Up for sale, a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty, honestly played and in perfect working order, complete with the original chainsaw case. This Les Paul is loaded with a pair of T Top humbuckers, and the tonewood complement includes a carved three-piece maple top, mahogany body, three-piece maple neck, and bound ebony fretboard. Weighing 10lbs 11oz with plenty of natural punch and sustain, the maple neck and ebony fretboard ensure ample treble detail and glassy cut, qualities which translate faithfully through the T-Top humbucker pair. All three pickup positions are distinct and full-sounding, with more snap and taut low end from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has ample oomph and thick roar. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Les Paul Custom with fresh 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, offering round shoulders in every register, and more chunk and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The fretboard boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays, with original medium jumbo frets that have good meat, showing moderate wear beneath the strings on frets 1-7 and lighter wear on the crowns extending to fret 10. This Les Paul plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a set of vintage Schaller-made and Gibson-branded gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The guitar was at one time fitted with a different tuner set, with singular cleanly doweled and touched-up mounting holes on the back beneath the current tuners. The serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock, dating to 1980.
The electronics function as intended, with three replacement 500k pots and one original CTS pot which dates to the 24th week of '79. The T Top pair has patent number embossed baseplates with additional date stamps from December, 1979, fitted with a pair of modern gold covers. Hardware includes a modern Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar tailpiece with original inserts. Plastics comprise an era-correct set of vintage speed knobs and a modern five-ply pickguard.
The Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, framed by deeply ambered body and neck binding. Cosmetic wear includes light buckle rash and various nicks and scuffs across the back, with similar yet more restrained wear on top. The neck exhibits palm wear through the gloss on much of the neck profile carve down to the smooth, bare maple.
The original Gibson "chainsaw" hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.