Today on eBay is a really nice example of a beautiful wine red original Gibson Les Paul Deluxe from 1978 in a mint condition, with original case from an eBay powerseller.
I'd press the "buy it now" button right now instead of blogging about it if I didn't already own a 1977 Goldtop which I bought for my 30th birthday in 2007 -yep, the nice thing was to finally get a guitar as old as I am!
At $2,500, it's the same price I paid 2 years ago for mine which was not in such good condition, so it is pleasing to see vintage guitars are good investments that retain their value in those hard time. That being said, now seems like a good time to find very reasonably priced pieces of wood.
Back to the Deluxe, I really like that it is in such a good condition, without the usual cracks on the headstock (esp. on those oversized 70's ones) or heavy scratches in the back or arm rest. Also none of those heretic modification -like carving the body to fit big humbuckers.
And the body looks like it's a one-part beautiful log of wood. The lacquer finish is just right. That's how I love it. If you are in the market for a nice vintage or have just taken your money out of the stock market, go for it...before March 16th...or before I decide to add another vintage Les Paul to my growing collection!