I'm from Stockholm Sweden and born in the sixties so I think I can try to explain:
Sweden was not a rich country but in the sixties and seventies things where getting better and people was starting to get better salaries and living conditions. Young people who had a work sudddenly had money to...
Harmonica bridge mounted straight? When was the harmonica introduced?
If the bridge was put on later it would have been on an angle? Or the bridge posts redrilled?
And the stop tailpiece also seems to be mounted totally straight?
Should it not also be on a slight angle? Some degrees at least?
Before that I was just into music in general but just seeing Page with a Les Paul really low was the coolest thing I had ever seen! I suppose it is his fault I love Les Pauls. His and Steve Jones
I have a 77 custom and I love it! But I grew up on 70's Les Pauls and I have no experience in pre-Norlin Les Pauls.
I suppose you are in Europe and prices are higher here. I payed around 3000 euros for mine and it had much more wear and non-original pickups.
I have a 77 Custom and the original pots didn't even come up to 300k! More like 275.
I switched to CTS 500k and it became much brighter.
And even a little brighter still if you go with 50's wiring.
Nice guitar! I have owned two Traditionals and they where both great! Both where 2011. A 1960 and a trad pro.
I would spend some time playing it as it is. You say it sounds great.
Not all high output pickups sound bad when turned down or played with clean or crunch.
My biggest surprise was...
Is there a ground connecting all the pot cases?
Do you hear a difference in noise if you hold the strings and then let go?
You could just try and connect the ground wire and listen if there is any change in noise when you touch the strings.