Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1980 in Factory Natural - All Original

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The humble Les Paul Deluxe was introduced late in 1969 to try and meet the demands of modern players. It was a hugely successful guitar, second only to the Custom and it’s reputation as a gigging work horse means that it can be difficult to find clean examples today. The Deluxe underwent subtle changes over the years, with most of them following the general Norlin ‘updates’ that became so highly criticised in later decades. Initially launching with a one piece mahogany body and three piece neck, Gibson swiftly changed to the ‘pancake construction’ method of a mahogany/maple/mahogany laminate with a multi piece plain maple top and neck. A headstock volute was also added to try and decrease chances of neck breakages and this addition grew bigger over the years, before shrinking again close to the discontinuation of the model.

There was no nine hole weight relief throughout the Deluxe’s lifespan (this was started in ’83 but the Deluxe was spared) which unfortunately means that the vast majority weigh well over 11lb’s. We’ve seen many in the 11-14lb range from the mid 70’s and these often feel somewhat lifeless (when played acoustically at least). Deluxe’s were popular candidates for humbucker conversions, whereby the sweet sounding mini-humbuckers were removed and the body re-routed for full size pickups. This obviously drastically effects current day collectability as it is near impossible to restore and convert them back.

So that brings us to the rather special Deluxe we have listed. Finished in factory natural, this is an incredibly rare colour (or lack thereof), with ledger records showing that only 458 natural finish models were shipped between 1970-1980. This represents under 1.3% of the 36000 Deluxe’s produced in this period. Many of these would have been converted to humbuckers or changed in some way, so there is likely only a couple of hundred good examples in existence.

Being a late 79/early 80 example it has some nice features, such as the smaller, more pleasing volute, a one-piece mahogany body (no pancake construction) and a smaller, less ridiculous looking paddle headstock design. It is also a veritable featherweight, coming in at a few ounces under 9lb’s. The entire guitar is 100% original and unmodified, and it still has its original low and wide frets, with no wear visible at all. The board is a stunning dark chocolate brown and the hardware is looking almost as good as it did when new. We believe that it was likely played a small amount when originally purchased and then stored away until today. The Deluxe’s are shooting up in value now and a rare natural example in this condition will be a sound future investment.

How It Sounds

Gibson’s mini humbuckers (original examples at least) have now achieved cult status, with owners describing them as more articulate and versatile versions of their full sized brethren. They are known to respond incredibly well to slight volume and tone control changes, and can go from being almost indistinguishable from a PAT N. humbucker to full on bright and twangy tele territory. This example is very lively and resonant, perhaps in part due to the weight. It’s set up for a mid/low action and plays as if it came out of the Custom Shop only yesterday. One of the finest examples of a Deluxe we’ve seen in recent times.



Whats Included

Original Gibson MKII Chainsaw hard case

Condition Grade

A Minus

Condition Report 

This Deluxe is in excellent condition, especially taking its age into account. The top of the guitar is almost completely unmarked, with one or two pin prick marks showing up under side angle lighting. The back has a very small amount of superficial buckle worming, but we are certain this could be polished out if desired. The neck and headstock are near mint, with only a minute shallow impression on the face of the headstock. There are some small lacquer chip on the back edges, which represent the only real wear on the guitar. The fretboard and frets are perfect as is all the hardware.


Brand: Gibson
Model: Les Paul Deluxe
Finish Colour: Natural
Top Wood: Maple 3-Piece
Back & Sides: Quartersawn Honduran mahogany (one piece)
Neck Wood: Maple 3-Piece
Scale Length: 24 ¾”
Neck Shape: Slim 60’s
Fingerboard Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoids
Neck Dimensions –
Frets: Medium Jumbo
Tuners: Gibson Tulip
Bass Pickup: Mini Humbucker
Middle Pickup: -
Treble Pickup: Mini Humbucker
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck
Controls: - Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), 2 Tone

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