Yeah, I'd really enjoy seeing how different the color is/isn't in areas that have always been covered, like under the backplates, pickup rings and switch ring. I don't think this is walnut -- for whatever reason, walnut seems to be the least colorfast finish Gibson was using in that era and a lot of them fade out in really unbecoming and uneven ways, usually to an orangey color. They weren't typically the deep, reddish brown that other companies, like Guild, were calling Walnut in that era. It doesn't look quite as dark/dull as the typical wine red, though I think that's a possibility, but cherry would be interesting. It's pretty -- prettier than most of the dark reddish Norlin Customs look.I think it is a Cherry (yes that was a color @kakerlak is spot on) LPC 20th.
I have seen a few Cherry guitars from that time period, but I do not think I have even seen a Custom? Several Standards and mostly Deluxe.
I promise I have never seen a 74 Custom in that color.....
The walnut (also a color used some during this period) mentioned is also a possibility, but this one has a lot of red (or these pics do??)....
I think with the red pore-filler and then that particular color....plus 40+ years of grime and.....well, you guys know....it is now about a half-a-pack away from looking exactly like a "The Paul".
Great player piece, but gut shots would still be nice.
That thing's beautiful!Here are some pics. When I got it 3 years ago it was missing the pickguard, and some other parts had been replaced over the years. But it gave me an excuse to make it my own. I picked up a cream pickguard and other cream plastics to match. I added some black knobs with gold inserts. And at some point someone replaced the bridge humbucker with a modern pickup, so I replaced that with a period correct t-top to match the neck. It's a little rough around the edges but it's an amazing player. It's had a neck repair but it's rock solid. Someone did a refret at some point and used new binding without nibs, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.
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So, definitely a maple top. Color is surprisingly similar under the covered areas. I'm just not quite getting a total cherry vibe from it. But it's definitely a more delicate/translucent finish than the typical wine red, especially thinking of all the wine red customs that are so ubiquitous more like '78-81.