2001 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop 30th Anniversary Reissue Limited Edition.

The Blue Book Says:

LES PAUL DELUXE (1969-1985 MFG.)

single sharp cutaway 3-piece mahogany/maple body, 13 in. wide, 17.25 in. long and 2 in. deep, 24.75 in. scale, deeper cutaway binding, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, “Deluxe” engraved on truss rod cover, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, widened blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3-per-side Kluson tuners with plastic double ring buttons, nickel hardware, 2 mini humbucker pickups (regular humbuckers were optional from 1970-74), 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3-position switch, available in Blue Sparkle Top (approx. 230 mfg. 1975-77), Cherry (mfg. 1971-75), Cherry Sunburst, Gold Top, Red Sparkle Top (rare, approx. 125 mfg. 1975 only), Tobacco Sunburst, Walnut (approx. 112 mfg. 1971-72), Natural or Wine Red finishes, mfg. 1969-1985.

LES PAUL DELUXE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY

similar to Les Paul Deluxe, except has mini-humbucker pickups, chrome hardware, standard pearloid trapezoid inlays (w/o anniversary markings), available in Ebony, Wine Red, or Bullion Gold (mfg. 2001-02) finish, mfg. 1999-2002. – add 10% MSR for Bullion Gold finish.

I Say:

Always fancied trying a Deluxe just to see what the mini humbuckers were like.

This is in remarkably good condition! – the frets show little if any wear – the fingerboard seems to have just one patch of wear (clearly the last owner had a significant fondness for vibrato on the G string around 2nd fret!).  The 50’s style rounded neck is a good handful, but comfortable and the rear of the neck is unmarked.

The top is in great condition but does show some lacquer checking lengthwise along the body  – I’ve added some flash photographs at the end to that you can see the full extent of the checking.  Bear in mind – it barely shows in the natural light pictures, but it’s like neon in the flash pictures! – I actually quite like it and view checking as just part of the ageing process.  It’s also particularly common on Goldtops – something to do with the metal flakes in the lacquer from what I’ve read.

The rear shows only very light surface marks – no real buckle rash.

The sound – well – it’s not like a “normal” Les Paul – the sound has much more top end spank – not really suitable for a “Metalhead” – but if you’re used to a Strat and the sound that gives, this is kind of a halfway house.  If Pop, Jazz, Country, clean playing and articulate clear and bright are your bag – this could be just the job!

Case is likewise in good condition with all catches and the combination lock in full working order.