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71gibby

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how does the serial number identify it as a 71?

all of those other features were present for multiple years....volutes varied in size all the time.
True. I can’t definitively say. Serial number is six digit and starts with 6 which could be 1971 or other years as I understand that serial numbers can’t be relied on. I have a 74 custom that has a way bigger volute and have seen mid 70’s deluxes with bigger volutes.
I’ve read that volutes started small and got bigger.

But I’m here to learn so any info appreciated
 

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…..it’s also got a very thin neck which from what I’ve read is common on early 70’s Lea pauls
 

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Why don’t you take some really good pictures of the entire guitar, including the pick up routes and the back cavities?

That headstock looks very narrow to me, I just wonder if it may be a little earlier?
 

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what do you guys think of the refin? Should I anti up the bucks and bring it back to a gold top?
Personally i think you should just leave the finish as is...
That burst is a nice finish (and personally i think nicer than goldtop) and you are never going to get the exact old goldtop colour anyway, so since it is already totally refinished why bother?

Unless of course you don't like the current finish, in that case do what you feel like. Unoriginal finish + your guitar, have at it :yesway:
I'd probably have a new finish done in a stylish 70's metalflake if it were me :cool2:
 

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If you return it to a goldtop, you could fill those pickup cavities and re-install the mini's, the way God intended it to be.

FWIW, Gibson originally painted the "lower grade" tops black or gold because they didn't think the wood was good looking enough to qualify for burst. That's not to say yours might not look good with the grain showing.
 

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??? you did actually read his post and look at the photos to see that the grain is now showing????....there's no guesswork there.

It is a waste of time, you will never get it back to a true goldtop and I think we have shown that it is not a 71.

I do kind of like that dark-burst look.
 

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My '84 Custom is 9.2 pounds, very manageable.

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True. I can’t definitively say. Serial number is six digit and starts with 6 which could be 1971

Yes, it is a 71. The block letter logo was on Deluxes in 71 and the serial is from 71 too.
 

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My latest acquisition - late 1970 Les Paul Custom precisely 4.3 kg or 9.5 lbs
 

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