1958 gibson les paul custom

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  1. ronrico19

    ronrico19 Member

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    Hi, I'm pretty sure I have a 58 les paul custom (it has the alnico v5, but it has a different pickup which replaced the p90). The serial number is worn and hard to read. I believe it reads either LE899121 or LE890122. I have pics, but the files are too large and I have to fix them. I'll try to have the pics up soon. Any help on serial numbers, info on places to buy original parts, or advise on leaving it original vs restoring it would be great.
     
  2. Es Paul

    Es Paul Senior Member

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    To get a better answer, you might have to get those pics up. The serial number should start with an 8 xxxx. I'm not sure about the LE.

    I thought that the 58 customs had PAF's in it from the beginning. Is it black?
     
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    I can't tell if its LE or E perhaps its an 8 not an E
     
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    This is a P-90 equipped 57 custom
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    This is a '58 Custom
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    How do you know that it is a '58?
     
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    I was told it was a 58, but I've been looking around it seems like the 56 and 57 have the alnico and the p90, so now I think its most likely not the 58. It has a white paf in the bottom now, but its not original.
     
  6. Es Paul

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    Is it black? The numbers seem like 1 too many or maybe you're just having trouble reading it. If you said the P90 was replaced with a paf, that means that it is most likely a 56 or early 57. But it can also be a '54 or '55. Any other details that you might like to add, feel free.

    The white paf is not original to the guitar but is it an original PAF? What do the tuning pegs look like?
     
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    Its black, all gold hardware, grover super rotomatic tuners, headstock says Gibson les paul custom, square pearl fret inlays, split diamond headstock inlay, not sure on the paf, but its old as well. Sorry pics would be so much easier
     
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    What kind of bridge does it have? Is it the same setup as the pictures i posted above? I'm assuming it's a 2 pick up.

    An easy way to find out, or easier way I should say is, remove the control backplate and read the code on the pots.
     
  9. EvLectric

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    LE? - Limited Edition?:hmm:
    Can you at least reduce the size of the serial number pic & post that?
    With that serial I don't know what to think.
     
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    Don't forget guys, the '72 - 55 reissues had the staple front pickup.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that they didnt use LE back then. It's throwing me off but I'm sure he has an interesting custom that has been rerouted for pafs.
     
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    It has a stopbar tail and tuneomatic bridge
     
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    Good point. but, I wonder if the serial number started with LE in those days.
     
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    Is it possible you can check the pot codes on it?

    This is a pic of a late 50's cavity
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    No, I'm pretty sure it didn't.
    That was kinda 2 thoughts at the same time.:)
     
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    I can check the pot codes in tomorrow, its 3:15am here now and I don't really want to open it up when I'm this tired, sorry.
     
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    Sorry for the sporadic posting but I'm finding new info along the way. Apparently, the grovers came stock with the '58 customs

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    I don't know how you can sleep on this. I'm having trouble sleeping bc of it.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
    :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
     
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    Didn't some Japanese (Greco, Burny, etc) guitar companies have an LE serial at some point?
     

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