1973 Gibson Les Paul Specifications
Solid mahogany body with carved maple top Single cutaway Adjustable, gold plated tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece Black pickguard with white revealed edge Two gold plated Gibson Humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls 3-position toggle switch for pickup selection (individual or both ickups simultaneously) Available in Ebony White or Cherry Sunburst finish Body size:
Length 17¼". width 12¾", depth 2"
Laminated mahogany construction Width at fingerboard nut 1 11/16" Ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays Fine wire frets for "fretless" action Bound peghead and fingerboard Pearl inlaid head veneer Deluxe gold plated, individual machine heads Gibson truss rod with custom truss rod cover 22 frets 24¾" scale length
The Les Paul Custom was a very fine solid body guitar; in early seventies price-lists, the only solid body with a higher list price was the L5S. This is a typical second issue Les Paul (it had been previously been available in the 1950s, then reissued from 1968). But this second issue sold far better, and 1973 in particular was a good year, with 8322 Les Paul Customs shipped. Seventies Les Paul Customs can not really be considered rare guitars, but they are desireable and are often seen as a slightly more affordable substitute for an original fifties Les Paul Custom
Cherry Sunburst is a particularly handsome finish on a Les Paul, and it was widely used on many solid bodies in the early 1970s.
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LP Custom neck pickup only, tone 10. Simple fingerpicking blues, both bright and mellow at the same time
LP Custom neck pickup only, tone 0. Typical woman tone that the LP does so well. Simple blues rhythm part with a few lead fills
LP Custom bridge pickup only, muted rhythm part leading into a bright lead break. The LP bridge pickup is very bright indeed!
LP Custom both pickups, all controls on 10
LP Custom both pickups, all controls on Bridge pickup tone on 0, all others on 10