Back in 1976 while the Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars were taking rock guitar players and musicians by storm , Gibson decided to make an artistic and fancier model and called it the Gibson Les Paul Artisan . Although they are 2 different gibson guitar models, the Gibson Artisan is very similar to the les paul custom but with a sleeker look . The gibson les paul Artisan had a carved maple top, gold hardware, hearts and flowers inlays on the headstock and fingerboard which was it's trademark (very similar to their gibson banjos), they had pre war similar style gibson logos. A tune o matic bridge (some had a rectangular bridge base in the 80s) , tp-6 fine tuning tailpeice ,2 or 3 humbuckers ( optional ), and were made in walnut , tobacco sunburst, and ebony finish . Most Artisan guitars were manufactured at the Kalamazoo factory. The Artisan guitars with the 3 humbuckers were better sellers, guitarists could of activated the middle pick up making it sound thinner to mimic the Fender Strat thus making it more versatile which was a popular feature for some during that era. This one is in very good conditon, with minimal wear. Typical small "belt rash" here and there on the back, but not even seen unless you rock the guitar back and forth in the light. Nothing major at all. Weight approx 10'16 lbs.