Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unusual Vintage Les Paul Standard in Fresno CA for $1500

I called this seller and she sounds honest and legit - but some things about this Les Paul just don't add up. The serial number for one thing - it would put this as a 1964! Gibson didn't make Les Pauls from 1961 until 1968 (they only made the SG body shape with a Les Paul name for a few years in the early 60's). This would be a very rare bird indeed.

I asked her to verify the serial and some other info and she said she would take more pictures and text them to me - so I will post if they arrive.

Needless to say after having wasted $885 on guitar scams in August I won't be biting on this one. I suspect it is some kind of a hybrid, refinished or reworked guitar. Of course if it is a refinished 1961 it would still be worth a fortune. Otherwise it is at least $20K under fair market value. And such a guitar really should not exist at all.

Much too good to be true. IMO. - JC

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Les Paul Guitar - $1500 (Tollhouse)

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Date: 2011-09-06, 11:42AM PDT
Reply to: sale-hvu5t-2584995268@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
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Real Deal Classic Les Paul Guitar. Rarely used. Serial # 69165. Call Tammy 559 *** ****.


•Location: Tollhouse

3 comments:

  1. looks like a 1996 Les Paul Classic from the features and serial...is the serial ink-stamped? The price seems about right in that case. Great blog, keep up the good work! =)

    from Gibson.com:
    Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.

    The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

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  3. You are absolutely correct - the 5 digit serial number threw me off until I found out from you and other sources that this was done by Gibson on the Les Paul Classics. The "Made in USA" stamp would have been another major giveaway (and of course the word "Classic" on the headstock logo if I could see that close LOL!) I do like the Burstbucker pickups in these - much more to my liking than the PAF's.

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I appreciate your comments but please no commercial links or non guitar related conversations. Thank you. - JC

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