Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Custom
1983 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue page 8
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Gibson 1983 guitar and bass catalogue. Page 8. Details of the Les Paul range of electric guitars; left-hand page of a two-page spread.
The 1983 Les Paul range demonstrated in this catalogue was somewhat slimmed down from the previous line-up shown in the 1980. But there are a few Les Paul variations mentioned in price lists of the time not included here.
The 1983 base price for the Les Paul Custom was $1099. Shown here are two rather nice examples, each with non-standard features. The guitar on the left, although in a standard Ebony finish, has the optional Super Tune Vibrola, which adds $200 to the base price, $1299. The guitar on the right has the standard stop tailpiece, but is in a custom Candy Apple Red finish, $85 extra, $1184. The only other standard finish this year was Wine Red, but numerous custom finishes were available: Antique Natural, Antique Sunburst, Vintage Cherry Sunburst, Pearl White and Ivory.
Left handed models were an additional extra $100. Both of these guitars had gold-plated hardware throughout, but an everso slightly cheaper version of the Custom with Chrome hardware was also available - see the right-hand side of this double page.