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1988 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Case


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Up for sale a 1988 Gibson Les Paul Standard in 100% original, honestly played condition and in perfect working order with a sleek Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish. 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, solid one-piece mahogany body, and mahogany neck. The '80s represented a return to form for the Les Paul Standard model in terms of construction, 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 8oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Les Paul Standard is dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action and solid intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark, tight-grained cut, and the original slender frets have vintage-spec width and full factory height, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays 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 bolt bushing Gibson-branded tuning machines with greened keystone buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the stock Tim Shaw PAFs have patent number baseplates and untouched solder on the covers, metering in the mid-7k range, firmly in the low wind PAF camp for a particularly clear and dynamic response. The wiring harness features original CTS pots which date from late 1987 to early '88. The chrome plating on the original hardware is quite clean, and all of the stock plastics are intact, with uniform aging of the pickup rings and pickguard.

The Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showing buckle rash on the back just north of the control cavity cover and also on the treble-side upper bout at the cutaway. There is additional guitar stand wear through the nitro gloss on the back lower bout body edge, and various scuffs and dings, largely on the body perimeter. The neck profile gloss is smooth and free of palm wear with a localized spot of rack rash behind fret 12.

A more recent brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included.