Gibson / Les Paul Deluxe / 1972 / Cherry Red / Guitar

This is (in our opinion) by far the BEST colour for a LP Deluxe and also the rarest of this period...

Much maligned but unsurprisingly Gibson's most popular model of the 1970s, the Les Paul Deluxe’s combination of mahogany body and twin mini humbuckers augmented the sonic palette of this classic instrument becoming the touchstone for 70’s tones.

This example just oozes mojo. The cherry looks stunning and has survived remarkably well. Interestingly, only 760 of the 5194 Deluxe’s shipped in 1972 were finished in cherry. The back of the 2 piece ‘pancake’ body is exquisite too. The black rings under the stoptail are referred to as ‘goof hiders’, a feature of post Norlin instruments and there to cover slight indescrepencies in the build process. This does not affect the tuning stability of the guitar.  

The three piece mahogany neck shows very little signs of wear. The fretboard is in great shape. It's been refretted and a new nut fitted.

Plastics and hardware are in great shape with only some slight wear to be seen on the bridge.

Electronically everything looks correct with pots dated at week 51 of 1972. 

The guitar comes with the correct  hardshell case.

The unamplified tone has plenty of sustain, as you’d expect from a good Gibson. The mini humbuckers bring a brightness without being as muddy as could be the case with full size humbuckers of the same period.

A stunning guitar that looks and sounds the part. Grab it before it get away…

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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.

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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