I had two different cherry sunburst Les Paul Deluxes back then; a !974, and another shortly thereafer, though I didn’t know it’s pedigree.
The first one literally fell forward off a very low guitar stand onto the carpeted stage. The neck cracked, right at the bottom of the headstock. Lucikly; the club owner had an old Les Paul standard, which he let me use for the entire night.
I’m not sure about the spelling in the following, as that was many years ago. Anyway, I took the guitar to J. Rayne Music in Atlanta, and dropped it off. They were an authorized repair center for many different makes of guitars, as well as making their own line of full custom guitars; and they were very well known in the music industry.
They fixed my guitar over the space of a long lunch, which even included a French polish refinishing of the damaged area. When I picked it up, the guy at the counter told me to keep the receipt of their repair work in the case with the guitar.
That was the best info I ever got for free! I traded in that guitar a bit later on a Gibson L6S. When the store owner saw the remnants of the crack on the back of the neck; he was quite concerned. When I showed him the receipt for the repair, and where it had been done; he gave me full value for that guitar on the trade-in.
As my Daddy used to say; “son, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.”
Now the second one came to me in a round-about way.
A friend and her husband came to see us when I was playing the L6S at a club in Shiloh G#orgia, and he brought along his guitar for me to play, so he could hear what “it was supposed to sound like.” He went crazy over the L6S, and I really liked the way his Deluxe sounded and played. So, when I got back to Columbus about 4:AM; I went to his house, and beat on the door. He evenrually got up, came to the door, amd was wondering “what’s up?” I told him that I’d trade him even for the Deluxe, and he was good-to-go!
I played that guitar until I got back to Florida, where I traded it for an early Gibson Firebird, and that was the second to last Les Paul that I ever had. The rest may come out one day in the future; older brain cells willing…