Condition aside, this is just a lovely playing and sounding example of an early/mid 70s Les Paul, bucking the predisposition that Norlin-era Gibsons aren't worthy of consideration.
Why We Love This
This 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in its original Cherry finish is about an hour of play time removed from being New Old Stock!
Certainly one of the cleanest examples of any Les Paul model we've come across, this Deluxe shows off a lovely washed Cherry finish reminiscent of George Harrison's "Lucy", the fabled Les Paul he received from Eric Clapton back in 1968.
The factory Patent # mini humbuckers are an excellent tonal sidestep from the traditional humbucker voice, tightening up the midrange and top end with a leaner bass response and an overall focused and brighter sound. This is the ultimate Les Paul model for the Telecaster fan - it really excels with clean tones and offers a no-hum option with a bit more heft. Middle position with both pickups engaged is just perfect for those R&B, Soul, Funk, and Blues numbers!
Gained up, it's got all that nice clarity and focus with a bit of sizzle - think P90 raspiness with tighter bass and a touch more fundamental power.
The neck is superb as well! Starting at a Medium C profile, it tapers up to more of a late 50s carve at the 12th fret; a less common but welcomed profile for this era.
Plastics, hardware, finish - it's all in fantastic condition! Coupled with an equally clean and original Gibson rectangular hardshell case, it's the total package.