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1997 Gibson Les Paul Standard (serial number 92127516) -- Ebony Finish -- Priced to Sell
Description: This is a Nashville-made 1997 Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar in good condition (see details below photos). This model features a very glossy (and striking) ebony-black finish, abound maple top, mahogany body and neck, and a rosewood fretboard. It has been updated with two Gibson PAF re-issue humbucking pickups (which sound great) and Grover tuners. It has thenormal LP-standard features -- trapezoidal inlays, Nashville tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, 22 frets. It comes with original hard-shell case which is in decent condition.
Background: I bought this guitar about 6-months ago, on impulse, at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan. It had new strings and was professionally set-up, and has been played very little since I bought it. I am selling it because the computer I use for my home recording studio died (catastrophically) and I need the cash to replace it. Because I already have a Fender Strat, a Gibson SG, and a Ric 620, but no good computer for recording, I find myself needing a new desktop computer much more than a 4th guitar. After all, I can only play one at a time. The decision to sell the Les Paul was very difficult but I am sentimentally attached to the other guitars, so this is the one that has to go.
After reviewing the other LP standards for sale on ebay, I have set up what I hope will be a great buy so that I can make a quick sale. I'm not trying to wring out the best price I can get -- I want to unload this fast so I can continue recording music. Accordingly, I think the price/auction set-up will be extremely competitive and basically just a very good deal for the buyer.
Details -- the good and bad news: The guitar overall is in good condition and looks great from a distance. On close inspection one can see signs of wear and tear expected on a 14-year old guitar. The major downsides are as follows: visible wear on the the fretboard, minor surface blemishes on the front (see photos), the usual fine pick scratches on the body opposite of where the pickguard is, a tiny chip on the upper back corner on the headstock, and some wear on the back of the body. The headstock was apparently cracked at one time, and professionally repaired (according to Elderly Instruments). Occasionally, the neck pickup will cut-out for just a split-second if you hit it with the pick just wrong, but this happens infrequently enough that I've not bothered to track down the problem.
On the plus side, the guitar sounds fantastic with the PAF re-issue humbuckers. It is set-up and ready to play with new strings. Personally, I like its strong and well-defined low end, which is great for a throaty high-gain roar of a sound, while at the same time it cleans up beautifully for restrained and "pretty" Chicago blues and jazz tones. The action is perfect, not too low nor too high, and the guitar is fabulously playable.
On May-26-11 at 06:38:42 PDT, seller added the following information:
Revision Notes: In response to viewer's questions, I have added pictures to show the headstock repair and the back of the body.
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