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1991 Gibson Les Paul Classic Heritage Cherry Sunburst w/ Chainsaw Case


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Up for sale, a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Classic in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a molded hardshell “chainsaw” case. First introduced in 1990, the Classic uses the 1960 Les Paul Standard as a jumping-off point, boasting many features in-line with the golden era of Les Paul production including a correct ‘50s headstock shape, push-in tuner bushings, ABR-1 bridge, and a slimmer 1960 neck profile.

Weighing only 9lbs 4oz, this Les Paul features a two-piece carved maple top, mahogany body, and a one-piece mahogany neck capped by a bound rosewood fretboard. Offering plenty of resonance, sustain and natural acoustic bark, this Les Paul is loaded with the original 496R and 500T humbucker pair. Some of Gibson's most hotly wound ceramic magnet humbuckers, the 496R delivers a biting, bluesy edge with notable treble detail and an increase in harmonics, while the 500T delivers a rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs, wax potted for ideal feedback rejection in high gain scenarios. This Les Paul Classic has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Slender ‘60-style C, full shoulders, measuring .760” 1st fret, .860” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, pearloid trapezoid inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Gibson Deluxe double-line
-Serialization: Inked serial, 1991

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany, two-piece carved maple top
-Pickups: 496R/500T humbuckers
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS pots date to ‘91
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, stopbar (nickel-plated)
-Plastics: One-ply pickguard and amber bonnet knobs (replacement), cream pickup rings/jack plate

The top presents extremely well, and the lightly diffused Heritage Cherry Sunburst highlights subtle bubble maple figuring on the lower bout which reveals itself at certain angles. There is some light checking on the ambered top binding, and cosmetic wear on the body is limited to some small dings, largely central to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss. The cleat coat has been stripped from the headstock face (along with the “Les Paul Model” silkscreen text), revealing the satin black lacquer.

A 1980s Gibson “chainsaw” molded hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.