1971 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Deluxe w/ original 1971 purchase receipt!
Nice and cool 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in a very lush Goldtop finish that comes with the original owners receipt from 1971!!
An excellent example that has been gigged, recorded and loved over the last 50 years with the patina and play wear to prove it. Early 70’s examples are fine instruments that are getting increasingly sought after. Notable users include Pete Townsend and Thin Lizzy guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, to name a few..
First shipped in 1970 the Les Paul Deluxe would replace the Les Paul Standard that itself had been reissued in 1968. In essence the Deluxe was very similar to the 1969 Standard with the Mini-humbucker pickups replacing the P90 pickups of the Standard. This was an interesting time for Gibson, they had stopped production of the single-cut Les Paul in 1960 and the Les Paul model itself had disappeared from the catalog by 1964. With Les Paul back on board the Gibson range would be split between the regular impedance models (Custom, Deluxe) and the newly designed low impedance models favored by Les himself.
Initially released only in Goldtop finish, the Deluxe would be offered in numerous other finishes as the decade progressed. The Deluxe was a good seller for Gibson and remained in the Catalog until the 1980’s and has subsequently been reissued itself.
This 1971 Goldtop is a great example with no cracks or breaks! The finish has taken on the mojo and patina that only a Gibson Goldtop and 50 years will achieve, with every little nick and dent the gold has greened as the finish oxidizes. It’s easy to see why Goldtops have become so popular recently.
Electronics comprise of two excellent sounding original Pat No Sticker Mini-humbuckers with the famous "goof rings", a full set of original pots and two sprague Black Beauty caps. There has been some re-soldering but the pots all date to the first weeks of 1970. The ABR-1 bridge and stoptail are original, the tuners have been replaced by original 70's Gibson Grovers.
As a 50 years old one owner instrument, it has been played loved and looked after, it has all the feel and patination of a 50 year old guitar but has suffered no breaks or repairs and aside from the tuners it is in essence stock. The frets show some wear but the guitar plays well although depending on the next owners preference may need a fret dress. Comes including the original 1971 Gibson Les Paul Case with purple plush lining.