Dating my 70-72 Les Paul Custom

thijst75

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Hey guys - new here. I have had quite a few LP's in the past but always sold them after a while. Recently I got myself an early 70's Custom, but as you all know accurate dating is tricky for that era. I have read through the Norlin Era dating thread but mine does not fit any of the descriptions.


It's probably not 100% original (the machine heads were replaced for starters). All cherry bursts from this period that I have seen have black pup-rings and pickguards, mine has whites. Not sure about the speed knobs either. Maybe the pups were replaced as well, the covers do not have Gibson on them. But then again, maybe you guys know whether this configuration was entirely possible back then.

- The serial number is 962878
- The headstock is wide
- Small volute
- Short tenon
- Pots date to 1971, week 3
- It came with the supposedly original chainsaw case

If anyone has anything to add here, it would be highly appreciated. What is original and what not? Can you determine the exact year of production?
 

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1981 LPC

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Cool guitar! I think I saw it on Marktplaats earlier this week.

Groetjes!
 

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The electronics look original, but the case is probably a later addition. Well, others with real knowledge will undoubtedly pipe in soon, so never mind me :D
 

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Nice guitar……and you covered the most of it.

Everything you think is wrong, is (I can not see the pups) and everything you think is right, is.

Except for the case, and @msalama nailed it, not original……but better protection.
 

mudface

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It appears to be a ‘71.... that being the case the pup covers would not be embossed,... embossed covers are a 1972 feature. The knobs should be witch hats and the plastics black. Tuners could have been waffle backs by the impressions left behind.

The case of course is not original to that era.
 

thijst75

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Thank you all. 1971 is what I was afraid of... for sentimental reasons it really needs to be a 1972. Will have to pass this on and find another one.
 

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Very early 71, one of the first sunbursts - still 70 block letter Gibson logo, smaller later 60s diamond on the headstock and same sized third inlay like the second one near neck pickup - this lasted til mid 71. Nice one, still very similar to late 60s ones.
 

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