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Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe

Solid body electric guitar

The Les Paul Pro Deluxe was first available in 1978, described as "a hybrid version of our popular Les Paul Deluxe model". Like all late 1970s Les Pauls it had a maple neck, but also features of the Les Paul Custom (ebony fingerboard), the 1950s or reissue 1960s Les Paul Standard (P90 single-coil pickups) and trapezoid inlays and headstock inlays common to the Deluxe and Standard. The truss rod cover engraving is simply has the word Pro in script. In some Gibson literature of the time, the 'Deluxe' is dropped, and this model is referred to as the Les Paul Pro.

Pickups Two single-coil P90
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Solid mahogany, carved maple top. 17 3/8" long, 12 31/32" wide, 1 15/16" thick.
Neck 22 frets. Set neck, three-piece maple. Ebony fingerboard with deluxe inlays. Width at nut 1 11/16"
Hardware Chrome plated. Tune-o-matic bridge
Controls Two volume, two tone, three-way pickup selector switch

At the time of it's inception, Les Pauls were selling well, and Gibson released a plethora of new variants. As can be seen from the pricing below, this guitar was somewhere in the middle of the Les Paul range; finely built and appointed; the cream pickups, pickguard and binding giving it a very distinctive look.

The Pro Deluxe was available until 1982; it was included in price lists from May 1978-Jan 1982. Unusually, it was launched in Europe some months prior to being available in the USA.

The Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe was listed in just two US catalogues, the 1978 and the 1980, but also one by UK distributor Rosetti. Follow the links below to see this model as listed in the catalogues of the time.

Available finishes were Gold, Ebony, Cherry Sunburst and Tobacco Sunburst.

Original Pricing

1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
$789 $839 $889 $999 $999

Prices in comparison to other models, May 1978

The Les Paul $3000 Les Paul Pro Deluxe $789
Les Paul Artisan $1039 Les Paul Standard $749
Les Paul Custom $799-949 Les Paul Deluxe $699
RD Artist guitar $859 Les Paul 55 $519
Les Paul Recording $799 S-1 $519-559
ES-335TD $799 Marauder $419-469


Catalogue Appearances

1978 Gibson Quality /Prestige /Innovation catalogue The first printed publicity was in the 1978 Gibson Quality / Prestige / Innovation catalogue 1980 Gibson catalogue The 1980 Gibson catalogue gave the model a page of it's own
1981 Rosetti (UK) Gibson catalogue The 1981 Rosetti (UK) Gibson catalogue was released in very late 1981, and was the final inclusion of the model in any publicity.




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