1983 Gibson Les Paul Custom

  • $5,500.00
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Summary: This is a stunning Gibson Les Paul Custom from 1983 in a nicely yellowed-with-age Alpine White finish. It is all original and has been inspected, set up and restrung by our luthier with a new set of 10s. The thin profile neck feels incredible with its dark ebony fretboard, MOP block inlays and nice big frets. The “Tim Shaw” humbucker pickups sound sweet and full with tons of chime and girth. This is truly one of the most amazing Les Pauls we have in our shop. This LP plays so well and sounds so brilliant that 11 pounds is merely a number. It ships in a vintage brown Gibson hard-shell case.

Body: The body is 3 solid pieces of mahogany with a carved top, 6 ply w/b/w binding on top and 4 ply w/b/w binding on back. It has a black 3 ply pickguard and the original alpine white finish which has aged no a nice smoky amber yellow.

Neck: This is one of the best necks I have felt on a Les Paul, it’s a nice thinner C shape, not too thin and not too big. It’s a mahogany neck with a bound ebony fretboard with beautiful mother of pearl block inlays. The Frets are in great shape with lots of height on them and the whole neck matches the body with its killer white finish. One of the coolest things about this guitar are its rare Gold Gibson Keystone tuners with retractable levers to assist in tuning! The nut width is 1 11/16” and the scale length is 24 ¾”.

Pickups/Hardware: This beauty has all gold hardware, 2 “Tim Shaw” humbucking pickups that sound sweet and full, 2 volumes, 2 tones and a 3-way toggle switch. The tune-o-matic bridge and ‘80s style stop tailpiece with micro tuning adjustments keep the guitar in great tune and make minor tuning adjustments on the fly a breeze. There are really neat gold “cat eye” shaped strap buttons and rare Gibson gold keystone tuning keys with retractable levers to assist in tuning.

Cosmetics: This Les Paul is in pretty great shape but does show some battle scars, all typical of a guitar of its age. There are a couple small chips in the white finish on the tips of the headstock, cracking in the binding at the end of each fret which matches the finish checking all over the neck and minor chips where the binding meets the neck wood. The top and back of this Custom are pretty clean with the exception of a chip in the finish on the top where you rest your arm, some fine finish checking in the top, sides and back and minor pick scratching on the pickguard. The back of the guitar does not have much wear to it, as you would expect lots of buckle rash on a guitar like this, instead there are just a few small dings and a few scuffs. There are some cracks and wear in the binding around the body. The 2 glue seams where the body was glued up can be seen slightly on the body. The pickguard is warped a bit, the hardware has some corrosion and wear especially on the bridge pickup and bass side of the tune-o-matic bridge. The pickups and electronics are working as they should with no issues. All the patina that we see on this gorgeous Les Paul just add to its beauty and are strictly cosmetic. Over all, this guitar is in great shape and will be playing for many more years…hopefully for eternity.

Playability: We put a new set of 10’s on this Gibson & gave it a full set up so it plays & sounds great. The truss rod is fully working, the frets are plenty high with very little wear to mention, the action is low & the fingerboard feels great up & down the neck.

Weight: 11 lbs, 3 oz.

Case: This vintage Gibson ships in a vintage Brown Gibson hard-shell case & we will package it well & ship it fully insured through Reverb.com.