This is a vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar. In near immaculate 100% all original condition, this particular example (serial number 549354) includes the original Gibson hard case, the original owner’s manual, the original trade-in/purchase receipts, the original polish bottle, the original case key, and even the original shipping box! Since we don’t have a chance to turn back the clock nor open our dream time capsule, we’ll have to settle for this near perfect specimen instead.
Serial Number: 549354
Pot Codes: 137-74xx
Weight: 9 lbs 9 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 7.43Ω, neck 7.69Ω
This ’74 Gibson Les Paul Custom features: a sandwiched mahogany body construction, 3-piece maple top, the original sunburst finish, 3-piece mahogany neck with a with a volute, humbucking pickups, diamond peghead inlay, gold insert reflector knobs, gold Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece, all gold hardware, all original parts, the original hard shell case, original owner’s manual, original Manny’s New York trade-in purchase receipts, original polish bottle and the original shipping carton dated mid-’74!
As mentioned, this example is in near new 100% all original condition. There is perhaps one or two superficial indentations on the back of the body from sitting with this guitar against one’s lap, and slight metal oxidation on the gold pickup covers, which is notoriously inevitable. However, there does not exist light playing wear nor fading, The guitar is extremely crisp with no indication that this guitar was used for more than several hours. The frets, fingerboard and neck are in near perfect shape, and the overall condition could easily be considered a 9.8/10.
This example feels amazing, plays great and sounds fantastic. The Pat. No stamp humbucking pickups produce a well balanced and robust tone. The guitar retains a factory setup, and it plays surprisingly easily.