This is a vintage 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric solidbody guitar. This particular example, serial number 140234, features a rather rare Cherry Red finish, an early-’70s 3-piece Mahogany neck, a sandwich/pancake construction laminated Mahogany body, and many other early 1970’s appointments. It has been slightly modified, and while it’s not a collector’s grade piece, it is a very incredible vintage guitar that plays and sounds even better than it looks!
Serial Number: 140234
Pot Codes: 137 7344
Weight: 9 lbs 10 oz
Pickups: bridge- 7.41Ω neck- 7.51Ω
Generally, Les Paul Customs finished in Cherry Red were custom ordered, and while that may or may not be the case, they’re almost as equally rare. This example is quite stunning, with an extremely vibrant Cherry Red top. Complemented by the gold hardware, the overall aesthetic approach is extremely attractive.
Owned by a serious player, the fretless wonders were replaced with large profile frets, and the “waffle back” Kluson tuners were replaced by era-appropriate Grover tuning machines. Both of which were common modification. Additionally, the output jack was replaced with a gold anodized plate, and the knobs, while vintage, are the correct type though missing the gold insert reflectors. Electronically and internally, this guitar is 100% all original, with every solder joint remaining intact and untouched.
This guitar plays and sounds fantastic. The neck is a rather thin profile and sports a super comfortable shape. It’s a really pleasure to play, and the frets feel phenomenal. This guitar includes a non-original hardshell case.