Introducing arguably the most highly collectable Gibson of the Norlin Era. The Les Paul KM (or Kalamazoo Made) was a showcase edition of 1500 pieces out of the fabled Kalamazoo factory in Michigan (available in 3 different finishes - Natural, Cherry Burst and as we have here Tobacco Burst).
Many collectors believe this guitar to be one of the first attempts at a '59 Burst reissue by Gibson. While we personally find that to be a stretch, given the many 1970s features on this instrument; one can't help but notice some aspects which share linearage to the 50s instruments. We see the use of vintage style brown plastics for the control cavity covers, single piece Mahogany bodies, a slightly curvier treble horn (in line with 50s instruments) and of course sharing a the same geographic birthplace (Kalamazoo!).
A unique feature on these Les Pauls are of course the exposed 'Double Cream' T-Top pickups. During the 1970s Seymour Duncan was in possession of the patent for the production of exposed 'Double White' PAF style humbuckers and successfully sued Gibson over the pickups in the KM. The resultant cease and decist saw the 'Double Whites' in the KM standing as the only example of such a pickup being produced by Gibson, and with only 1500 of these guitars being produced, they're rather uncommon indeed!
Collectability aside, this KM is a beautiful playing and sounding guitar. Lightweight and resonant (4.52kgs), relatively low output pickups and a super comfortable neck profile. One of those rare guitars which truly blow you away!
Finish: Tobacco Burst
Body Material: 1 piece Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Weight: 4.52kg (9.94lbs)
Fingerboard Material: Ebony, Mother of Pearl 'Block' inlays
Neck Profile: Slim Taper
Neck Details: Set neck
Pickups: 2x Gibson 'T-Top' Double Whites
Electronics: 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3 way switch. 1 replaced pot.
Hardware: Chrome (Bridge and Stoptail), Nickel (Machine heads)
Modifications / Repairs: 1 replaced pot, strap button screws have been replaced.
Cosmetic Condition: Very good condition, some minor pick scrapes to pickguard. Some buckle rash to rear. Overall an exceptionally clean example for a Les Paul of 1979 vintage.
Tech Notes: Setup by our in house technician with 11-48 gauge strings with a medium to low action, strings have been top wrapped.
Case Details: 2000s Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul case.
Serial Number: 72419078
Made in: USA - in the Kalamazoo factory!