Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Solid Body Electric Guitar (1973)

Gibson  Les Paul Deluxe Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1973)
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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1973), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 130584, gold lacquer top, natural back and sides finish, mahogany body with maple cap, laminated mhogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
 
Overall length is 39 3/8 in. (100 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This 1973 gold-topped Deluxe is a well-played veteran of the New Yawk 1970s and '80s, a genuine relic with some scars to prove it but still going strong. There is a decent but not excessive amount of wear overall, with a nice smoky patina to the gold top. There is a spot of armwear to the gold top in the obvious spot, and one deep ding into the lower edge by the controls. The back of the body has two decent-sized buckle wear spots, and the back of the neck is down to the wood for a decent amount of its area. There is a chip in the back of the headstock above the serial number but no cracks or breaks anywhere.

Much of the hardware is still original though there are some typical period substitutions...this was the '70s after all. The pickups and wiring rig are original and untouched; this one was never routed for a set of "DeeMartzeeios" like many in NY were in the late '70s! The tuners were changed to gold-plated Grover Rotomatics, the pickguard is an old exact replacement from WD, and the tailpiece is marked "Japan".

The Tune-O-Matic bridge, amber capped knobs, and 3-way switch are original (the knobs have a few chips to the upper rims) while the strap buttons are '70s Straploks. The jackplate is a chrome metal replacement; the original cream plastic one certainly long ago having broken as it always did. The jumbo frets have visible wear and have been crowned (probably more than once), but the guitar still plays very well. This guitar is a genuine relic in an era of artificially created ones; we don't know its full history but it certainly wears its history well and still roars when cranked! Very Good + Condition.