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1990 Gibson Les Paul Standard Alpine White w/ Gold Hardware, 1 of 200 w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1990 Gibson Les Paul Standard with a custom color Alpine White gloss nitro lacquer finish and original gold hardware. A rare, limited edition model and 1 of 200 produced with these unique cosmetic features, production of this Les Paul Standard iteration ran from 1989-90. This is an extremely soulful and lively Les Paul, studio and stage-ready with a professional stainless steel refret and carved bone nut.

With a carved maple top and solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body, the instrument has a big, balanced acoustic tone with sustain and punch to spare, weighing 9lbs 9oz. The 490R and 498T humbuckers are very early examples that still have patent number baseplates, and these pickups have a wide tonal palette, with Alnico II magnets in the neck pickup offering more chime and warmth, while the Alnico V bridge pickup has a snarl that cuts through with classic Gibson roar. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Les Paul Standard is setup with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and solid intonation.

The neck has Gibson's '60s C profile carve, slender and fast-feeling at the nut with notable roundness and heft in the higher registers, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard has been professionally refretted with stainless steel medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has Gibson's traditional 1 11/16" width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock retains the original "Standard" truss rod cover and features a set of era-correct Grover Rotomatic gold tuning machines with patina consistent with the rest of the gold hardware. There are additional cleanly filled mounting holes for other tuners which had been installed in the guitar’s lifetime.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the stock pickups and clean patent number baseplates. The wiring harness is untouched, with original solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 16th week of 1990. There is patina through the gold plating on the original pickup covers and stopbar, with a replacement gold Nashville bridge with brighter plating.

The original nitro lacquer gloss Alpine White finish has gracefully yellowed over the past three decades, framed by ambered body and neck binding, and cosmetic wear includes some localized circular scuffing where the forearm crosses the top, extending more faintly behind the bridge and adjacent to the knobs. There is light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, a few additional minor nicks on the body as a whole, and a few cleanly doweled extra strap button holes adjacent to the current locations. The neck profile has a very smooth gloss with just a couple tiny marks.

The original black "chainsaw" molded hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.