60s/early 70s Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

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Hey all,
I apologize if this isn’t the right forum for the thread but I would appreciate some help in determining the value of a guitar in my part of Ontario.

The title question relates to this guitar:
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Seller up here is looking to sell his “late 60s, early 70s Goldtop”.
It does not include a case, tuners are not original, bridge maybe replaced?
I have absolutely no clue as to the value and would appreciate the experts here for some input.
Also, is this worth a 2 hour drive to restring and test out?
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The Made in USA stamp puts it in the 70s. Can you make out the serial number? The FAQ Identification thread might give you a closer idea for the year.

Some of the guys on here should have a pretty good idea of value.
 
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You should ask for a side shot of the body. I think in 77, they started to have solid mahogany bodies instead of the pancake ones. I had a 77 and regret selling it sometimes. It had a very thin neck though and I rarely played it.
 

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Pic of the back of the headstock is too dark to see the serial number. Does it have a volute? It looks like it has some honest wear on it, so it was once played a lot, which can be good (70s guitars with problems don’t usually get played a lot).

But if you’re looking for a player, I’d ask for pics of the frets as the early 70s Deluxes have the wide low frets, which some people like - I can’t stand them. I have a 72 Deluxe. It’s a great guitar, but it needed a refret to make it that way. So figure an additional $300-400 for a refret in your overall budget. I’d also ask for pics of the control cavity to see what else has been changed and what’s original (those Grovers aren’t original). As for value, really depends on what buyers are willing to pay, but I’d guess somewhere between $2,400-$2,800 (US $). It could go for more depending on year and condition - guitar prices are stupid right now.
 

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Hello,
He just provided me with some additional pictures and serial number 110742:
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$2500 or less.... I’m a tight wad,... I would pay a lot less for one in that condition.

If it has its original pots... the numbers on them will give you the date....approximately that is...the guitar could have been made weeks to months before or past the pot dates.

137yyww...... y=year.....w=weeks

Example.

1377206 = CTS 1972 February (6 weeks)

Edit; made a correction.
 
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Pic of the back of the headstock is too dark to see the serial number. Does it have a volute? It looks like it has some honest wear on it, so it was once played a lot, which can be good (70s guitars with problems don’t usually get played a lot).

But if you’re looking for a player, I’d ask for pics of the frets as the early 70s Deluxes have the wide low frets, which some people like - I can’t stand them. I have a 72 Deluxe. It’s a great guitar, but it needed a refret to make it that way. So figure an additional $300-400 for a refret in your overall budget. I’d also ask for pics of the control cavity to see what else has been changed and what’s original (those Grovers aren’t original). As for value, really depends on what buyers are willing to pay, but I’d guess somewhere between $2,400-$2,800 (US $). It could go for more depending on year and condition - guitar prices are stupid right now.

I agree with your valuation. I had a 73 Goldtop with similar natural relic wear and a headstock repair. Seymour Duncan p90's, sold for $2350 about 9 months ago. I'd value it around the middle of your range, so $2600-2700.
 

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The 100,000 series of serial numbers is a bit problematic - it was used in every year from 1970-1975. An original pot is probably the only way to find the year.

Again he didn't take a pic of the volute. Maybe it's got a repaired headstock.
 

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Hey all,
I apologize if this isn’t the right forum for the thread but I would appreciate some help in determining the value of a guitar in my part of Ontario.

The title question relates to this guitar: View attachment 566406

Seller up here is looking to sell his “late 60s, early 70s Goldtop”.
It does not include a case, tuners are not original, bridge maybe replaced?
I have absolutely no clue as to the value and would appreciate the experts here for some input.
Also, is this worth a 2 hour drive to restring and test out?
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There's a mid 70s Deluxe, in excellent condition, cherry sunburst, selling at a reputable shop near me (Ontario) for $3499 CAD.

Edited to add; It's been hanging there for 4 or 5 months.
 

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Its not by far a 69 or 70.

Its a late 73 or most probably early 74 according to headstock shape, Gibson logo shape and serial number.
 

John Vasco

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$2500 or less.... I’m a tight wad,... I would pay a lot less for one in that condition.

If it has its original pots... the numbers on them will give you the date....approximately that is...the guitar could have been made weeks to months before or past the pot dates.

137yymm...... y=year.....m=month

Example.

1377202 = CTS 1972 February

The last two numbers on the pots are the week, not the month...
 

mudface

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The last two numbers on the pots are the week, not the month...
YES!!......that was clearly a brain fart:facepalm:......indeed it is weeks.....my apology i'll make the correction.

(I'm old and clearly in need of oxygen.)
 

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Can I ask what he is asking for it? Personally if it's within your budget and is in the ballpark of what people are saying on here I'd take a two hour drive to check it out. Worst case scenario is you get to play a cool old Les Paul and chat to someone who likely has some great stories to share

Keep us posted
 

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If you don't like it and buy it, let me know. I would be interested.
 

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