mounting holes just inset from the original, reinstalled tuners. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original stickered serial number.
The electronics all function as intended, with the original bridge pickup and an era-correct vintage neck pickup with matching patent number embossed baseplates and small inked date stamps. The wiring harness retains the original quartet of CTS pots which date back '76. The original gold hardware is positively gleaming and the plastics are near mint. The Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish shows zero ambering of the clear coat, exhibiting only a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A vintage Gibson "chainsaw" hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.