On the right side, you have a heavily modified 1969 Les Paul Deluxe. Former owner, producer and famed studio session guitarist Jimmy Calvert (Tommy James and the Shondelles, Ringo Starr, John Lennon) had Seymour Duncan humbuckers installed, as well as a coil splitter mini toggle switch for the neck pick up to help reduce low-end. Body shows extreme wear that only comes from decades of gigging live and countless studio sessions. Oh if this guitar could talk, the stories it would tell.
By the way, the rhthm guitar and lead guitar of the song playing on this page, "My Love by Paul McCartney was recorded using a 1968 Les Paul.
To get closer to an original goldtop, I first began looking into the late 1960s models. In June of 1968, Gibson re-launched the Les Paul, but not as a burst. Instead they produced a guitar much more akin to the 1956 goldtop complete with Tune-o-matic bridge and P90s. During the first years of producing the Les Paul again, Gibson made many changes including the addition of a wider headstock in late 1968, the use of 3 piece necks in early 1969 and the introduction of mini-humbuckers in late 1969, along with a new name, the Les Paul Deluxe. The most coveted models are from early 1968.
My 1968 is a very early model with flower/crown inlay on the headstock, and Les Paul printed on the truss rod cover. Is has a solid one piece mahogany body and one piece neck. The ’68 pictured here is one of the best sounding Les Pauls I have ever come upon, only second to my all
original 1954 goldtop.
Late Sixties Goldtops: Very Early 1968 GT, Modified Early 1969 GT.
Late Sixties Les Pauls