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Les Paul Special MIJ 1970's copy

Camden, London £265.00
277 days ago


This is a fantastic 1970's Japanese copy of a Gibson Les Paul Special double cut. It had already lost its logo when I bought it, and despite making enquiries to people knowledgeable about Japanese copies of this era, I haven't been able to find a precise match - I don't think it's an Arbiter. But it's a great copy of a great guitar.

The pickups have been upgraded to GFS Alnico Vintage soapbars and I swapped in an adjustable wraparound bridge. The luthier also reset the fretboard, which had lifted a little. I didn't do any cosmetic work on the body, which has a few dings, though the luthier sanded and finished a scrape on the back of the neck to stop it from affecting playability. As a result, the guitar plays and sounds great, but if you are looking for something pristine, this definitely isn't for you. It's a 40+ year old vintage guitar, and it had obviously taken a few knocks before I got hold of it. Sadly, it now has the opposite problem - it's just not getting played enough, so rather than have it sit there gathering dust and making me feel guilty, I've decided to sell it.

Come and try it out. It's a great guitar, it can jangle, it can snarl, it can rock.

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