Re: Odd early 70's custom
Any chance you can take the pickups out and photograph the pickup cavities and the control cavity?
I've heard rumors that there are some odd guitars, legit Gibson guitars, that fall in to that category of "Gibson employee guitars". None confirmed mind you... It could be a non-production model that some guy built on his own time or a prototype of something they were considering...like a Custom Standard...or, Standard Custom? (usually, if they don't go in to production, they are cut up so that they can not be sold or used.)
Or... it could be a knockoff... I think there aren't as many Les Paul Custom clones out there because it's just more expensive to pull one off...so it might be a half custom/half standard that some luthier made...
So, in my non-informed opinion, it's a Les Paul Custard.
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