Gibson / Les Paul Deluxe / 1973 / Cherry Red / Guitar

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 great and has worn beautifully. Interestingly, only 760 of the 5194 Deluxe’s shipped in 1973 were finished in cherry. The back of the 2 piece ‘pancake’ body is well worn too. 

The three piece mahogany neck shows equal amounts of wear. The fretboard is in good shape, the nut is original, and the original frets still have a plenty of life in them. The headstock has had a chunk from the corner off of it as you can see and tuners have been replaced with Schallers. Bridge and tailpiece are aftermarket versions.

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

Electronically, pots are dated to week 44 of 1973. The pickups have been changed to some very cool sounding P-90's though its not clear the manufacturer. 

The guitar comes with a slightly later, late 70's hardshell case.

The unamplified tone has plenty of sustain, as you’d expect from a good Gibson. The P90s are a nice addition sounding suitably sweet and gritty.   

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.

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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.

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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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