It is an early 1961 model Les Paul Custom serial #1 1064 with single cutaway body and carved arched top. Later in 1961 the body shape was changed to the double cutaway flat body "SG" shape, so this is one of the last ones of this style produced in Kalamazoo before the change in body styles. The guitar is in overall very good condition and shows no evidence of repair work or breaks. The black lacquer finish appears original and has lacquer checks, minor scuffs and dings typical of a guitar that has seen 57 years of use. The guitar conforms to the factory specifications in every way including a one piece carved top mahogany body, no wire tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, multiple bound top and back, single bound ebony fret board with small "fretless wonder" size frets and pearl block inlays, "Les Paul Custom" engraved on the truss rod cover, 5 piece split diamond pearl peg head inlay, reflector cap volume and tone knobs, and Grover Rotomatic tuning machines.
All hardware is plated in gold that is significantly worn. All parts on the guitar appear original including the three Patent-Applied-For humbucking pickups with never opened covers. The tone caps are ceramic disc rather than the typical black tubular style that I have seen on guitars from this era, but they and the soldering that attaches them to the potentiometers appears original. The two potentiometers that were easily read have a date code for the forty third week of 1960.
The plastic input jack plate, which appears original, has been cracked around the jack opening. The guitar is housed in a brown five latch Lifton hard case.
The item "Les Paul Custom 1961 Black Bty three Patent-Applied Humbucking pickups" is in sale since Sunday, December 4, 2016. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "newday7" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.