Here’s a vintage 100% original, near mint condition, 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. This particular example, serial number 612532, is in near perfect cosmetic condition and includes the original Gibson (rectangular with form-fit yellow interior) hard shell case, the original owner’s manual hangtag, the original Gibson guitar polish, a corresponding polish cloth, and other miscellaneous accessories! This guitar is special for several reasons: 1) It is in the aforementioned cirsp cosmetic condition, approaching N.O.S. preservation, 2) It features a cherry red finish on the back, sides and neck, and 3) It does NOT feature an extra ring around the mini-humbuckers, NOR does it feature the ’71-’72 Gibson embossed pickup covers. With the serial number indicated, it represents one of the earliest of the Sunburst Les Paul Deluxes with a Cherry back. This is an extremely rare, seldom documented, early version of a Les Paul Deluxe.
This ’71 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe features; a 3-piece maple top, a 3-piece mahogany neck, a sandwich body construction, a vibrant cherry sunburst finish, cherry back and sides, (2) Pat. No. mini-humbuckers, the Gibson pantograph headstock logo (’69-’84), trapezoid Mother of Pearl inlays, Gibson stamped Kluson Deluxe tuners, a tune-o-matic bridge with early nylon saddles, chrome hardware, a rectangular Gibson hard case, and a small collection of original accessories!
While I’d like to be able to craft a description detailing the immaculate condition of this Les Paul, I feel that the 50+ high quality photos will do a much better job. So please allow all photos to load successfully, and enjoy!
As mentioned, this Les Paul Deluxe is 100% ALL ORIGINAL and in MINT condition. There are no modifications, no cracks, no breaks, no repairs, no replaced parts, no nothing.
Serial Number: 618204
Pot Codes: 13771X
PU Patent Number: 2,737,842
Pickup Measurements: 6.95Ω bridge, 6.86Ω neck
Weight: 10 lbs. 12 0z.
The original finish looks incredibly glossy, crisp, clean, beautiful and near perfect. It does not display any fading, weather checking, and only exhibits very minor wear inflicted by the an original era vintage strap being left within the case, as well as, several dings which are so insignificant, they are almost impossible to photograph. There is very light, superficial pick wear on the pickguard, but again, is almost impossible to see unless it is held at the correct angle under a bright light. The only fret wear visible is on the first three frets. When taking this guitar apart for photos, I realized I was the first to ever even turn a screw. The control cavity plates were slightly stuck from never being removed for the past 40 years. Every screw is intact and crisp and displays no signs of oxidation. Every single screw was returned to the exact hole from which it was removed.
With regard to function, this Les Paul is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The neck is perfectly straight. Both pickups work flawlessly, all pots work great, and all corresponding hardware is in near perfect condition. The guitar is slightly heavy, which is normal for this era Les Paul. The case is in nice condition and shows it’s been holding this guitar inside for many years. All latches work perfectly and the case does not exhibit any odors.