Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson Les Paul Classic in excellent condition and perfect working order, upgraded with a pair of Gibson's Burstbucker Pro PAFs. Designed with the 1960 Les Paul Standard as its genesis, the Classic boasts many features that are notable to the golden age of Les Paul production including a more slender headstock shape, deep dish top carve, push-in tuner bushings, ABR-1 bridge, and a slimmer 1960 neck profile.
Fairly light for a Les Paul at 9lbs 4oz, with a solid (not weight relieved) mahogany body, this guitar has plenty of power and cut, with ample sustain which translates well through the Burstbucker Pro PAF humbuckers. The Burstbucker Pros are a slightly hot-rodded version of Gibson's Burstbucker PAF, with unmatched bobbin windings and Alnico V magnets (in place of the usual Alnico II). The sound is fat and meaty, interacting well with high gain amps and providing excellent feedback rejection while having a general tonal profile consistent with the PAF design. Whether you seek warm, silky neck pickup tonalities or bridge pickup sounds that have some push and growl, this Les Paul is a great candidate for covering a wide range of genres. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, this guitar plays exactly as a good Les Paul should with low action and solid intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a 1960 correct slim C-shaped profile carve with a fast, effortless feel, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .899" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a tight-grained cut with aged trapezoid inlays and the original slender fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and perfectly rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The headstock sports 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 reissues.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the upgraded Burstbucker Pro humbuckers feature nickel covers and PAF stickers on the baseplates. The harness has also been fully upgraded with tightly spec'd 500k CTS pots and Sprague Orange Drop capacitors. There's light uniform surface patina across the nickel-plated hardware including the ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, and the plastic parts include gold reflector cap knobs, and cream pickup rings with matching pickguard. The nitro lacquer gloss Trans Amber finish highlights a few ripples of figuring across the lower bout, with very tight, faint spiderweb lacquer checking across the top. Cosmetic wear includes light circular strap wear around the forward strap button, a few small nicks on the bass side lower bout edge on top, light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, and some scattered minor marks on the back and on the body parameter. The gloss lacquer on the profile is smooth and clean, free of palm wear with only a few minor marks, mostly central to the carve behind frets 5-8.
The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case and factory paperwork is included.