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1979 Gibson The Paul Vintage Walnut Les Paul 100% Original w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1979 Gibson "The Paul" in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A simple, straightforward Gibson model offered for only a few short years at the end of the Norlin era, The Paul features a solid walnut body and neck with a slab ebony fretboard and a pair of original T-Top humbuckers. Offering a sharper note attack than mahogany, walnut has a present, sweet-sounding midrange, and being less dense than maple, allows for ample representation of the low frequencies too. The pickups are warm and articulate with great top end clarity and an aggressive edge when pushed hard, capturing the acoustic qualities of the body. A no-frills tone machine with an ideal tonewood and pickup complement, this Paul weighs 8lbs, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece Walnut neck has a fast-feeling and slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, with wear growing fainter until fret 8. 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" nut width. The walnut headstock face features both the original gold Gibson silkscreen and "The Paul" truss rod cover. The stock nickel-plated Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with metal tulip buttons are intact and turn smoothly.

All of the electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and patent number embossed baseplates on the T Tops, with clean matching date stamps from March 2nd, 1979. The wiring harness has CTS pots that date to the 50th week of '78. The hardware includes the original chrome-plated Nashville bridge and stopbar, both retaining plenty of shine, and the stock quartet of black speed knobs is intact too. The walnut body is quite ergonomic and comfortable, with a subtle top carve on the bass side and belly contour on the back. Cosmetic wear on the satin nitro lacquer Walnut finish is limited to light pick wear on the treble side of the strum path, some faint finish scratches on the back, and a few additional tiny marks on the back lower bout body edge and lower bout on top. The finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a smooth gloss from contact with the palm.

The original Gibson "chainsaw" hardshell case is included with functional latches and red plush interior.