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1984 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst Collector Grade w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Chainsaw Case


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Up for sale, a 1984 Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. A stunning example with very light greening of the original Silverburst nitro lacquer gloss finish which was only offered from 1979-85, this Custom has been extremely well-kept since new, 100% original save for a professional refret with medium jumbo fretwire.

This Custom makes the most of the classic tonewood combination of a carved maple top, solid mahogany body, and ebony fretboard, delivering a palette of familiar Gibson tonalities, with a glassy treble register and plenty of warmth, power, and articulation. The guitar weighs 10lbs 7oz, with a natural punch and Gibson's near endless sustain. Arguably the most tonally impactful aspect of this Custom is the pair of original Tim Shaw PAF humbuckers, which were used for only a few short years in the '80s. Designed with unoriented, rough cast Alnico V magnets, plastic spacers, and poly-coated wire, the Shaw design achieves the harmonic complexity, richness, and tonal clarity of the original PAF. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Les Paul Custom with fresh 10-46 strings, optimal intonation, and low, slinky action.

The mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and a bit more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard has been professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire which has a bit more crown and meat than the factory fretwire while retaining the same width, ensuring effortless bending with notes that ring out clearly in every register. The new frets are flawless, and the original nut has been retained, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original nickel flip-out Speed Winder tuners, Gibson-branded and manufactured by Schaller, along with all the visual hallmarks of a Custom including multi-ply binding and split diamond inlay.

The electronics are all original, including the Tim Shaw PAF humbucker pair with untouched solder on the chrome covers and date stamps from March and April of 1984 on the pickup baseplates. The wiring harness retains the quartet of stock pots, with date codes from the 14th week of 1984. The chrome hardware is very clean, and the plastic parts include the unaged speed knobs with bright white lettering, and a similarly clean pickup selector surround and pickup rings, one of which still retains the tiny factory "PAF" sticker used to advertise the Tim Shaw pickups.

Cosmetically, this guitar is stunning, with very restrained aging of the clear coat of the nitro gloss, resulting in very minor greening of the Silverburst. The guitar exhibits light pick scuffing across the pickguard, a few pinhead-sized marks on top behind the bridge, and a sliver of wear through the nitro where the forearm crosses the top. There is also a very faint spot of targeted buckle rash at the treble side waist on the back, and a few additional minor marks on the back as well. The neck retains its smooth nitro lacquer Silverburst gloss along the profile length, with just a couple exceedingly shallow marks central to the carve behind frets 8-10, and a couple slightly more ambered lines in the clear coat of the gloss from resting on a guitar stand (not into the lacquer).

The original Gibson "Chainsaw" molded plastic hardshell case with black plush interior is included. The case is equally as clean as the guitar, with functional latches and the original Gibson badge on the exterior.