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1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard Tobacco Sunburst 100% Original w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Hangtags, Receipt


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Up for sale, a 1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the hardshell case, all original factory paperwork, and receipt. Offering a particularly powerful acoustic tone that punches and chimes in equal measure, this Les Paul has a traditional tonewood complement including a carved maple top, mahogany body, and three-piece maple neck. The early '80s represented a return to form for the Les Paul Standard model in terms of tonal intent and top-notch construction, and this Les Paul is a vital, lively instrument.

At the heart of this Standard is the pair of original Tim Shaw PAF humbuckers, which represent Gibson's first (and arguably most successful) attempt at recreating the magic of their late '50s humbucker design. Offered for only a few short years in the '80s, the Shaws are designed with unoriented, rough cast Alnico V magnets, plastic spacers, and poly-coated wire, achieving the harmonic complexity, power, and tonal clarity of the original PAF. These Shaws have a sweet, singing quality, with rich harmonic content and a very dynamic sound. The guitar weighs 9lbs 15oz,  professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C profile carve at the nut, with significant roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and 1.040" at the 12th. On the extremely dark and tight-grained bound rosewood fretboard, the original wide/flat medium jumbo fretwire shows virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has Gibson's traditional 1 11/16" width. The headstock retains the original "Standard" truss rod cover, and the guitar features original GIbson "flower" tuning machines with some surface patina on the metal tulip buttons. The headstock volute is also stickered with an "Authorized Gibson" badge, as this guitar was originally sold in the Japanese market (further verified by the original serialized Japanese receipt included with the guitar).

All of the electronics work as they should, and the stock Tim Shaw PAFs have patent number baseplates with inked date stamps from the January of '81. These pickups read in the mid-7k range, firmly in the low wind PAF camp for a particularly clear and harmonically-rich treble response. The original wiring harness features untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date between late 1979 and the 45th week of '80. The chrome plated hardware comprises the Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar, with some surface patina on the bridge and jack plate. All of the original plastic is present including the amber speed knobs, cream pickup rings, switch surround and pickguard with some requisite light pick scuffing.

The Tobacco Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the three-piece maple cap has well-matched seams. The gloss lacquer finish on top is extremely well-kept and glossy, and the back shows a small spot of light buckle rash just north of the control cavity cover, with just a few additional minor nicks and finish scratches on the body as a whole.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included and extremely clean with a silver Gibson silkscreen on the lid, a red plush interior, original latches, and handle. All of the original factory paperwork is also included along with the original receipt.