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My Gibson "The Paul" is a 1979; I've had it since about 1989. It is a stripped-down Les Paul with all the high-quality hardware you expect on a Gibson Les Paul (Grover tuners, Tune-O-Matic bridge, etc.) and a few twists that are out of the ordinary: a solid walnut body and an ebony fretboard. It came stock with the Gibson T-Top humbuckers, which produce a nice full, warm sound with a lot of snap and definition. Its only drawback for me is its lack of a tremolo piece; but this doesn't make it any different from the standard Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul model, and the hard tail allows for more sustain than you might otherwise get, so that's not really that much of a drawback (as long as you have other guitars to use for your tremolo work!).
It is a very heavy guitar, which I don't mind; that probably contributes to its tonal qualities as well. The bottom line is: all the original parts of this guitar function fine, and the guitar is 36 years old. That says a lot for the quality of the workmanship and parts that went into this beast. And yet today these guitars seem to fetch $700-$750, which is only about $50-100 more than they cost in 1979! When you factor in inflation, the guitar has not been a good financial investment, to say the least. But it is still my go-to guitar for solos when I'm recording, and I find it very pleasing to the eye as well.