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Since your guitar has pots dating from 1971 and they appear to be original, we know it was produced in 1971 or later. Your guitar has cosmetic features and specifications similar to a Les Paul Standard.
However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between 19 (it was officially reintroduced in 1976).
The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, which was nearly identical to the Standard with the exception of mini-humbucker pickups, was produced during this time.
Further, beginning in 1972, Gibson began offering the Les Paul Deluxe with a special order of full-size humbuckers.
I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.
I believe your guitar is a circa- 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.
Based on the charts originally compiled from Gibson’s shipping ledgers by author A. Duchossoir, the serial number you provided could have been used on Gibson guitars produced in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, or 1975.
The most important dating feature on guitars with six-digit serial numbers is that, starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made In USA” near the serial number on the back of the headstock.
Most of the body appears to be in “very good plus” condition, and based on all of this, your guitar is valued between 00-00.
To recap: Inconsistent serialization and the fact that many Gibson guitars do not have the exact model marked on the instrument, dating and identifying older Gibsons isn’t easy.