This one is clean, clean, clean!
When I bought the guitar it had a set of stacked P90 pickups in it. I went out and found a set of 1979 Gibson P-90's and added them to the guitar, so it is now all stock. The P-90s are really sweet - they sound great!
I've spent some time searching for other examples of this guitar out there and there are NONE - no active listings, no completed listings, nada! I see some in Ebony and some in Sunburst - no goldtops. Larry Meiners book states that there were 70 Les Paul Deluxes made as Goldtops in 1979, but I am very certain that the list is for the mini-hum Les Paul Deluxe, not the Pro. Now, I am not saying that this makes my particular LP some kind of holy grail, but it sure doesn't hurt.
The differences between this guitar and a LP Deluxe from the same period are few. The Deluxe has a rosewood fretboard - this guitar has an ebony board. This guitar has "Pro" on the truss rod cover rather than "Deluxe". The only other difference would be the pickups - the Deluxe having mini humbuckers, or in some rare cases full-size humbuckers.
Anyhow, this guitar sounds and plays so good, well, awesome - it's a killer. It couldn't be more minty, though of course as I said the solders for the pickups are changed. Everything else is original and 100% issue free. The truss rod is still effective. It's good to go!
- Color: Goldtop
- Weight: 9lb 7oz
- Body: Mahogany with Maple Top
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Profile: C
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Inlay: Pearloid Trapezoids
- Frets: Original, very light use
- Fret count: 22
- Nut material: Original
- Nut width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24.75
- Radius: 10"
- Neck thickness at 1st fret: .887"
- Neck thickness at 7th fret: .9"
- Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1"
- Action 1st String at 12th Fret: .050"
- Action 6th String at 12th Fret: .020"
- String Gauge: 10-46
- Hardware: Original chrome, Made in Germany Nashville Tune0-Matic
- Neck Pickup: Original P-90. 8.13k
- Middle Pickup
- Bridge pickup: Original P-90, 8.34k
- Tuners: Original
- Pots: Original - solders from pickup leads changed
- Case: Brown Gibson hardshell - 1990s?