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


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Up for sale, a 1979 Gibson "The Paul," honestly played and professionally setup, complete with a Gibson USA hardshell case. A simple, straightforward Gibson model available 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. Being less dense than maple, walnut 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 3oz, 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 modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle increase in overall roundness and shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets, dressed in the instrument’s lifetime and retaining a surprising amount of meat given their relatively flat factory fret crowns. The frets currently show only faint wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. 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. The back of the headstock also has an original "Gibson Authorized Dealer" sticker, noting that this guitar was sold new in an international market.

All of the electronics work as intended, with patent number embossed baseplates on the T Tops and clean date stamps from February and March of 1979. The wiring harness has CTS pots that date to the 51st week of '78. Hardware includes a modern chrome Nashville bridge and stopbar, and modern Gibson-style strap buttons too. Plastics include a modern quartet of black speed knobs, identical in style to the originals.

The Walnut satin nitro lacquer finish exhibits notable forearm wear through the lacquer on the lower bout on top, with buckle rash extending below the belly carve on the back and some additional small nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole. There is also a very faint outline of a previously removed sticker(s) on the lower bout on the back. The finish has been worn to the smooth, bare walnut on the neck profile.

A circa-1990s Gibson USA brown tolex case with pink plush interior is included. The case retains its leather handle and stock latches save for the combination lock which has been bypassed.