Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Red Sparkle Top

[Picture of the Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Red Sparkle Top]

My love, my honey, my pride and joy! 'Tis my baby! The body consists of a thin slither of maple sandwiched between two thick slabs of mahogany and a carved maple top. It has a chunky three piece mahogany neck which also sports a Brazillian rosewood fingerboard. The pick-ups are a pair of P-90's but had originally been mini-humbuckers. It was made in 1975 which was the only year that the Deluxe was available with the Red Sparkle Top - the Blue Sparkle Top was far more common. I've seen a couple of others for sale on the net but they had been modified - one had its neck shaved thinner, another had the pick-up cavities routed to accept standard humbuckers. Obviously the acts of a DICK-HEAD. Did I fail to mention that it's a joy to play? My god, I'm in heaven!!! A big warm thank you goes to my former boss at Allans Music, James Lomas, without whom I wouldn't have such a wonderfully lovely guitar. Another thank you goes to Norbert Simon for fixing the nut and general advice on set-ups and playing technique.

Here are more photographs:

Close-up of the headstock
The Les Paul in its case
Close-up of the mahogany-maple-mahogany pancake body

Older photographs with mini-humbuckers:

The Les Paul in its previous incarnation
Close-up of a mini-humbucker
Red Sparkle reflecting light!