Up for sale, a 1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order with the original hardshell case and uncommon Natural gloss nitro lacquer finish. The three-piece carved maple top, 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 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has slender C profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast feel, gaining just a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this particular tonewood featuring pearl trapezoid inlays and refretted with medium jumbo fretwire. These new frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 used in the mid '70s, along with a vintage set of Gibson Deluxe double line tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The guitar was at one time fitted with aftermarket Grovers, as evidenced by the halos of larger washers on the headstock face.
The electronics include the original T Top humbucker pair with patent number-embossed baseplates and ink stamps from May-June of '77. The harness features the quartet of original CTS pots with matching date codes from the 18th week of '77. The hardware includes the original chrome Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar with gleaming chrome plating, and plastics comprise the original pickguard, pickup rings and switch surround, and a particularly clean set of gold reflector cap knobs with flawless silkcreening on the bright chrome caps.
The three-piece maple top has extremely well-matched seams, and the original nitro lacquer Natural finish shows very gentle ambering, framed by cream binding and a dark Walnut gloss on the back and neck. There are just a few tiny nicks on top, mostly located behind the bridge, and some light checking on the binding. There is buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, and a few additional scattered nicks, mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless save for a couple darket marks adjacent to the nut (surface only) from contact with a guitar stand.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is very clean with a silver Gibson silkscreen on the exterior, red plush interior, original handle, and functional latches.