Some guitars might need a long introduction, with a build up that can place them on a pedestal of excellence – Yet a Gibson Les Paul Custom needs no introduction – You almost know that it does what it says on the tin – So whilst we know the make and model, plus effectively how it will play and perform, I need to update you with specific information regarding this 1976 model with a wine red finish – So in no particular order, then here goes :-
- Don’t expect a light weight LP Custom, especially from the 70’s era, so no surprises then when this LP weighs in at 10lbs and 6oz
- It appears to be all original throughout – No headstock breaks or repairs – No negative issues regarding hardware, pick-ups etc and an original wine red nitro finish
- Stamped 2nd on the rear of the headstock, just below the 6 digit serial number – It is generally accepted that a ‘2nd stamp’ referred to some factory blemish – So with no fault or structural issues, it could be sold at a reduced price with a finish blemish – Jump forward over 40 years and now it is impossible to know what such a blemish might have been, as any such defect will blend in with day to day wear ‘n’ tear
- 3 piece maple neck and a 2 piece ‘pan cake’ mahogany body
- Ebony fingerboard that is still smooth and clean, so very little to report, if any, regarding any nail wear n tear
- Original frets that are still clean and require no fret dress – Low profile yet wide frets – Today it is a point of discussion as to do you keep the frets original or replace them with some medium jumbo frets, with a view to enhance the guitars playing performance
- Original pots – code shows 13776 which further supports the 1976 serial number
- Screening plate over the pots
- Original Gibson pick-ups that both measure 7.3K
- Neck is a comfortable C profile – Certainly not chunky with regards to 50’s models and the relevant replica that are available today from the Custom Shop – Measures .826″ around the top nut end, then fills out to .980″ around the 12th fret – So some meat but nothing to imply chunky
- Includes original black vinyl case with ‘purple’ teddy bear lining – catches/handles okay
- Condition wise and nothing nasty to report regarding serious nicks/dings – Gold wear is certainly less than expected on a guitar that is over 40 years old – Yes some wear, but I’ve seen far worse – No wear to the nitro finish that shows the bare wood, so more with regards to surface grazes and general day to day wear n tear
- Restrung and set-up with a set of 10’s and a fairly slinky action – Of course I can adjust and edit as required
I’ve played this LP Custom through my usual demo amp and tried it through a clean amp setting, subtle gain and hi-gain amp settings – Which ever option you choose, this Custom is at home – Not surprising it works well on a clean amp setting, as it is almost as though it was originally designed to work in a nice combo, with you wearing a tux, in a dance band – No shortage of character for chilled out jazz/blues styles, with plenty of clarity for funky rhythm chops, if and when required – Maybe somewhat of a good accident when a Les Paul Custom first met the over drive channel on an amp – From bone crunching riffs, to scorching hot lead breaks, from the BB King side of blues to shred metal and an LP Custom is happy doing its fair share of work – Granted many speed players, who love an LP Custom, have changed pick-ups to something hotter, including EMG’s, but that will always be a matter of need and taste – From Bowie to the Manics, from Fleetwood Mac with Mr Buckingham to Zakk Wylde, from Mick Jones to Randy Rhodes and there is no shortage of famous players who’ve chosen an LP Custom to handle the lions share of work – All are rock or pop based players, yet they are all different and utilise the same guitar for a different tonal character, so buy and explore the wonders of a nice LP Custom that has plenty of character
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