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That is a sweet ‘77.... fantastic score.

The frets are very wide,... originally not that low.

The guitar is 45 years old and if has the original frets it probably has been dressed and crowned several times during its life. My ‘77 has not... it has divots and dimples on many of its frets... still plays like a dream.

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How do you feel about the low frets?

I had a Black Beauty (reissue, of course) with the vintage-style small frets and I really liked them.
 

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Congrats on the new guitar! One of these days I will get a white LP Custom to go with my ebony LP Custom!
 

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That is a sweet ‘77.... fantastic score.

The frets are very wide,... originally not that low.

The guitar is 45 years old and if has the original frets it probably has been dressed and crowned several times during its life. My ‘77 has not... it has divots and dimples on many of its frets... still plays like a dream.

Enjoy.
That makes a lot of sense. I didn't think these were originally this low, but wasn't sure. No divots in these, so a few dress/crowns makes sense. Probably the widest frets I've ever played.
 

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How do you feel about the low frets?

I had a Black Beauty (reissue, of course) with the vintage-style small frets and I really liked them.
Not speaking for the OP of course,... my experience with these Custom frets have been nothing but good... I have older Strats with tiny frets and its the fret board radius is the real issue.... flat radius like Gibsons, Danelectros and Gretsch guitars short frets are not an issue for me.
 
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That makes a lot of sense. I didn't think these were originally this low, but wasn't sure. No divots in these, so a few dress/crowns makes sense. Probably the widest frets I've ever played.
Here’s a pic of my ‘77 original untouched frets..... well..... undressed frets.

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Yes.... it’s in a desperate need for a re-fret

If you look closely you can see the original factory crown..... most have gone flat after a number of fret dressings.
 
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Here’s a pic of my ‘77 original untouched frets..... well..... undressed frets.

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Yes.... it’s in a desperate need for a re-fret

If you look closely you can see the original factory crown..... most have gone flat after a number of fret dressings.
Yeah, those are much higher than mine. While I prefer tall frets, I do agree that with the relatively flat radius it's not that big of a deal. All my other guitars have tall frets, so there is a bit of a transition
 

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Looks magnificent, and takes me way back: my first real guitar was a '77 Custom that I got brand-new in that year.

I love the low wide frets. The ones on the '79 Custom that I currently have are even lower than the ones that were on the '77 and its basically the fastest-playing Les Paul I have had.
 

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Wow! That is truly a stunner! Congrats! I love white LP Customs. Would love to get one to pair with my black 76 LP Custom.

Mine also has pretty low and wide frets and I quite like them. Feels really smooth with the ebony board. It’s not what I’m used to but I like that it plays and feels a little different from my other Les Pauls.
 

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I have an all original 77 Custom in black. Heavy use, paint worn off the neck and bindings. Divots in the ebony. Frets are original but still playable. I’m sure they’ve been leveled a few times. Way better than my 72 fretless wonder. I couldn’t deal with those frets and sold it.
 

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Congratulations, beautiful guitar ( and it has character )
 

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Beautiful one :dude:

The best post 74/75 Les Paul Custom i ever had was a wine red 77, in fact it sounded better than some early 70s ones and i prefer those by a big margin...
 

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This is mine that I bought new in June of 74. This is the last year they made them with Mahogany necks. The necks were maple after that for a few years. I replaced the T-tops with an early PAF and a late 60s T-Top after switching pickups in it over the years. I put the larger Schaller bridge on it and replaced the Witch Hat knobs as they were a pain to work. Grover tuners were added almost immediately as well. Also the original tone pots only worked between 0-4. So they went too. This one came with slightly higher frets than the fretless wonder frets that were on my earlier Customs. I had larger frets put on it in 82? Hey, thats what we did back then. There were plenty of these around then and they were our workhorses so we customized them to suit our needs. I bought it new for $650 Canadian including the case. This was my daily driver from the time I got it until about 84. I still have this and it sounds great. I dont take it out any more as its getting too valuable to use in a club.
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Here’s my 1982. I also have two 1987’s in Alpine White.

White customs make me think of Lindsay Buckingham from his early Fleetwood Mac days. A white Les Paul Custom and that huge afro.
 

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