GIBSON LES PAUL SIGNATURE

  • Gibson Les Paul Signature

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  • electric guitars

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1973 to 1979

In 1969 Gibson introduced a series of guitars with low impedance pickups including the Les Paul Personal and Les Paul Professional models. Les Paul favoured low impedance pickups for the clarity they gave to his clean jazz tone.
In 1973 Gibson added a semi-hollow bodied guitar to their low-impedance series, called the Les Paul Signature. The model was produced until around 1979.

The Les Paul Signature looks like an ES-335 with an extended lower cut-away. Inside it is more like the ES-330: it does not have the solid central block of wood under the pickups and bridge: instead it has a block under the bridge only. A few early Signatures had the Les Paul Recording pickups installed, most came fitted with the rectangular low-impedance type. This guitar came with individual low and high impedance output jacks (on the front and side of the guitar, respectively). In 1976 high and low impedance humbuckers became an option on this model. Finish options were Gold Top (around 1400 Gold Top Les Paul Signatures were made - walnut was used for the back and sides on Gold-tops) or Tobacco Sunburst (a much rarer finish option with less than 100 made).
 

Specifications (25)

Body

Body back materialmaple body back, walnut body back
Body shape featuresarchtop, double cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides, walnut body sides
Body styleES-335 style, archtop
Body top materialmaple body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstrapezoid fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsgold finish, tobacco finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings

Neck

Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

Prices (3)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2017$3000new
1973$495excellent
1973$495excellent

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