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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1978 Cherry Sunburst

  • Reverb Estimated Price Range

  • $2,000.00$3,000.00

Transaction History

Date Source Asking Price Final Price Condition
Aug 2013 Reverb $1,899.00 $1,899.00 Very good
Mar 2011 CME $3,500.00 $3,000.00 Brand New
Mar 0011 CME $3,595.00 $3,000.00 Very good
Jan 0011 CME $3,595.00 $3,595.00 Very good

Like the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom was replaced with the SG body style at the end of 1960. The original Les Paul and Les Paul Custom were not brought back until 1968. Upon its reintroduction, the Les Paul Custom differed from those of the '50s in number of ways: the headstock was a slightly steeper angle, the control cavity in the body was cut in a different manner, and the neck tennon was longer. Starting in 1969, the Custom also adopted a multi-ply body construction with a Maple top like the Les Standard, where the original Les Paul Custom used an all Mahogany body. 

Years of Production: 
1953 - 1960 (switched to SG body), 1968 - present

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Unique to this Year: Two piece body standardized by 1978.

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Maple top, Mahogany or Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two humbucker pickups, block inlays, Kluson deluxe tuners, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, black pickguard, bound fingerboard, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge, nickel hardware, headstock inlay

Finish Specifications: Cherry Sunburst was introduced in 1971 for the Les Paul Custom. 

Notable Les Paul Players: Jimmy Page, Slash, Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Pete Townshend


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