Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Originally released in 1969 to replace the P-90 Les Paul, the Deluxe featured the now famous "mini-humbucker"" pickup.
Gibson has faithfully recreated this pickup including it in a contemporary Les Paul Standard to accurately reproduce the look and better yet, the crunch and bite of the original. Today's Deluxe features a one-piece mahogany back and neck, bookmatched maple top, and vintage style tuners.
Body Mahogany back, carved maple top Neck/Profile Mahogany/'59 Rounded Les Paul Fingerboard/Inlay 22 fret rosewood/Pearloid trapezoid Scale/Nut Width 24 3/4" - 1 11/16" Binding Body and fingerboard Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic/Stopbar Hardware Chrome/Vintage tuners Pickups Dual mini-humbuckers Controls Two volume, two tone, three-way switch
Available: 1969 to 1985
The final degeneration of the Les Paul Standard model. Early verions of the Deluxe can be decent guitars, but for the most part they are victims of the 1970's era (larger peghead, volute, bad pickups, inferior woods, etc).
- Mid 1969 Les Paul Deluxe specs:Les Paul Standard is renamed "Les Paul Deluxe". Four piece pancake body (maple top, thicker mahogany layer, thin maple layer, thicker mahogany layer), 2 mini-humbuckers pickups (though some produced with P-90's), 3 piece neck, goldtop finish, pantograph logo.
1972 Les Paul Deluxe specs: Tobacco sunburst available till 1979, Walnut finishes available till 1972. Also available with full size humbucker pickups till 1976 when the Les Paul Standard was re-introduced with the larger humbucker pickups.
1975 Les Paul Deluxe specs: Natural and Wine Red top finish available.
1977 Les Paul Deluxe specs: two piece body standard (pancake body dropped).
1985 Les Paul Deluxe dropped. Reissues still available today.