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1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst w/ T Tops


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Up for sale, a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This exquisitely well-kept Custom is 100% original save for a new pair of pickup covers on the original patent sticker T Tops.

The guitar features an extremely saturated and unfaded original nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst finish on the three-piece carved maple top. A great example of an early '70s Gibson Les Paul, this Custom has plenty of tonal heft and natural sustain, weighing 10lbs 7oz. The combination of a carved maple top and solid mahogany body delivers a classic Les Paul tonal profile, with the warmth and fullness of the mahogany balanced by the articulate top end and snappy note attack provided by both the maple top and ebony fretboard. All three pickup positions are distinct and rich-sounding, with more snap and taut low end from the bridge pickup, while the neck pickup has the expected oomph and fullness. 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 mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with slight shoulders at the nut, gaining significantly more roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and 1.025" at the 12th. The original slender "banjo" fretwire is intact on the ebony fretboard, which also boasts multi-ply binding and pearl block inlays. Firmly in "fretless wonder" territory, these frets have been leveled and are extremely low, yet show zero wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and if larger/taller fretwire is requested by the new owner, we can easily accommodate for an additional cost. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson "waffle back" gold tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. On the back of the headstock, the guitar sports its original serial number and "Made in USA" stamp.

The electronics are original, with very clean patent stickers on the T Top baseplates and a pair of modern gold covers. The harness is complete with the original Sprague Black Beauty tone caps and CTS pots which date to the 11th week of 1972. All of the original hardware is intact including the patent number ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, and there is wear through the notably thin gold plating used in this era, particularly on the bass side of the hardware. All of the plastic parts are stock as well, with clean gold inserts on the caps of the witch hat knobs.

The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer is bold and glossy, extremely well-preserved with just two small touched up nicks on top behind the bridge. Wear is otherwise limited to light buckle rash central to the back and a few additional minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile is free of palm wear, retaining its smooth nitro lacquer gloss.

A hardshell case is included.