1988 Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite

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  1. Deftone

    Deftone Senior Member

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    Still not sure I really want to do this, but I'm considering selling my '88 LPC Lite. If you're not familiar, the Custom Lites were made 1987-1989. It has a mahogany neck and body, Ebony fretboard and a 3 piece carved maple top. The main difference between the LPC Lite and a regular LP is the thickness of the body. The Mahogany back is about half as thick as any normal LP. It also has a tummy contour, rounded edges and no binding on the back side (like a Standard) and the 2nd tone knob is removed to accomodate a coil tap switch. It is much lighter than a regular LP, and as it sits closer because of the thin body, IMHO, much more comfortable to play.

    This guitar came with gold hardware and the original Gibson Bill Lawrence designed humbuckers, all of which will be included. I have replaced all the hardware with chrome, Gibson parts only, with the exception of the tuners, which are chrome locking Sperzels. The pickups are Gibson 490R/498T. I had a fret leveling & set-up done a couple years ago, as well as a graphite nut installed.

    There is some wear on the back of the neck, some checking on the binding and various dings and scratches here and there. I have some better more detailed pics I'll post later. It comes with one of the pink interior/tan exterior HSC's. The case is pretty beat, but it does the job.

    I have another one of these in black, as well as a Studio and a couple of other guitars, so I really don't use this guitar too often. Might as well go to someone who is going to play it. That said if I can't get what I want for it, I'd rather just keep it. I'm asking $1850 + Packaging, Shipping, Pay Pal fees & Insurance.


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    Never seen one before, but I know I would love one :thumb:
     
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    It's not for everyone, but if you find Les Pauls too heavy and too thick, it's awesome.

    I should also mention it has the thinner 60's style neck profile. They are mentioned in Tony Bacon's Les Paul book if you want to know more.

    Oh, I should also mention that I installed the Sperzels, and I modified them slightly to fit on the LP. No extra holes were drilled in the headstock or anything.
     
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    Deft, that is NOICE!
     
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    Thanks, DJ. I really like it, but like I said I have another.

    I have better pics at home, but here's a closer shot:

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    It's pretty much just like a SG, without the double cut pretty much. I'm sure I would dig it.
     
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    Is it that red in person?
     
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    Yea, it's pretty red. If I keep it I might fade it....
     
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    If I bought it, I would. :naughty:

    Just have to wait and see how much tax rebates are.
     
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    It's a bit thicker and heavier than an SG, it has the carved maple top. And it's not neck heavy like an SG.

    They made a Studio Version in '89 as well. And some of the '89's have Floyds. I've also seen one Custom Lite with a Bigsby Trem.

    Here's an '89 with a Floyd.

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    50% or more of these Custom Lites I've seen come in this pinkish color called "Sunset Mist."
     
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    I've been fascinated with these guitars since around 2002 and when I bought my 1st one (this one) I sold my other two LP's.
     
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    pics of the black one!!
     
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    Pretty cool guitars :thumb:

    Sounds like my kind of Les Paul.
     
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    that thing is awesome. wanna trade for my motorcycle? LOL
     
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    The YZF? Tempting.....You gonna ride it out to CA from NH?

    ...and the black '87 isn't for sale.
     
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    A pink one just sold on ebay for close to $1700 and a black one sold for almost $2200. I had links but they died.

    And one of the Gibson/Bill Lawrence HB's just sold for $125 alone. You could probably get $200-300 back just selling the extra hardware.
     
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    I like it, too bad this years guitar budget got blown last year:hmm:
     
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    is that silverburst in the auction one of your lites also?
     
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