1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom


Oh yeah. Non-sandwich Honduran mahogany body with maple neck, bound ebony fingerboard with pearl blocks, “patent stamp” humbuckers, Gibson-branded metal keystone-button tuners, “Nashville” bridge and stoptail, black pickguard, split-diamond headstock inlay, all the usual Custom stuff. Tobacco Sunburst…everywhere. This is from that peculiar Norlin period that when Gibson did tobacco burst, they did it everywhere. So not just the top, but the back, sides, back of the neck, and back and sides of the headstock are bursted. Must have been crazy labor-intensive but it’s cool. Gold hardware with some patina, heavily-yellowed binding and finish, plenty of honest wear. All-original save for later-generation “Protector” case, sounds great, plays great, no breaks, and not even that heavy for a ’70s Custom. A total rock machine with good history, as we originally got it from our pal Joey Molland of Badfinger.