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1988 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Near Mint w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Case


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Up for sale, a 1988 Gibson Les Paul Standard in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A stunningly clean one family-owned guitar, this Les Paul has a particularly powerful acoustic tone that punches and chimes in equal measure. The ‘80s represented a return to form for the Les Paul Standard model in terms of top-notch construction and tonal intent, and the traditional tonewood complement comprises a carved three-piece maple top, mahogany body, and one-piece mahogany neck capped by a bound rosewood fretboard.

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. Weighing 9lbs 7oz, this Les Paul has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender and fast-feeling ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more roundness and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with pearloid trapezoid inlay and pristine slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock retains the original "Standard" truss rod cover, and the guitar features original bolt bushing Gibson Deluxe tuning machines with greened keystone buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Tim Shaw PAFs have patent number baseplates and untouched solder on the covers. The wiring harness features original CTS pots which date to the 48th week of 1987 and the 2nd week of '88. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, and plastics comprise the quartet of gold speed knobs and the cream pickguard.

The nitro lacquer Heritage Cherry Sunburst gloss finish is a dark and rich application, exceedingly well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to just a scant few faint marks on the back of the body. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.

The original Gibson “chainsaw” molded hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.