Up for sale, a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 100% original aside from a professional refret, this Custom has a glossy, saturated Wine Red finish, brighter than most and bordering on Cherry.
A great example of a '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom retains the original T Top humbuckers and delivers plenty of punch and power, weighing 10lbs 5oz. The combination of a carved maple top and solid mahogany body deliver 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 full-sounding, with more snap and taut low end from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has ample oomph and thick cut. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Les Paul Custom with fresh 11-49 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The three-piece maple neck has a modestly slender C profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register and more overall heft as you travel up the bound ebony fingerboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays, professionally refretted with medium jumbo frets that have ample meat and perfectly rounded crowns. 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. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original stickered serial number and small volute.
The original electronics all function as intended, with the stock pair of T Top humbuckers with patent number-embossed baseplates, fitted with more recent gold pickup covers that have enough patina to match the original Nashville bridge and stopbar. The wiring harness retains a quartet of CTS pots which date to the 5th week of '76. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, with black speed knobs, "Les Paul Custom" truss rod cover, pickguard, switch ring, and jack plate.
The gloss Wine Red nitro lacquer finish highlights light curly flame figuing on the bass-side third of the three-piece maple top, and cosmetic wear includes buckle rash across the back, particularly at the bass-side waist, with some additional scattered scuffs and nicks consistent with honest use. Wear is more restrained on top, with a bit of pick scuffing across the guard and a few minor marks. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with just a few shallow marks.
A vintage era-correct Gibson black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is quite clean, with a silver "Gibson" silkscreen on the exterior as well as a silkscreen from the band Yesterday and Today. The case has been fitted with a new handle, and the original latches are functional.