Rare 1976 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in Wine Red anyone?
If you are looking for a 1976 then you are going to struggle to find one, especially in wine red. Gibson only shipped 172 Les Paul Deluxe's in that year compared to 2561 the year before and 413 the year after. Of those 172 shipped in 1976, just 14 were in wine red and we are betting this must be the best example out there...
An often overlooked classic from the cusp of a difficult period for Gibson, the Les Paul Deluxe's combination of mahogany body and twin mini humbuckers augmented the sonic palette of this classic instrument becoming the touchstone for 70's tones of bands such as The Who and Thin Lizzy.
One of only 14 shipped in 1976, its not often that these guitars escape some sort of modification or another as misguided owners try and 'upgraded' them. This example is stunning. The high gloss finish is gorgeous and the wine red on both the body and neck reallyset this instrument off. The back of the 2 piece 'pancake' body is free of any marks. The three piece mahogany neck is glossy and vibrant. The fretboard and frets are crisp and shiny with no real sign of use.
Electronically everything is correct
Plastics are in great shape.
The guitar comes with its correct mid-late 70's black Gibson case with purple velvet lining.
As you'd expect from these 70's Gibsons, the weight can be an issue and we have actually had 1975 Deluxes tipping the scales at over 5Kg!! But here this is not too much of a problem weighing in at a comfortable 4.36Kg, sat down the guitar doesn't down weigh on your leg and shouldering this should not be a problem either. The unamplified tone has plenty of sustain, as you'd expect from a good Gibson. The mini humbuckers bring a brightness but retain low end without being as muddy as could be the case with full size humbuckers of the same period.
A stunning guitar that looks and sounds the part, this is probably the finest example we have seen for a while...