1985 Green Sparkle Custom

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  1. davesmedals

    davesmedals Junior Member

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    IMG_2677.JPG IMG_2678.JPG The IMG_2679.JPG IMG_2680.JPG IMG_2681.JPG I bought this guitar second hand around 1989-90. I've never seen anoher in this colour has anyone else?

    I know it's the original colour and not been re painted
     
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    davesmedals Junior Member

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    This is my first post, and I'm not sure what I'm doing lol
     
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    Under the volume & tone plate there is a number 5 and a code BW8-26/27

    Does anyone know what this means?
     
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    That's a very cool guitar you got there. Does it have Shaw pick ups? I have a Custom done in a green sparkle too which was a one off special order.
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Just a guess..but very possible that it is a BLACK sparkle, where the clear coat has greened up some..the binding and headstock is pretty ambered out too..so I would guess that the black you see in control cavity is the color it was originally.
     
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    davesmedals Junior Member

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    Thanks for your replys, I've no idea what the picks ups are to be honest, they have had this sticker on the plastic surround since the day I bought it, I must admit I almost pulled them off at one point (pictures added)

    I'm pretty sure it's olive green and not black, but this guitar has been a mystery for the 27 years I've owned it
     
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    That's a metallic grey '85 LP Custom that has had the clear coat yellow and make it appear green.
    It was a factory color option for the era.

    Here's one that hasn't yellowed:

    [​IMG]
     
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    If I'm not mistaken those stickers on the Pup rings indicate Shaws.
    They went from date stamping the bottoms to stickers near the end of usage.
     
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    I KNEW it was a green skin over it.
     
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    Yeah man, the ambering effect is HUGE!

    Beautiful guitar...

    :cheers2:
     
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    So if we are sure it's metallic grey with a factory skin, do we know how many metallic greys were produce in 1985, and how many is it lightly were green?
     
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    You'll need to contact Gibson customer service for that. Though I doubt they have that info. accurately logged somewhere, but it's worth a try if you really want to know.

    http://www.gibson.com/Gibson/Talk-2-Us.aspx

    But I've seen a couple for sale at different times in that finish btw.

    Here's one with a Kahler currently for sale on Reverb:
    https://reverb.com/item/3171269-gibson-les-paul-custom-1985-metal-flake-gray-silver

    Here's some completed Reverb listings:
    https://reverb.com/item/61007-gibson-les-paul-custom-1985-metallic-gray
    https://reverb.com/item/697146-gibson-les-paul-custom-1985-metallic-grey-and-original-case

    I don't think you understand the finish. The guitar finish is metallic grey. They then spray a clear coat on it. Over time... also being exposed to different elements, smoke, etc., that clear coat can turn a yellow or amber finish making whatever finish under it look a different color. In your case greenish.

    Might wanna post in the Norlin section for more info also:
    http://www.mylespaul.com/forum/norlin-years.30/
     
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    IMG_2688.JPG IMG_2689.JPG IMG_2690.JPG IMG_2691.JPG IMG_2692.JPG Right, now I think I understand lol, as far as adding it to the norlin section, I'd not have s clue how to, feel fee if you wish.

    I've also another custom I believe is cherry sunburst 73/74 (pics attached)
     
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    That makes me think of bowling balls and lowriders. Cool!
     
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    The finish is also sometimes referred to as 'gun metal grey' and 'Charcoal Metallic' (as Reverb refers to them as.) They are an uncommon finish from the 80s that didn't last too long - similar to Pearl White, Gold Burst and a few others.

    The yellowing of the lacquer definitely gives it a green hue, similar to silverburst customs. Here is a good picture that shows you what the original finish looks like, next to the original finish thanks to clear coat wear on the neck.

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    Here is the same phenomenon but on 70s/80s Silverbursts
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    That's an insanely classy color. Lots of Gibson's custom colors and bursts end up looking pretty cheesy to me (my opinion only), but like a goldtop, that particular green just seems to sit really nicely on the guitar without screaming at you. It's funny that it was never intended to look as it does -- but it's gorgeous!
     

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