1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe


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1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

Well played, killer sounding Les Paul Deluxe dating from 1972 in Cherry Sunburst, this guitar is the Rare Factory P-90 variant of the Les Paul Deluxe Model.

The guitar has had a lot of playing over the years but is all the better for it. It feels very comfortable and played in. The top has lots of natural lacquer checking, nicks and dinks and playing wear. The back has buckle rash and the neck lacquer has been played through to the bare wood in places. The neck profile is very comfortable and feels slightly bigger than the typical seventies profiles we are used to. Importantly there are no breaks or repairs.

Introduced in 1969 the Les Paul Deluxe became the ‘Standard’ Model in the line up until the reintroduction of the Humbucker Standard later in the 1970s, this guitar shares many of the specs and construction methods of other Early 1970s Les Paul Deluxes: 4-piece ‘Pancake’ Mahogany body, 3-piece Mahogany Neck with a 14-degree large headstock and a Rosewood fingerboard with the classic Les Paul Trapezoid inlays. The other hardware is all familiar to the Les Paul, Tune O Matic tailpiece and Stoptail Bridge with some Gibson branded Keystone Kluson tuners.

The biggest difference with this guitar are the pickups; the majority of Les Paul Deluxes shipped with the Mini-Humbucker as standard, this guitar has 2 original clean bobbin P-90 pickups with Gibson branded soapbar covers. The pickups sound loud and clear with plenty of articulation either clean or with some grit. The electronics have had some working with 2 pots dating 1971, one much earlier replacement from 1965 and one is un-readable.

The guitar comes with its Original Gibson Hardcase.