1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in Natural finish.

The Blue book Says:

<strong>Gibson LES PAUL DELUXE (1969-1985 MFG.)</strong>
<strong>- 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</strong> (regular humbuckers were optional from 1970-74),<strong> four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, nickel hardware, available in</strong> 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), <strong>Natural (1975-disc.),</strong> or Wine Red (1975-1985) finish, <strong>13 in. wide, 17.25 in. long and 2 in. deep, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1969-1985.</strong>

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I say:

Ok &nbsp;- it’s a Norlin Era Les Paul Deluxe. &nbsp;The serial number from this time is very unhelpful, giving it a range from 1970-75, &nbsp;but the potentiometer codes suggest that it’s 1975. &nbsp; 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 &nbsp;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….). &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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. It does look like the machine heads have been replaced at sometime, but the originals have been reinstalled thereafter,

All electronics are original and crackle free. &nbsp;The Mini Humbuckers were quite a surprise to me – they drove my amp harder than I’d expected and sound amazing. &nbsp;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.