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1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w/ Case, T Tops


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Up for sale, a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order with the original hardshell case. The three-piece carved maple top, solid (non-sandwich) mahogany body, and maple neck deliver the classic range of sounds indicative of this tonewood combination, with incredible clarity and warmth. Loaded with the original pair of T Top humbuckers, the bridge pickup delivers 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 9lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl trapezoid inlays and the original wide/flat medium jumbo fretwire which shows only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the "Standard" truss rod cover is intact. The headstock features the original nickel Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with uniform surface patina.

The electronics include the original T Top humbucker pair with patent number-embossed baseplates and ink stamps from March 6th, 1978. The harness features untouched solder joints and the quartet of original CTS pots with date codes from the first quarter of '78. The hardware includes the original chrome Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar with gleaming chrome plating, and plastics comprise the original pickup rings and switch surround, and a particularly clean set of gold reflector cap knobs with clean silkscreening on the caps.

The three-piece maple top has extremely well-matched seams, and the original nitro lacquer Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish shows light pick scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, with scattered dings and finish scratches across the back and back body edge. Wear on the top is more restrained, with just a few minor marks and some light scuffing along the lower bout binding edge. There are also a couple doweled and touched up extra strap button holes adjacent to the current button locations.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case is very clean with a silver Gibson silkscreen on the exterior, purple plush interior, original handle, and functional latches.