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1997 Gibson Les Paul Classic Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst w/ 496R & 500T Humbuckers


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Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson Les Paul Classic, honestly played and in perfect working order. Designed with the 1960 Les Paul Standard as its genesis, the Classic boasts many features that are notable to that era of Les Paul production, such as a '50s headstock shape, deep dish top carve, push-in tuner bushings, ABR-1 bridge, and a slimmer 1960 neck profile. Notably light for a Les Paul at 9lbs 3oz, with a solid (not weight relieved) mahogany body, this guitar has plenty of power and cut, with ample sustain which translates well through the original 496R and 500T ceramic magnet humbuckers. The pickups capture the acoustic qualities of the body, and the guitar has a sizzling aggressive sound in the bridge position and rich roar at the neck. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-52 strings, this guitar plays exactly as a good Les Paul should with low action, solid intonation, and classic Gibson tone.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a 1960 correct slim C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has pearl trapezoid inlays (not artificially yellowed like later Classics) and the original frets. The slender frets have good meat and crown, dressed in the instrument’s lifetime and currently showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is optimally adjusted. The headstock sports the Classic-embossed truss rod cover, pearl Gibson inlay, Les Paul Classic gold silkscreen, and a set of original Kluson-style Gibson Deluxe tuners with greened keystone buttons and push-in bushings. The serial number is inked with the larger font seen on the earliest Classic models.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original humbuckers which have Gibson USA-embossed baseplates. Solder joints are untouched, and the harness features Alpha pots and ceramic disc tone caps. The ABR-1 bridge and stopbar have clean nickel plating, and plastics include the amber bell knobs, pickguard, and pickup rings. The neck pickup ring has a small split that doesn’t affect its stability.

The bold Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is glossy and bright, and cosmetic wear includes heavy buckle rash across the back and at the treble-side waist, with various dings and finish chips on the body perimeter. Wear on the top is far more restrained, with some minor marks, mostly clustered behind the bridge. There is prominent checking on the neck binding at the fret nibs, and the nitro lacquer on the profile shows palm wear through the gloss on the shoulders from frets 1-3. The neck profile finish is smooth and glossy on the whole, exhibiting a few minor marks on the profile length.

A padded Tour Grade gigbag is included.