The iconic Les Paul Custom has been the top of the range Gibson solid body since its introduction in 1954. Reintroduced in 1968 in the Les Paul body style after a period of being manufactured under the SG model name, late '60s Les Paul Customs are often regarded as some of the finest solid body electric guitars made outside of the companies '50s golden era. This 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom is a great, early example of the reintroduction of the model, in the rarely seen left handed orientation.
This guitar features a one piece Mahogany body with Maple cap along with a Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard, with the typically resplendent block inlays and split diamond peghead logo found on all custom models. This guitar features the transitional medium tenon neck join, and is pre the headstock volute and 'Made in USA' stamp being introduced in mid 1969. The original waffle back tuners and ABR1 bridge along with the other hardware are all gold, as was the standard for this model. This guitar is finished in the sleek Ebony colour that makes these instruments so recognisable, along with the multi bound top and back.
The body is fitted with a set of patent number pickups that have a well balanced tone with plenty of clarity and bite. This set sound particularly open with a good dynamic response, making it easy to see why pickups from this period are often compared favourably to their '50s PAF counterparts.
This guitar is in very good, all original condition, with some signs of play wear to the back and front of the body, and some lacquer checking to the back of the neck. There is also some wear to the metal parts, most notably the finish on the pickup covers. This guitar is internally and externally original, including pickups, hardware and all wiring. This guitar also includes its original case.
As with all our vintage instruments, this guitar has been given a thorough service by the Vintage Instrument Workshop and is guaranteed for 3 years in line with our vintage instrument warranty.