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SOUTHERN
GOLD
Two Legendary Les Paul Deluxes
BY WILLIE G. MOSELEY

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n the late 1960s, Gibson reintroduced the single-cutaway Les Paul based
on its classic '50s model. But, a new version called the Deluxe proved the
most popular Les Paul of its time.
While the new Les Paul used the same
mahogany body and carved maple cap as
'50s Standards and Customs, the Deluxe was
made with a laminate body that collectors

have come to know as "pancake" construction - a thin sheet of maple between two
pieces of mahogany - with a carved-maple
cap that was three pieces instead of the two-

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piece commonly used in the '50s. Production
versions of late-'60s Les Pauls were given
mini-humbucking pickups borrowed from
Epiphone, while its hardware, controls, and
"crown" fretboard inlays were similar to a
late-'50s Standard. At first offered only in a
goldtop finish, other colors followed including
two in the mid '70s - Red Sparkle and Blue
Sparkle - that are particularly collectible.
Through the decades, the Deluxe has been
discontinued and reintroduced, including
limited editions.
Barry Bailey's well-worn '69 Deluxe was


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