1977 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top
1977 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top

Model Description:

After a number of years when the Les Paul was out of production, Gibson re-introduced it in 1968 as the Les Paul Deluxe. It differed from original Standards in that it had small humbucking pickups known as “New York” pickups made by Gibson subsidiary company at the time, Epiphone. The first Deluxes had a solid, single piece body and a three piece neck. In 1969 the ‘pancake’ body appeared, comprising two layers of mahogany with a maple top. Also in 1969 a volute was added to the back of the neck to strengthen a known weak point. The Gibson logo also lost its dot for a year. By 1970, the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ stamp appeared on the back of the headstock. The Les Paul Standard with normal-sized humbucking pickups was officially reintroduced in 1976 (even though Deluxes with humbuckers were available on special order from Gibson from 1972 and 1975). Between 1975 and about 1980, Gibson introduced maple necks, rather than the traditional mahogany, in a further attempt to strengthen them against breakage. The maple necks proved unpopular at the time and Gibson reverted back to mahogany. The ‘pancake’ body, also proved unpopular and was dropped from about 1977. In 1978 Gibson released the Les Paul Pro-Deluxe with two P-90 pickups. The Les Paul Deluxe was dropped by Gibson in 1985 until it was reissued in 2005.


Guitar Description:

Here we have a lovely, honest, all original, no-issues mid-1970s Gold Top with those great Deluxe mini-humbucking pickups. There is nothing quite like the Deluxe pickups tone-wise – bright and clear. The body comprises the favoured single piece of mahogany, rather than a ‘pancake’ body. The maple neck, however, may put some purists off but it has a lovely slim shape and you know it’s relatively safe from the dreaded neck breaks that plague so many Gibson mahogany necks. Forget the petty prejudices and give one a go. I don’t believe the idiosyncrasies make any appreciable difference to the sound whatsoever, so it’s a case of snobby aesthetics over practicality. The Deluxe shows some general wear and tear but that’s often a sign of a good ‘old’ guitar; they get played! The original gold finish has become a bit ‘blotchy’ over the years but it is only cosmetic and at least it doesn’t have any of the relatively common ‘greening’ caused by oxidation of the gold when exposed to air. The original Deluxes from the 1970s are now becoming much sought after. Get one while you can.


  • Gold finish on the front, otherwise natural
  • Single piece mahogany body with maple cap
  • Maple set neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and trapezoid markers
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Chrome hardware
  • Original nickel Kluson tulip tuners
  • Original scratchplate
  • Original mini-humbucking pickups
  • Original switch, knobs, strap buttons and jack plate
  • Original bridge and tailpiece
  • Old, tatty non-original hard shell case



  • Pete Townshend (The Who)
  • Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy)

Detail Gallery:

← Return to ‘Instruments’ page

Like it? Why not share it?