The Paul or The Paul Standard was a variation on the Les Paul introduced in 1978. This guitar was like the Les Paul is shape but used a Walnut body and two exposed humbuckers. In 1979, Gibson also launched The Paul Deluxe which used a mahogany body and a slightly different cutaway horn, along with the more traditional black headstock.

Years of Production: 
1979 - 1980 

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Walnut body, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two uncovered humbucker pickups, dot inlays, Kluson deluxe tuners, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge

Product Specs

  • Firebrand "The Paul"
  • Natural Walnut
  • 1978 - 1980
Made In
  • United States

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Reviews for the Gibson Firebrand "The Paul" 1978 - 1980
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  • Original Owner

    I still have my December 1978 "The Paul". The original T-bobbin pickups have very little top end. I replaced them with Seymour 59's (Zebra's), replaced the 300k pots with 500K CTS, and put quality caps in and it & now sounds amazing. This was my 1st guitar and it took alot of abuse. Strong guitars. It sounds better than my 1996 Gibson Historic R9 Les Paul!!

  • Miss mine

    Such a great guitar. I was fortunate to have the Sg and the Paul made twelve days apart from one another. A friend borrowed my Paul and left it in a bar in Kentucky over ten years ago. Thus the end of my guitar lending.

  • Verified Purchase

    Outstanding guitar, nice and comfortable to play, great neck and action, holds its tuning very well and has classic looks. Great value for a vintage guitar also, cheaper than the reissue

  • Truly one of the best sounding Les Pauls

    I got one of these on a whim, it was $600, pickups had been replaced by Seymour Duncan JB and Pearly Gates. The ebony fretboard and walnut neck and body make this one of the most solid feeling guitars ever, and the sound is decisive—each pickup and tonal position sounds distinct and Paul-like. And i…

  • A Classic Piece of Art

    Verified Purchase

    The 1979 "The Paul" is a classic. I have played other guitars from the Norlin era and this instrument is exceptional. The walnut body lends itself to a dark sound in the neck position and beautifully rounded highs in the bridge position. The pickups combined are incredible. I can see why those who owned them back in the day and eventually sold them still regret it.