Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Custom

1983 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue page 8

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.

But naturally the two flagship Les Paul models, the Standard and Custom, are included.

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.

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