1959/84 Les Paul Standard

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  1. Maxwell17

    Maxwell17 Junior Member

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    I have an early 80's Les Paul standard that took me by surprise.. it's has Tim Shaw number stamped pickups, PAF stickers on th p/u rings and a chevron figured tobacco burst finish with a somewhat unique pattern on the front. I have always felt it was a special guitar and recently came across a calendar photo of a '59 and was taken back as the picture in the calendar was almost identical to mine. Is it possible that these early reissues were indeed reincarnations of the originals..? I suppose.

    Tell me what you think!

    The flattened grain pattern on the left top side is astonishingly like the calendar photo of a genuine '59.. including the reversed chevron.
     

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  2. RayTorvalds

    RayTorvalds Senior Member

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    I don't see the resemblance. Also, that '59 isn't a reversed chevron.
    Nice guitar you have there though ! :thumb:
     
  3. Maxwell17

    Maxwell17 Junior Member

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    Guessing that it's in the eyes of the beholder
    Camera angle and lighting have something to do with your perspective. I really wasn't expecting too much. I'm sure yours is a much nicer example.
     
  4. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    What re-issue is that that you have?
     
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    It's an early eighties standard. Some feel this was Gibson's first attempt at recreating the '59 with the original PAF's aka the Tim Shaw era guitars.
     
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    That honor would fall to the Heritage 80 series.
     
  7. Maxwell17

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    Actually the Sam Ash LP would be the earliest incarnation..
     
  8. HardCore Troubadour

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    the regular line early 80's standard was not a re-issue, nor speck'd like the late 50's guitars.....

    and actually the "strings and things" produced in the mid-70's (1975-78) was the earliest incarnation....then came the "KM" which was Kalamazoo's answer to Nashville's attempt (around 1979)....then Guitar Trader's prototypes and the Heritage 80's etc with the first Tim Shaw pick-ups....the line of GT's followed the Heritage series.....then Leo's, and Jimmy Wallace etc. etc. Then the Standard 82's.

    all of these happened very quickly at the beginning of the 80's but if it is not one of those, it is not a reissue....post pics of the back of the headstock and the cavities, that will tell the tale.

    check this guy....he knows.

    Michael A. Slubowski

    PS probably should get the mods to move this over to the Norlin section where the cool kids hang....just sayin'
     
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  9. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    With the '71-2 "58 Reissue" being the VERY first..but that wasn't trying to replicate a burst..but was Gibson's VERY first attempt at a reissue.
     
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    I agree with that....I was speaking that supposed "59" magic etc. :D
     

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