In late 1960, Gibson replaced the Les Paul body shape with the SG design. When the original Les Paul was relaunched in the late '60s, the new "Standard" in the catalog was dubbed the Les Paul Deluxe until the actual Standard came back in in 1975 (though there were a few reissues of '50s Standards made in 1968 and 1969). The new Les Paul Deluxe included a four-ply Maple and Mahogany body, a three-piece Maple neck, and mini-humbuckers instead of PAFs.
Years of Production: 1969 - 1985, 1992 - 2009
Unique to this Era: Starting in 1977, Les Paul Deluxe has two-piece body: Mahogany with Maple top like the original eras of Les Pauls.
Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody
Wood Composition: Mahogany body with Maple top, three-piece Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Two mini-humbucker pickups, trapezoid inlays, Kluson deluxe tuners, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, white pickguard, bound fingerboard, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge
Finish Specifications: Gold is a standard finish for the Les Paul Deluxe of 1979, though other finishes are produced.
Notable Les Paul Players: Jimmy Page, Slash, Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Pete Townshend