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Gibson The "Paul"

Solidbody electric guitar

Les Paul > The Les Paul

Gibson's finest solid body guitar, The Les Paul
Gibson's The Les Paul, taken from it's only catalogue appearance, 1978's Quality / Prestige / Innovation.

The Les Paul, not to be confused with any other Les Paul model, was Gibson's finest, most expensive LP model, produced in very small numbers at the Kalamazoo plant in the second half of the 1970s. Just 77 guitars were built, three quarters in natural finish, the rest in Wine Red. The 1978 price list puts this model at a whopping $3000 - compared to $1039 for the next most expensive model, the Les Paul Artisan and $849 for the Les Paul Custom. These were not cheap guitars!

The following description comes from Gibson literature in 1978

Gibson's ultimate solid body guitar featuring handcraftsmanship throughout. Available in either Natural or Wine Red finish, with two Super Humbucking pickups, curly maple top, maple neck, 24 3/4" scale length, 22 frets, ebony fingerboard and gold-plated parts.

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