Up for sale, a 1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. From the first year the Les Paul Standard was officially reintroduced to Gibson's catalog lineup, this guitar features the original T-Top humbucker in the neck position and an early Tim Shaw PAF at the bridge.
Tonewoods include a three-piece carved maple cap with well-matched seams, a "sandwich" mahogany body, and three-piece mapel neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard. Bold and authoritative acoustically, the guitar weighs 10lbs 14oz with crisp note attack and exquisite sustain. The original T Top humbucker in the neck position has warmth and woof without sacrificing detail, providing a perfect lead sound and a sweetness that lends itself to complex chord voicings. The bridge pickup is an early Tim Shaw PAF circa 1980, Gibson's first attempt at reengineering their golden age humbucker formula, and still one of their most highly regarded. Metering at 7.5k ohms, the pickup has a clear, harmonically complex sound with rich growl. This Les Paul Standard benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, feeling both substantial and fast, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlays, refretted with medium jumbo fretwire that has plenty of meat and shows no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the original nut is also included. On the headstock, the original "Standard" truss rod cover is intact, and the guitar is fitted with a modern set of vintage-spec Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with metal keystone buttons. There are subtle halos on the headstock face from the washers of a previously installed tuner set. The original oval stickered serial number is intact with the correct 06 prefix for 1977.
The electronics include the original T Top humbucker pair in the neck position and a Tim Shaw PAF at the bridge, identified in part by the unique PAF sticker on the baseplate. The harness features the quartet of original CTS pots with date codes from the 53rd week of '76. The hardware includes a modern chrome-plated Nashville bridge (original included in case) and the original stopbar tailpiece. Plastics comprise the original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs, as well as the original pickguard and switch surround. One pickup ring has been replaced (original included in case), and the amber switch tip is also a later substitution.
The three-piece maple top has extremely well-matched seams, and the original nitro lacquer Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish exhibits some scattered minor marks on top. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to very light buckle wear at the bass-side waist on the back and similarly restrained wear along the back lower bout body edge. The lacquer on the neck profile has light palm wear through the gloss on the profile shoulders (favoring the treble side).
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case shows some general wear and tear, structurally sound with the original late '70s Gibson bade on the exterior, the original handle, and majority of the latches.