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Since your guitar has pots dating from 1971 and they appear to be original, we know it was produced in 1971 or later. Your guitar has cosmetic features and specifications similar to a Les Paul Standard.However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between 19 (it was officially reintroduced in 1976).I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.Upper Right: Starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made in USA” on the back of the headstock.
Unfortunately, during extremely busy times, production simply trumped serialization.For more information on Gibson or potentiometer serialization and model identification, please refer to our website (bluebookinc.com) or visit Fjestad is a freelance writer who specializes in guitars and amplifiers including the history behind them and their current value.Fjestad has been evaluating and appraising guitars for over 20 years.Checking the date codes on pots is usually the second step (after approximating the date of the serial number) in determining the guitar’s year. And because many manufacturers purchased pots in large quantities, the pots could sit on the shelves for weeks—if not months—before they were installed.Basically, dating the pots only confirms the time the guitar could have been produced.
Most of the body appears to be in “very good plus” condition, and based on all of this, your guitar is valued between $2200-$2500.