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Gibson Les Paul Series

1983 Gibson 'American-made. World-played' catalog, page 7

Gibson 1983 guitar and bass catalog. Introduction to the Les Paul range of guitars. Pictured is the Les Paul Standard.

1983 "Gibson American-made. World-played" catalog, page 7: Gibson Les Paul Series
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1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco Sunburst

1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco Sunburst

Monrovia, California, 910**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100

1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco  Sunburst
This is an amazing example of a rare, short run model Gibson early / mid 80s Les Paul Studio Standard (Lighter body, full binding same electronics=incredible / unmatched tone from really cool late 80s Gibson stamped Pickups - plasticised!!) Slightly thinner body and LIGHTER lbs. than the typical Standard, super comfortable neck, mahogany body and neck. Original black pick guard and switch tip (included) This guitar is a jaw dropper ... more
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2023 Gibson Les Paul Junior - Vintage Tobacco Burst Locking Tuners W / Case

2023 Gibson Les Paul Junior - Vintage Tobacco Burst Locking Tuners W / Case

Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 565**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1479

2023 Gibson Les Paul Jr. Grover Licking Tuners, original case and case candy. Small ding on neck (pictured) does not affect functionality or playability
... more
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1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior TV Yellow Lefty Conversion w / HSC

1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior TV Yellow Lefty Conversion w / HSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9995

1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior In TV Yellow Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Converted To Left-Handed By Previous Owner
Holes For Volume, Tone Controls, And Wraparound Bridge Stud Filled With Finish Touch Up In Those Areas (See Photos)
Input Jack Covered With Black Plastic Plate
Cavity Routed On Back For Lefty Electronics
Lefty Input Jack Installed
Non-Original Pots
Original Pickguard Flipped
Cosmetic ... more
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Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Burst Electric Guitar

Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Burst Electric Guitar

Fair Oaks, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3400

Beautiful vintage Les Paul. This one has definitely seen tons of stages. All the wear is natural. This is one of those guitars that is a pleasure to play because it's so worn in in all the right spots.

The pots and harness / 3 way switch appear to be original. The tuners have been changed to Grovers. I'm not 100% sure but I think it's safe to say that it probably has a refret based on how much wear is on the guitar. medium jumbo frets look and feel new. The knobs are ... more
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1962 Gibson Les Paul SG Custom White Electric Guitar w /  OHSC 3 PAFs

1962 Gibson Les Paul SG Custom White Electric Guitar w / OHSC 3 PAF's

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$15000

1962 Gibson Les Paul SG Custom White Electric Guitar w / OHSC 3 PAF's
Hey now! You're looking at an incredible vintage guitar This is a 1962 Gibson Les Paul SG Custom Electric Guitar It weighs 7 lbs 10 oz, 24 5" scale length, 1 67" nut width The 5 digit serial number, 47432 dates this guitar to 1962 This guitar itself is absolutely incredible It was just professionally setup by renowned luthier Joe Giselli. The neck is straight, and the frets are clean The tone is exactly what you'd expect, ... more
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Epiphone 1959 59 Les Paul Standard Outfit Inspired By Gibson

Epiphone 1959 59 Les Paul Standard Outfit Inspired By Gibson

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$650

Like new condition. No issues, scratches, or dings. I have played several of these and this is the best one I??ve played of this specific model. Selling because I need the money. Shipping within the continental US only
... more
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1986 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard Wine Red LP W / Case

1986 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard Wine Red LP W / Case

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3399

This listing is for a
1986 Gibson Les Paul Standard Wine Red LP W / Case
Very clean, very nice 80's vintage LP Standard
9 2 lbs
Wine red is my personal favorite color from this era and this one presents really well
There are some slight pick scratches etc and very little rivet wear on the back, but as you can see by the pics, its in great condition
All original, the case is period correct, but I'm not sure that this one wouldn't have come with the chainsaw case, so it may ... more
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1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Heritage Cherry Sunburst W / OHSC-Excellent!!

1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Heritage Cherry Sunburst W / OHSC-Excellent!!

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

This listing is for a
1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Heritage Cherry Sunburst W / OHSC
Super clean, super cool, Studio Standard from 1985
9 4lbs
This guitar is in almost unbelievably nice shape. All original, it does come with 2 sets of tuners
The only real marks to speak up are some simple discolorations on the back of the neck. Nothing you can feel, it is under the lacquer. Other than that, this guitar is about as nice as you will find
The neck has a great feel and ... more
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1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Natural Vintage

1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Natural Vintage

Rocklin, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

Vintage 1978 Gibson les paul deluxe. Good condition for its age with most of the cosmetic wear being on the back of the body. Action is low and plays great. Frets are low, but have definitely been dressed and serviced throughout the guitar's life.
This is a factory natural finish, not a refinish. The neck pickup is stock / original. I have pics of all the electronics upon request. The bridge is a Fender pickup. Sounds amazing. This thing is a tone monster weighing in at 10lbs 3oz. Has coil ... more
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard

1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Madisonville, Tennessee, 373**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

This Les Paul has a lot of character. The neck is fast and straight no issues. The frets are good no buzzing, truss rod is good. All the electronics are good and work properly and are original. The guitar has been played dings, belt rash, and scratches give the guitar a vintage look and age. Original chainsaw case and candy. The guitar weight is 9 2 lbs. No cracks or repairs. I have the original strap buttons that I will reinstall once sold. I great early 80's Les Paul Standard. Lots of ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker

Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker

Yukon, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$612

Yes, a vintage Gibson Les Paul solid body tenor guitar! This guitar started life as a 3 / 4 size, short scale 1961 six string Gibson single cut Les Paul Melody Maker. I bought it from a Nashville dealer who advised that it had been radically modified and equipped with 2 Gibson humbuckers. The problem was that the routing beneath the pickguard was "messy" and the bridge didn't fit well. Even so, the guitar played great. After I bought it I had the idea to get it restored and modified again to ... more
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1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst

1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5939

Up for sale is a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in its original Tobacco Sunburst finish. This guitar is killer and looks absolutely amazing! This example is all original less a pro refret and changed strap buttons. Wiring harness is nice and clean with all pots dating to the 4th week of 1976. Pickups are original and have a patent stamp on the bottom. Pro setup in house and comes complete with a non original hard case. Weight: 10lbs. 9oz.

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1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom

1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom

Hillsborough, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9899

This is a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar from the Gibson Les Paul series. It features a custom model design and is a part of the Musical Instruments & Gear and Guitars & Basses categories. Serial # 627256
... more
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1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000

1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC
Hey now! I'm excited to offer one of the cleanest '61s I've ever seen This is a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Electric Guitar It weighs 6 lbs 12 oz, 24 5" scale, 1 68" nut width, serial 38568 This example is Gibson at its finest - slab mahogany body, one piece mahogany neck, and a single P-90 It has incredible natural resonance, and you know when an electric sounds that good unplugged, you're in for a treat when it's ... more
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1959 - 1960 Gibson Les Paul Special

1959 - 1960 Gibson Les Paul Special

Naples, Florida, 341**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8900

For sale - It??s an awesome playing and sounding guitar??it??s time for a new home and needs to be played more. It??s a 1960 a Gibson that has been Pro stripped and Refinished in Piano Black Nitro Laquer. Guitar looks awesome and Plays great with low action. Gibson Vintage Feel and Tone ! Light weight at 8lbs 2oz on my ??not legal for sale scale??. When I got the guitar it was in the process of being parted out ?? I purchased the following original 1960 parts : Husk which had been properly ... more
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1973 Gibson Les Paul Signature Electric Semi Hollowbody Guitar Goldtop Gold

1973 Gibson Les Paul Signature Electric Semi Hollowbody Guitar Goldtop Gold

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3850


Presenting the iconic 1970s Gibson Les Paul Signature Guitar in stunning Goldtop finish, a true testament to vintage craftsmanship and timeless allure. This guitar boasts a rich history and unmistakable aesthetic, featuring an arched maple top, matching maple rims, and an arched maple back, all meticulously crafted to perfection. Its double cutaway design offers seamless access to the entire playing register, while the semi-acoustic body with the distinctive "f" sound hole design adds to its... more
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Gibson SG Les Paul Junior c. 1963 - Cherry

Gibson SG Les Paul Junior c. 1963 - Cherry

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

This is a vintage circa 1963 Gibson SG Junior. This is an awesome, awesome player's guitar. It was refinished some time ago after having its headstock and heel repaired. Its edges were sanded down a bit before its finish work, so its contours are a little softer than they used to be. The repairs were done super well and are very stable. It was also at some point converted to a baritone, leaving some post holes behind in its body, now covered by a "Custom Made" plate (like they used to do!). It ... more
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1982 GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD, RED FINISH WITH ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED HARDWARE!

1982 GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD, RED FINISH WITH ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED HARDWARE!

Harrison, Arkansas, 726**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3495

This is a 1982 Les Paul Standard, in good condition, and fully original. The original red finish shows normal playing wear. The back of the neck has smooth playing wear, and the front of the body has finish wear between the pickguard and the cutaway. There are some other areas of wear like some nicks and dings that I've concentrated on showing them in the closeup pics
The original wiring harness has untampered solder joints, as seen in the last 3 close-ups, and the original pickups were ... more
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Vintage! 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Black Ebony 3 Pickup! + OHSC

Vintage! 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Black Ebony 3 Pickup! + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5995



Vintage! 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Black Ebony 3 Pickup! + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty with a Black Ebony Finish! This guitar has the tone and playability you would expect from a Les Paul Custom. Plugged in, this axe has some really nice meaty growls and great vintage like overtones! Really shimmery highs that don??t get harsh. It plays great, has a perfect neck and a ... more
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Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Burst Electric Guitar

Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Burst Electric Guitar

Fair Oaks, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

Beautiful vintage Les Paul. This one has definitely seen tons of stages. All the wear is natural. This is one of those guitars that is a pleasure to play because it's so worn in in all the right spots.

The pots and harness / 3 way switch appear to be original. The tuners have been changed to Grovers. I'm not 100% sure but I think it's safe to say that it probably has a refret based on how much wear is on the guitar. medium jumbo frets look and feel new. The knobs are ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.