1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, mini Humbuckers and natural finish.

The Blue book Says:

Gibson LES PAUL DELUXE (1969-1985 MFG.)
– single sharp cutaway Les Paul-style three-piece mahogany/maple body, deeper cutaway binding, bound carved maple top, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, idened black headstock overlay with pearl Gibson logo inlay and “Les Paul Model” silkscreened, “Deluxe” engraved on truss rod cover, three-per-side Kluson tuners with plastic double ring buttons, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, raised cream pickguard, two mini humbucker pickups (regular humbuckers were optional from 1970-74), four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, nickel hardware, available in Blue Sparkle Top (approx. 230 mfg. 1975-77), Cherry (mfg. 1971-75), Cherry Sunburst (1971-disc.), Gold Top, Red Sparkle Top (rare, approx. 125 mfg. 1975 only), Tobacco Sunburst (1972-79), Walnut (approx. 112 mfg. 1971-72), Natural (1975-disc.), or Wine Red (1975-1985) finish, 13 in. wide, 17.25 in. long and 2 in. deep, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1969-1985.


I say:

Ok  – it’s a Norlin Era Les Paul Deluxe.  The serial number from this time is very unhelpful, giving it a range from 1970-75,  but the potentiometer codes suggest that it’s 1975.   The body is a “pancake” body, where Gibson decided that structurally a mid veneer cross-grained to the main body materials was a good idea – personally I can’t tell any difference – but it looks kind of cool.

Headstock is in good condition, the multi ply  maple neck is also in good condition apart from one ding on the lower side around 12th fret (so you don’t even feel it….).  I suspect that it’s been refretted at some time as the “nibs” for the binding are missing – but it’s a good job, smooth and easy low wide frets with very little wear.  The rosewood fingerboard is in very good condition with little to no wear.

The body has a few dings on the front – but nothing unsightly, the rear shows some bucklerash and a couple of dings – again considering its age, nothing you’d not expect from a guitar that’s been used.

All electronics are original and crackle free.  The Mini Humbuckers were quite a surprise to me – they drove my amp harder than I’d expected and sound amazing.  Compared to modern Gibson Humbuckers they seem a little more dynamic, and possibly a little brighter – but that’s just my opinion….

The original Gibson case has all the clasps intact, and works just fine.

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