Gibson / Les Paul Custom / 1978 / Black / Guitar

Near MINT as you can get, almost time capsule condition, Gibson Les Paul Custom from 1978 in the ever popular and some would say the best, finish black. If you are looking for one of these, I doubt if you will find finer..

This is one exceptional guitar that defies anyone guessing its 40 year old true age. It barely looks to be a year old and I do not think I have ever seen a 40 year old Les Paul with binding so virginal white as this is. Even the gold plating is almost brand new looking as is the rest of the hardware and the all original finish which is a breathtaking, shiny mirror like black.

According to the serial number, this was one of the Gibsons made at the original Kalamazoo plant instead of Nashville and was production number 108 leaving the factory on 15th February 1978 - the day after Valentine’s day. It is just as well set up as it left the factory when new, there is very little wear on the frets, zero wear on the fingerboard and it is a real joy to whizz up and down the neck on it.

There is hardly a mark on it anywhere, just a couple of small dings in the back of the neck and a few very small marks here and there including some mild worming of the clearcoat on the back. Have a look at the many pics in our gallery page and you will see exactly what we are referring to and I think you will also agree that this is a pretty exceptional example!

All totally original or correct, not a thing out of place and no finish issues, no touch ups anywhere and no repairs at all to this mind blowingly clean example. Included is an original case which does have a bit of wear around the edges but at least it has served its purpose in protecting the guitar from any abuse.

All controls work exactly as they should and both pickups sound superb, well balanced and pretty powerful for 70’s humbuckers. It is a fine match for our 1975 JMP stack and the combination provides real classic tones that you will have heard on many a fine recording.

If you are looking for the best example of a Kalamazoo late 70’s Les Paul then you have probably found it. We think it will be some time before we come across one quite as exceptional and clean as this one is…

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars formally known as Atoyboy Guitars

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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