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    Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Hi,

    I have this old LP with serial 99216943 so I believe it is from 1975.

    However, interesting detail, as the neck painting has a small hole in it, it think the neck is maple and not mahogany. Am I right? I wonder when they manufactured maple necks?

    Also, The T Top pups have the normal PAT NO 2737842 stamped in the back, but in addition, there is a text "WILLIAMSVILLE". Can someone explain?

    One more question: can anyone tell if the tuners are original? At least there are no signs of replacement at all:
    http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7qatshyw.jpg

    Thank you!!

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    My book agrees that 99 is 1975 which is the last year of the paf TTops.

    Did Gibson use somebody else to wind the very last ttops thus "Williamsville" - I'm asking? I have no idea who Williamsburg is.

    Those look like original tuners judging by the location of the little screw at 45degs. I see no hole where another tuner type would have been anchored at 180degs
    lets see more pics.

    How much does it weigh?
    Last edited by Zentar; 05-17-17 at 03:32 PM.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by Zentar View Post
    My book agrees that 99 is 1975 which is the last year of the paf TTops.

    Did Gibson use somebody else to wind the very last ttops thus "Williamsburg" - I'm asking? I have no idea who Williamsburg is.

    Those look like original tuners judging by the location of the little screw at 45degs. I see no hole where another tuner type would have been anchored at 180degs
    lets see more pics.

    How much does it weigh?
    Thanks for your comments. The guitar is around 4,7kg I think.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Its a 1996 model.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by gibson-r8 View Post
    Its a 1996 model.
    Then it may not be a Ttop since 75 was the last year of TTops thus the Williamsburg pups? Was Williamsburg used after T Top? I have never heard of Williamsville.

    His guitar was probably made during a switchover period.


    I get nothing when I look up Williamsburg
    Last edited by Zentar; 05-17-17 at 03:33 PM.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by gibson-r8 View Post
    Its a 1996 model.
    The guitar itself? No it is not. According to Gibson, it was purchased in 1975.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by gibson-r8 View Post
    Its a 1996 model.
    Also it is stated in gibson.com:

    "During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first twoindicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000
    range. MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also
    applied. A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped on the heel area.
    "

    But 100000 to does not match... I will contact Gibson again and double-check.

    by 1996 you must refer to the standard system implemented in 1978. According to that, the day of the year does not match since it would be the day number 921 and that should be within range of 001 - 365 I assume.
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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    I would be more interested in what Williamsville is. My Gibson books are all kind of slack about who made pups after 75 up till 83.
    Are you sure it says "Williamsville/?

    Pics please pics!!!

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    99 prefix ON AN OVAL DECAL is 100000% 1975.

    Last "T Tops" were in 1980, though the basic premise carried on as the PU490, which eventually became the 490R and 490T

    Williamsville stamps are found on pickups (mini hums too!) in 75 and '76, it was were these pickups were made for a short time.

    "Moog Music bought a factory in Williamsville NY a suburb of Buffalo in 1971. In 1975 Moog was purchased by Norlin. For a short time Gibson amplifiers and Cordovox instruments were actually manufactured in the plant in Williamsville NY."

    So seems pickups were made there too for a short time..remember, this is RIGHT when the transition to Nashville was happening, your '75 Custom is no doubt a Kalamazoo made one.

    That's a MAPLE neck, and tuners are STOCK.

    Maple necks were from 1975-1982
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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by Zentar View Post
    I would be more interested in what Williamsville is. My Gibson books are all kind of slack about who made pups after 75 up till 83.
    Are you sure it says "Williamsville/?

    Pics please pics!!!
    http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/...pskytaokul.jpg

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by Kris Ford View Post
    99 prefix ON AN OVAL DECAL is 100000% 1975.

    Last "T Tops" were in 1980, though the basic premise carried on as the PU490, which eventually became the 490R and 490T

    Williamsville stamps are found on pickups (mini hums too!) in 75 and '76, it was were these pickups were made for a short time.

    "Moog Music bought a factory in Williamsville NY a suburb of Buffalo in 1971. In 1975 Moog was purchased by Norlin. For a short time Gibson amplifiers and Cordovox instruments were actually manufactured in the plant in Williamsville NY."

    So seems pickups were made there too for a short time..remember, this is RIGHT when the transition to Nashville was happening, your '75 Custom is no doubt a Kalamazoo made one.

    That's a MAPLE neck, and tuners are STOCK.

    Maple necks were from 1975-1982

    Thanks for the info. Sorry about my English but by STOCK, you mean original or replaced ones?

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by finlanderr View Post
    Thanks for the info. Sorry about my English but by STOCK, you mean original or replaced ones?
    yep. Stock is original, oem or showroom.

    TTops should have a book written just on their history . I have to wonder if we should call Williamsvilles, T Tops? Seems like they may have been made Ksalamazoo, Nashville and Williamsville. Youre lucky Norlin painted Willimsville on them. Lotta Gibby pups had nothing on them.

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    I will defer to Kris Ford on this, I cant see the oval sticker in my view of the serial number. Serial numbers are frequently not the best indicator of year. This would be the first 75 oval sticker number Custom that i have seen. The question of Nashville versus Kalamazoo build generates lots of questions. My 75 Custom is 6-digit serial, narrow cutaway binding, grovers, trans tenon, small dot guitar. My 76 Custom is 8 digit sticker serial, wide cutaway binding, rocker, large dot, Schaller equipped guitar. I have always figured my 75 was Kalamazoo and the 76 Nashville. Can the OP give us more photos of this instrument?

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    I have a 1975 LPC with a mahogany neck, ABR-1, witches hat knob's and waffleback tuners. Serial is impressed 550775.
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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by richard henry View Post
    I have a 1975 LPC with a mahogany neck, ABR-1, witches hat knob's and waffleback tuners. Serial is impressed 550775.
    An earlier one before change to maple. I would think the ABR-1 would define this as Kalamazoo, what is the thickness of the binding in the cutaway?

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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by gibson-r8 View Post
    I cant see the oval sticker in my view of the serial number.
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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by Zentar View Post
    Then it may not be a Ttop since 75 was the last year of TTops thus the Williamsburg pups? Was Williamsburg used after T Top? I have never heard of Williamsville.

    His guitar was probably made during a switchover period.


    I get nothing when I look up Williamsburg
    What book? Ttops made until 83 or so.
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    Re: Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    What book? Ttops made until 83 or so.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAF_(pickup)

    It was written in one of four LP books I acquired in the last couple of months that TTops ended in 75. I tried to find which book but as of yet I don't see what I read. However Wiki says TTops ended in 75. Feel free to prove otherwise. In 1975 Gibby moved pickup manufacture from Tenn to NY or Kalamazoo to NY I forget which.
    Ive read that Ttops are very similar to 490 which were made in NY. I personally don't think the 490 is a Ttop. It is that switch to NY in 75 that accounts for different people claiming different manufacture end date. But I could be wrong.

    Reading about how when and where Gibby made pickups can be a lesson in futility depending on where you read it or depending on if Gibby even knows today how they did stuff years ago.

    My personal opinion I that if you move to a new location and hire new winders that you just changed everything. You are not going to produce the same product at a new building using different people.

    490s were made in NY too. Are these Ttops made in NY? I'm asking? Even if Gibson called them that how can that be true with new winders, new machines in a new town?

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