1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom

A gorgeously worn one-owner Gibson Les Paul Custom that was bought new here in Kitchener-Waterloo over a half-century ago. The guitar is largely original and unbroken and has just enjoyed a full set-up on our repair benches.

Original electronics with pots dated the 3rd week of 1971. Pickup DC values are 7.65 (n) and 7.85 (b). The guitar’s Bigsby tailpiece was added in the early 1970s, the control knobs, tuners, jackplate, one nylon saddle and nut are fairly recent replacements. All other hardware, finish, and frets are factory original. Despite the heavily worn finish and to-be-expected fretwear, the guitar remains in very good structural condition and plays well on low-feeling frets. The original Patent # pickups sound meaty and alive, and the electronics work without issues.

The neck has a full width and a comfortably deep and round carve; the nut measures 1-11/16”, and the neck thickness measures .88” at the 1st fret and 1.01” at the 12th fret. Get a padded strap for this one, though, as it tips the scales at 11-3/4lbs.

The finish is heavily worn on the back’s lower edge and side adjacent to the tailpiece from a metal-covered strap. There is belt buckle wear as visible in the photos, and the strap-button has been moved to the side’s upper shoulder. The neck finish shows a few chips and worn-away fretboard edges, and the pickguard’s top layer is pickworn and smoothed out from years of playing. All told, the guitar looks incredible from every angle. There’s nothing like honest one-owner playwear on a guitar that’s otherwise unmangled.

With modern hardshell case