|Comments||Here’s a very cool 1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top with Bigsby installed. Gibson, then owned by Norlin, introduced the Les Paul Deluxe model in 1968. It’s possible that part of the reason for the model was excess stock of Epiphone ‘New Yorker’ mini-humbuckers; it was realized that a modified P-90 cover could hold the mini-humbucker and no major development was needed as there were already Les Paul models, and jigs for making them, using P-90s. The Deluxe was discontinued in 1985.
This example is in good playing condition, and the Bigsby B6 works well. The Bigsby install required four small screw holes by the tail strap pin, and no holes in the top. The Bigsby frame covers the stop tailpiece collars. If desired, the original style stop tailpiece could be reinstalled with minimal effort.
|Serial Number||70188593, which dates to January 18, 1978, production number 93. Built at Gibson’s Nashville, Tennessee, plant.|
|Pricing||$3,150.00 CAD with newer case.|
|Neck||3-piece maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, trapezoidal position markers.|
|Frets||Original frets with some wear, particularly in the lower positions.|
|Body||Classic Les Paul construction – mahogany slab body with carved and bound maple cap.|
|Finish||Original gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The top features the metal flake Gibson Gold Top finish. It’s in good shape with no significant dings or dents. Some buckle rash on the back.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original tuners and electronics. Two Gibson mini-humbuckers and standard Gibson wiring; pickup selector, individual volume and tone controls. The original bridge has been replaced with a newer Gibson part, and the original is in the case. Bigsby B6 added, with the black finish removed.|
|Playability/Action||Plays well and cleanly at a reasonable action.|
|Case||Newer Yorkville (Gibson’s Canadian distributor) case included.|
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