Gibson Les Paul Custom 1971 Black Beauty
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Gibson Les Paul Custom "Norlin Era" Electric Guitar 1970 - 1985


While made during one of the company's most controversial eras when many players saw a sacrifice of quality for profit margins, the Gibson Les Paul Customs of the Norlin Era can be diamond-in-the-rough finds for players with a keen eye. In particular, if you're looking for iconic LP growl with the workhorse construction that made these guitars a legend in the first place, many guitarists and luthiers alike point to the late '70s/early '80s models as capstones of the era.

Product Specs

  • Les Paul Custom
  • Alpine White
  • Brazilian Rosewood
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Sunburst
  • Ebony
  • Goldburst
  • Goldtop
  • Natural
  • Silver
  • Silverburst
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • Wine Red
  • 1970 - 1985
Made In
  • United States
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Gibson Les Paul Custom "Norlin Era" Electric Guitar 1970 - 1985
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  • Unbelievable!

    I’ve heard all of the myths. ‘52-‘60 & ‘69-‘69 are good. The earlier the better. Norlin years, especially ‘70-75 are terrible. Right? Wrong!!! I just bought a 1970, and it is hands down the NICEST sounding Les Paul I have ever played., and it has sustain for days. It’s heavy, but no more so than m…

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  • 78 LP: Great Vlaue

    I own a 78 LP Custom Black Beauty that I bought cheap back when whammy bars and hair spray ruled! The mid-late 70's LP's are really underrated guitars. Fabulous tone and playability. If you like Classic 70's rock, this is the ticket for wayyyy cheaper than the 60's models. I also own a recent Cu…

  • 1977 Gibson les Paul Custom

    Verified Purchase

    After accidently running over my 1970 Les Paul Custom by mistake I was devastated! I found this 1977 black beauty and it looks and feels identical to my first one and I love it!

  • Verified Purchase

    The best workmanship, with the best head and position!

  • 1972 Les Paul Custom Sunburst

    Mine plays like butter, t-top pickups are amazing, all mahogany construction. Beautiful guitar. They can be hit or miss later on with the maple necks but damn, 72 les pauls are great.