1970 Les Paul Bass

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During the year a "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp was introduced onto the back of the headstock beneath the serial number. There were some early 1970 instruments manufactured without this stamp. We have seen various versions of the Pearloid inlaid Gibson logo on the Les Paul headstock in 1970. Such as the "i" dot disconnected from the "G" and closed "o", or no "i" dot and open "o" . The 1970 Les Paul headstock still had no pearloid trim.

Other 1970 Les Paul bass characteristics: Pearloid crown inlay centered on headstock, Schaller M-4 tuners with Gibson "G" logo or with Gibson name stamped into the gear cover, two screw truss rod cover including model name, unbound Brazilian rosewood 24-fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, three piece Mahogany glued in neck, Honduran Mahogany body with Walnut finish and white plastic body trim, three position pickup selector switch with black rubber surround, two black plastic low impedance pickups including Gibson embossed logo and chrome surround, three silver top/black bell shaped knobs including numbers and volume/tone words, black/white/black oval phase/tone selector plate, two pole tune-o-matic bridge with four intonation adjustable plastic saddles, strings mute involving three small flathead phillips screws, chrome bridge cover including two plastic shims, CTS potentiometers, resistors, small capacitors, black/white/black input jack plate on side of body, three screw and five screw plastic access covers on body back, molded black tolex case either without or with Gibson name with gold or occasionally blue interior.

For 1970 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.