'77 LES PAUL ARTISAN, Walnut, 3 pick-up, 1469 made, EX code GI035

Gibson Les Paul Artisan three Humbuckers, Walnut finish, Gold hardware, Deluxe Hearts & flowers inlays. There are a normal signs of wear in the finish, otherwise, it's in great shape. The surface of the pickups show some signs of age. The tuners and bridge are in excellent condition. This guitar has such a cool, collected feel to it, exuding warmth and rich tonal character in a way that almost feels understated; the playability and weight of the instrument in your hands making this effortless to wield, with a sound that's equally sweet across all strings and frets. An utterly wonderful instrument.

Caratteristiche tecniche:

Corpo e manico in mogano

Tastiera in ebano, finemente intarsiata con inserti in madreperla, con tema a "cuori e fiori"
3 Humbuckers, 2 Gibson Serie VII al manico e ponte, 1 Gibson Super Humbucking centrale
Ponte Tune-o-matic, con 6 sellette indipendenti per la regolazione delle ottave
Tailpiece Stop-bar

Meccaniche di precisione Schaller "Gibson look"
2 potenziometri volume

2 potenziometri tono
Switch pickup a 3 vie

Assieme a molti altri misteri dell’epoca “Norlin” della Gibson, poco si sa circa l'origine del modello Les Paul Artisan.
Introdotta nel 1977 come top di gamma della serie Les Paul,  aveva caratteristiche estetiche uniche: intarsi in madreperla a fiori e cuori sulla tastiera (ricordano gli intarsi presenti sui banjo Gibson), ed il logo Gibson in stile script, come sui modelli anteguerra.L'Artisan stata originariamente equipaggiata con tre pickup, e manopole a cappello con inserti in oro.
Due  pickup sono Gibson Serie VII, ed uno, il centrale, un Gibson "Super Humbucking".
Il selettore dei pickup ha tre impostazioni: pickup al manico, pickup centrale pi ponte con l'interruttore nella posizione centrale, e solo pickup al ponte.Alla fine del 1978 alcune Artisan sono state equipaggiate con un tail-piece TP6, con accordatore di precisione e due pickup Serie VII, rimanendo il terzo pickup disponibile solo come opzione. 
La maggior parte, se non tutte le Artisan, sono state costruite nella fabbrica di Kalamazoo, fino a quando la produzione stata interrotta nel 1982.L’hardware dorato, compresa la targa porta-jack, e le meccaniche Schaller stile "Gibson", plastiche in multistrato, corpo e manico in mogano, tastiera in ebano.Il manico di medio spessore, ed molto confortevole, i tasti sono ampi e di media altezza.I pickup sono potenti e ricchi di armonici.Il modello superbo, come la maggior parte degli strumenti costruiti a Kalamazoo,  ed ormai considerata una delle pi pregiate chitarre d’epoca.La Les Paul Artisan un l’unico modello decorato nella storia della serie Gibson Les Paul, ed un "must have" per i veri collezionisti di Les Paul e per i musicisti pi esigenti.

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Gibson Les Paul Artisan ( 1976-1982 )

1977 gibson les paul artisan Back in 1976 while the gibson les paul custom guitars were taking rock guitar players and musicians by storm , gibson decided to make an artistic and fancier model and called it the gibson les paul artisan .Although they are 2 different gibson guitar models, the gibson artison is very similar to the les paul custom but with a sleeker look .
The gibson les paul artison had a carved maple top , gold hardware , hearts and flowers inlays on the headstock and fingerboard which was its trademark (very similar to their gibson banjos), they had pre war similar style gibson logos, a tune o matic bridge ( some had a rectangular bridge base in the 80s ), tp-6 fine tuning tailpeice ,2 or 3 humbuckers (optional )  and were made in walnut , tobacco sunburst, and ebony finish . Most artisan guitars were manufactured at the Kalamazoo factory .
The artisan guitars with the 3 humbuckers were better sellers, guitarits' could of activated the middle pick up making it sound thinner to mimic the fender strat thus making it more versatile which was a popular feature for some during that era,"gibson" pre war logo stylehowever during the exact same year ( 1976 ) the gibson les paul custom also had a 3 humbucker model which was a better seller because it was cheaper in price and it had basically everything the artisan had to offer accept for the fancier artistic inlay designs .

The Gibson Les Paul Artisan Model: "Hearts and Flowers" and More!

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