- Dec 17, 2011
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There sure were factory HB Deluxes as well..so it could very well be a HB Deluxe! (We wanna see!!)I would call that a Deluxe with factory humbuckers - quite a few around like these, with 'Standard' on the truss rod covers. I guess that prompted Gibson to reissue the 'actual' Standard later in 1976.
I had a '74 and that's the one I showed in the above pic.
IF legit, (not routed) the shipping totals show 5 shipped in '76, as the Standard was officially released, and there would be model redundancy, so like you said, makes sense they dropped it. (COULD be a rare one, would love to see the forensics)
One thing I did learn about these (pre '76) factory humbucker LPs is that the "small script" Standards were finished in Tobacco, while the Deluxes were cherry. But, as with anything, I'm sure there are TB Deluxes and Cherry Standards..IF there wasn't any truss rod cover changes to gain more $$ on a sale..