Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Solid Body Electric Guitar (1974)

Gibson  Les Paul Deluxe Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1974)
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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1974), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 190089, cherry sunburst finish, mahogany body with maple cap, laminated mhogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex 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 is a splendid example of a 1970's favorite, The cherry Sunburst Les Paul Deluxe showing a few isolated wear spots but overall looking very little played. It remains 100% original, unaltered and far better preserved than many such instruments over 45 years along. There are small dings and dents but the only really notable flaw is a "case lid bite" through the top finish that has been touched up a bit. The pots are dated to the first week of 1974 so it's safe to assume the guitar was built that year, one of 3190 shipped out of Kalamazoo.

It has typical features for the era with a laminated mahogany body and neck and the maple-capped top finished in a bright cherry sunburst with virtually no fade. The fittings include two Mini-Humbucking pickups in cream P-90 style mounting rings, chrome Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece, and 3-way switch with cream Rhythm/Treble ring, 'Gibson Deluxe" stamped Kluson tuners with keystone buttons and amber capped 60's style knobs. The only oddity the strap buttons are factory Gibson black plastic pieces instead of the usual metal; those must have run out at the factory that week!. Even the original cream plastic jackplate is still intact.

The original frets show very little wear, the fingerboard is equally clean. The guitar plays and sounds exactly as expected, with a bright growl that can get quite nasty if desired through the right amp. It is still housed in the original purple-lined black shaped HSC. The Les Paul Deluxe was the most popular "street" guitar here in NYC in the mid-'70's, and many young high-school rock star dreams were whetted staring at them in the windows of 48th Street when buying strings for the Univox or Ibanez you actually owned. This one was spared the many indignities of the '70's (lookin' at you, DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckas) and is one of the cleanest and nicest examples we have seen in some time. Excellent Condition.