1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black guitar

John Shults

Posted on June 09 2021

Vintage 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom black electric guitar

This clean 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar with black finish and pearl headstock inlay came through the shop recently. Vintage Gibson Les Paul guitars are rarely this well preserved! It even has its original hang tag/owner's manual, rectangle case with yellow interior, and case key. I'm always a vintage Gibson guitar buyer but I especially love all Les Paul Custom guitars. You can contact me here to sell a Gibson guitar

If you're looking for help with Gibson guitar dating and serial numbers then check out How to date a vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar.

Check out a few other vintage Gibson Les Paul guitars that have come through the shop: 

1957 Gibson Les Paul Special guitar

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior guitar

1954 Gibson Les Paul Model goldtop guitar

1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar

1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar

Gibson's Les Paul Custom model was introduced in late 1953 with a single cutaway "Les Paul" body style, solid Mahogany body with no Maple cap, gold hardware, and two AlNiCo V pickups. It was updated to humbucking pickups in 1957 and remained in this configuration until the Les Pauls transitioned to the new SG body style in 1961. The "Les Paul" signature was dropped from the Custom in 1963.

Renewed interest in the 1950s style single cutaway Les Paul guitars brought about the reintroduction of the Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard in 1968. This Gibson Les Paul Custom, made only a few years after the reintroduction, has survived in amazing condition with no breaks or repairs. I was lucky to purchase it from its original owner, Frank. He told me he bought the guitar from Sam Ash in New York in 1970. He played it sparingly and always kept it in its original case. Thank you Frank!

This amazing Gibson Les Paul Custom weighs 9lbs 10oz. The neck measures 1 11/16" at the nut, .81" deep at the first fret, and .91" deep at the 12th fret. The potentiometer codes seem to read 1377040 which would indicate CTS, 1970, 40th week. Check out my blog post here on How To Date Vintage Guitars With Potentiometer Codes.

Vintage 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom black electric guitar

vintage 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom black electric guitar

Gibson Les Paul Custom headstock, pearl inlay, 1970

vintage 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom black electric guitar

control cavity, potentiometers, black Sprague capacitors, 1970 Gibson Les Paul Custom 

 

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