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.
I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.Up until the early 1960s, serial numbers were fairly consistent, but for most of the 1960s and 1970s, six-digit numbers were used pretty much at random.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 serial number is 676323, and “Made in USA” is stamped below that.I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.As for dating pots, you are correct that the fourth and fifth numbers of the potentiometer date code indicate the last two digits of the year (that is, the “71” in your serial number stands for 1971).Checking the date codes on pots is usually the second step (after approximating the date of the serial number) in determining the guitar’s year. And because many manufacturers purchased pots in large quantities, the pots could sit on the shelves for weeks—if not months—before they were installed.