Here’s a 36 year old guitar that looks like it fell out of a time machine! Maybe it was played for a couple of months back in ’79, when it was new. Maybe it was only played for half an hour in church on Sundays. Maybe it’s been locked in a bank vault since the early eighties. Whatever, it’s in astonishing condition for its three-and-a-half decades.
Magnificent Cherryburst finish
First up, the color – ‘Layla’ here was a little difficult to photograph. Pic # 2, (the front, full-length shot), is the best representation of the magnificent Cherryburst finish, though the transition between the cherry and the yellow of the burst is noticeably smoother in real life. (Digital photography has a nasty inclination to exaggerate reds in some lighting) The cherry in the back is more vibrant than it appears in pic # 4.
Less than 1%
With the Les Paul Deluxe having debuted in 1969, the first left-handed Deluxes came in 1971, though only available as Goldtops. The following year 25 Cherryburst Deluxes were built. Lefty production numbers remained low for all of the model’s original fifteen year run, with less than 1% ever completed in Cherryburst – and only 28 of them in 1979. This must be the cleanest and best kept of them all!
Construction is the Les Paul’s traditional Mahogany body and a three-piece Maple top, with the sixties profile, three-piece Maple neck. The body is bound on top, the 22-fret Rosewood fingerboard is also bound. The board features Gibson’s deluxe pearl trapezoid inlays. Hardware is the deluxe Nashville tune-o-matic bridge, wraparound stop tailpiece and the stylish metal-button Kluson tuners, which featured almost exclusively on the mid to late seventies Deluxes.
Scorching lead capacity
Pickups are the punchy mini-humbuckers, their lower wind-count bringing a more pronounced high-end bite than the standard sized units. Their scorching lead capacity is what helped make the Deluxe one of the most popular Les Paul models. Listen to our soundfile for a dose of Gibson craftsmanship at its finest!
As noted above, the condition is incredible. Though it was completed in late May of 1979, the guitar looks like it left Gibson’s Nashville plant maybe only twelve or eighteen months ago. Complete with its original and super-tough Gibson “chainsaw case”, (pic # 8), this awesome piece of history – in Excellent++ condition – is priced to sell quickly, so don’t think about it too long. (It’s a lefty Les Paul Deluxe, ffs – there’s nothing to think about!)
Free courier delivery
We have this guitar on consignment and the owner urgently needs cash for another guitar purchase, so has agreed to knock $500 off the original listed price of $4500. THIS IS AN URGENT SALE BY THE OWNER! Our normal Just Guitars free courier delivery is still included to any address in Australia, or $100 airfreight to New Zealand, and $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries
Weight: 10lb 8oz / 4.76kg