This guitar comes in a Gibson Custom Shop case. The exterior is black and the interior is a light grey. Inside the case compartment sleeps various paperwork and the COA stating this is a ’76 Deluxe.
This is an interesting beast. It appears to be a “run-off” model using the exact body/neck specs as the much more expensive, limited edition Mike Ness ’76 deluxe from earlier this year. This one in done up in wine red and has mini humbuckers though and isn’t aged! It’s got the 3-piece maple neck w/ volute. It’s got the pancake body and reflector knobs. If you’ve wanted a 70s-style deluxe, but made in the custom shop – this one is for you!
These were sold to dealers on a “hot list” from the custom shop. It doesn’t appear that the custom shop plans to make more… but you never know. It seems about 10-15 of these were made in this wine-red finish. I hand-picked this one for the great woodgrain and mild figuring that this top has – just like you can find one a real 70s Deluxe.
The mini-humbuckers aren’t quite as insanely bright as vintage ones – the neck pickup has a great jazzy tone. The neck is a tad thicker than a vintage one (but they vary.) Overall, this is a very nice playing guitar!
Condition-wise – I bought this new and used it to create my demo video. I noticed a ding on the back (in the photos) and there are your typical handling marks, polishing swirls and light picking marks. Overall, very clean condition but it will show light signs of usage.