I wasn't gonna go look at this guitar, let alone buy it....especially when I saw the Kahler, but I figured it would be a nice drive.

A 1971 Les Paul Custom.

This guitar was taken to the repair shop that I bought it from for a headstock crack repair, a refret and to remove a piece of leather that was glued on the back of the body.

BACKSTORY...the original owner took this guitar to Gibson in Kalamazoo, before they went to Nashville...so before 1984...and had the Kahler installed at the factory. It has all original electronics...Patent Sticker pickups, 1971 pots and original toggle.

So this guy takes it to the shop for the repair and restoration work. The work is completed and he did an AWESOME JOB...he calls the owner to come pick it up. The owner doesn't pay the bill, he abandons the guitar completely!!!! So the shop owner is stuck with it and no pay for the repairs. He listed it for sale locally...I saw the ad and I decided to go give it a whirl.

I had never been to this shop before. He does repairs, setups, refinishes, custom builds, etc. A super cool dude. His workmanship is incredible! The work he did on this 71 LPC is incredible! The repairs he did on the headstock and the back of the body are nearly invisible....and he reliced the areas to match the checking to the original finish on the rest of the guitar!

The fretwork is great...he refretted it with jumbo wire and it feels great! It sets up really nice!!! It weighs 10.5 lbs. The neck is a medium C...probably about .850 at the first.

The Kahler is unfortunate, but cool at the same time....being properly setup, it performs very well and is not a tone sucker. The patent sticker PAFs sound KILLER!!!!!

I'm glad I made the trip....I took home a wonderful Les Paul!!!



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