Gibson les paul custom dating
Thank You During the early 50s gibson went through some crucial changes on the les paul goldtop model with their hardware and electronics , their guitars had an intonation problem until the tune o matic bridges was invented by ted mcarty in 1954 .
The tune o matic bridge allowed individual string tonation and adjustments which was incorporated on a new model called the gibson les paul custom nicknamed the black beauty because of its elegantly black finish ....
In 1969 Gibson decided to continue their line of les paul custom reissue models with a 3 piece mahogany/maple body , very similar specs like the 68 reissue except were made in various finishes and are still going strong today, 2 or 3 pickups were optional troughout the 70s , and 80s .
In most cases if it’s not made unreadable by blobs of solder, you should see a six or seven digit number.
The first three digits represent the manufacturer, the next one or two represent the year, and the last two will be the week it was made.
If all of your other evidence is pointing to 1972 then the guitar has had the pots changed.
If you’re concerned with an instrument being an “all original” vintage collectible, the number of changed parts can greatly affect it’s value.