Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1974 Cherry Sunburst

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  • $1,960$3,110

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 and sported mini-humbucker pickups. Between 1972 and 1976, if someone ordered as a Les Paul Deluxe with regular humbuckers instead of mini-humbucker, the guitar would have the word "Standard" on the truss rod cover and would essentially be a Les Paul Standard. The Les Paul Standard was reintroduced as a seperate catalog item in late 1975. 

Years of Production: 
1952 - 1960, 1972 - 1975 (as Les Paul Deluxe), 1976 - present 

Unique to this Era:  From 1972 to 1976, the Les Paul Standard was actually a special ordered Les Paul Deluxe.  

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Four-ply Mahogany/Maple body, three-piece Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two 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: Cherry Sunburst was introduced to the Les Paul Deluxe/standard in 1971.

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


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