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Les Paul Recording - Help with Dating

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I purchased this a couple years ago and have seen conflicting things about the dating of it. 

Serial # is 72657061
The "i" in Gibson appears not to be dotted
No "Made in USA" stamped
Vertical controls alignment





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Just found one online with a similar 8 digit S/N to yours. No Made in USA stamp either. They must have discontinued that when they switched to the new 8 digit S/N scheme in 1977.

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Your Les Paul Recording is also the last year/variation of the model. It is standard LP size vs the larger size used since 1972. It has a maple top. They moved two input jacks on the edge eliminiating the control plate cracking issue & the need for a Low-High Impedance switch. The pickup selector switch is in the normal Les Paul location vs on the control plate. Different control plate configuration. 

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