Up for sale, a 1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order with an absolutely massive 50s-style neck profile carve. Featuring a Goldtop nitro lacquer finish, this Les Paul has ideal saturation and tint to satisfy vintage purists, with a hint of oxidation and greening on the edge of the top and between the pickups.
Weighing 9lbs 11oz, the solid sandwich mahogany body and carved maple cap deliver an acoustic tone with healthy projection and a sweet, singing natural quality. The original patent stickered mini humbuckers have a distinctive roundness, definition, and punch with a glassy treble sparkle and ideal bass register heft. The bridge pickup has a nice growl and cut when you dig in, and the neck pickup is taut and full-sounding. We've had this Les Paul Deluxe professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has just about the biggest neck profile carve we've ever seen on a vintage Les Paul. It’s a mighty log of a neck that fills the palm, chords easily, and contributes to the notable sustain and resonance of the instrument. Offering "baseball bat" heft and generous shoulder, the profile measures .910" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to 1.120" at the 12th. The original wide/flat fretwire is intact with a fretless wonder-worthy flat fret dress, very flat and low and showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9 (if taller fretwire is desired, we can refret the instrument at the buyer's discretion). The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted, and notes ring out clearly. The original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original "Deluxe" truss rod cover, with "Les Paul Model" gold silkscreened text and inlaid Gibson logo. The back of the headstock has a very small volute and original Gibson Deluxe double line double ring tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with stock Sprague Black Beauty tone caps and original CTS pots which date to the 1970. The humbuckers each retain the original patent number stickers on the baseplates, and the pickup rings are framed by the slender plastic "goof rings" seen on many early '70s Gibsons. The neck pickup cavity also reveals the transitional medium length neck tenon. The original patent number ABR-1 bridge with nylon saddles and corresponding stopbar tailpiece are both present, and the chrome plating has plenty of shine. All of the original plastic parts are accounted for as well including the switch surround, pickguard, and quartet of deeply ambered reflector cap knobs with clean silkscreen text on the chrome caps.
The finish is 100% original save for one filled extra strap button hole with a dot of touchup just south of the switch plate on the back. Save for the faint greened oxidation of the gold on the edges of the top and between the humbuckers, wear on the maple cap is limited to only a few minor marks on the bronzed Goldtop nitro lacquer. There is light buckle rash central to the back, and some additional faint dings and scuffs on the back and body parameter. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is extremely smooth and free of palm wear.
A vintage Gibson "chainsaw" hardshell case is included.
A note on shipping: Shipping in the continental USA will be $175, fully insured and shipped via FedEx Express. Two-Day and Overnight shipping available for an additional fee at buyer's request. We happily ship worldwide.