This early ‘80s model is a great example in fantastic original condition. The serial number dates the guitar to 1981 and the guitar has all the traits to conform with this. By the 1980’s the Deluxe had lost the ‘pancake’ body it was associated with in the Seventies. The now 3-piece maple neck contrasts visually with the Mahogany body. The rosewood fingerboard is inlayed with Trapezoid inlays. The headstock is still the larger style utilised by Gibson from the late-sixties onwards. The headstock has an impressed serial number with a ‘Made in USA’ stamp below. There is a small volute as the headstock transitions into the neck. The Natural finish is in great condition throughout. Natural was offered from 1975 onwards but with less than 500 produced the finish is amongst the rarest produced during the Deluxe's initial run. Electronics comprise of two excellent sounding original PAT stamped Mini-humbuckers with ink codes, a full set of CTS pots dating to 1981 and two ceramic caps. The loom looks very tidy with no evidence of solder joints being disturbed. Pickups measure 6.5K and 6.15K in the neck and the bridge respectively. The bridge is a new replacement Gibson Nashvile ABR. Tuners are the Gibson branded type used through this period of production. Some of the shafts are bent but the tuners all function as intended.
The guitar retains its original frets with binding nibs present. The guitar plays nicely with a low fast action. The neck is the traditional seventies oval Les Paul profile with bit more depth than the early seventies guitars. This neck has a depth of 22.07 mm at the first fret filling out to a palm filling 25mm at the 12th fret. The nut width is a generous 43.25mm. Acoustically the guitar has a lively ring and plugged in the guitar sounds like a great Les Paul Deluxe with the mini humbuckers offering brighter and snappier tones than full sized humbuckers but with without losing the warmth and weight of a good set of humbuckers.
The guitar comes with its original ‘Chainsaw Case.’