1996 Gibson Les Paul CLASSIC Premium Plus Amber Finish AAAA Top
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Here is an excellent example of a highly sought after and collectible Les Paul Classic Premium Plus with the classic feel, tone, and a stunning MONSTER Premium Plus AAAA FLAME-TOP to boot. This 1996 model pre-dates the re-designed, chambered models that have been available since 2008. THESE GUITARS WERE MORE ACCURATE TO ORIGINAL BURSTS THAN THE CUSTOM SHOP MODELS OF THE DAY. The high quality woods on this example provide the resonance & playability that are still desired by serious players and collectors. She weighs in around  8.5 pounds with a soild, one piece mahogany body. This guitar is in amazing condition and plays & sounds as good as it looks! I get monster tops in quite regularly and I can tell you that this one is as stunning as many of the pricier R9's that I sell all the time.  

 

It is also getting harder to find a newer Standard with such a perfect hand-picked maple top, with straight, defined flames running all the way to the edges. This deep 3-D top could easily have been slapped onto a $6000 1959 Reissue. In fact, with the comfortable 60's profile neck, it is difficult to feel the difference between this beauty and the pricier R0. So here's your chance to score an amazing, unique, and affordable Les Paul that feels and plays exactly the way a Gibson should!

The Gibson Les Paul Classic series began in 1990 with the Les Paul Classic, a reissue based on the 1960 Les Paul. The key feature of the Les Paul Classic was it's slim neck profile. The Les Paul Classic also had some other features true to the 1960 original: a narrow headstock, thin cutaway binding, aged yellowish fingerboard inlays, inked-on serial number, nickel hardware, vintage-style logo and aged binding on body and neck. Some differences were the Les Paul Classic's truss rod cover with "Classic" and pickguard engraved "1960." The pickups came with no covers so the coils were exposed, another characteristic to differentiate it from other Les Pauls, though this was fairly realistic given that many players removed the covers to get a better tone on their old Pauls.

The Classic was introduced with a retail price of $1,529 more expensive than Les Paul Standards at the time. The Classic's higher price was justified by its reissue-yet-modern vibe and was further enhanced by availability in several sunburst finishes, and in bullion gold on the top, sides, back and neck. Although most of the tops on sunburst Classic models were plain and special effort was made to find figured maple wood. The Les Paul Classic specifications were adjusted during the early 1990s. The first change was the addition of a curly or "Plus" top in April 1991 - for the Les Paul Classic Plus model which cost $2,099.

In many respects the Les Paul Classic was a more accurate reissue than the '59 Les Paul of the early 1990s. By swapping a few easily found parts: a blank truss rod cover, pickup covers, and a new pick guard, a pre 1993 Classic Plus with a nicely flamed top would look just as nice as a '59 reissue but over $2,000 cheaper.

In 1993 the Classic line was extended again with the introduction of the Premium Plus model. Dealers were unhappy with the variability of the figure in the Classic Plus models So the Classic Premium Plus guitars had tops which were better than "plus" tops but not usually as fancy as the '59 reissue tops. The Classic Premium Plus came without a pickguard fitted (it was supplied in the case) but cost $500 more than the Classic Plus when the only real difference between the Plus and Premium Plus was the top.

At the start of 1993 both these models were still almost like '59 reissues for a lot less money. Gibson fixed this in mid 1993 when the decal on the headstock of all Classics was changed from "Les Paul Model" to "Les Paul Classic" and they widened the binding in the cutaway. This stopped a Classic with swapped truss rod cover and pickguard being passed off as a '59 reissue.

Source: Eric Shoaf. Vintage Guitar magazine, May 1998.


 

* This guitar is in good condition but player grade.

 

* CHANGED PICKUPS AND ELECTRONICS.

  

 * SLIM TAPERED 60's neck profile, 496T 496R  pickups

 

* Amber finish over AAAA Flamed Maple top, 1-piece mahogany neck natural finish on the back

 

* Light-weight, NON chambered 1-piece mahogany body 

 

*  Double Cream pickup covers

 

* Includes luxury hardshell case 

 

* SUPER Light Weight!

 

Serial: # 6 4031

 

 

Factory Specs:

Carved AAAA flamed maple top

Mahogany back with cherry finish

Mahogany SLIM 60's-style neck

Rosewood fingerboards with 22 frets and trapezoid inlays

24-3/4" scale

1-11/16 nut width

Single-ply top and fingerboard binding

Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Nickel hardware

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switching

 

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  • Carved Maple Top: Beautiful Grain Pattern
  • Mahogany Neck: One Piece
  • Mother of Pearl Inlays: Big Block
  • Non Chambered Body: Yet Light Weight
  • Item #: CLASSICPPAMBROceanFront
  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Condition: Used

1996 Gibson Les Paul CLASSIC Premium Plus Amber Finish AAAA Top

Price: $2,500.00
Availability: Out of Stock