81 Les Paul Custom, Help With Value?

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  1. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Member

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    Hi Folks,
    I have available to me a 1981 (I think) Les Paul Custom:
    A) Originally alpine white, now pretty creamy.
    B) Light buckle rash on the back that doesn't go through to wood and is more like dquiggly dents in the finish.
    C) Original pups are gone and has some Dimarzios or Seymour Duncans.
    D) Medium fret wear/divots, but with enough meat left for a good level/crown/polish.
    E) Generally good condition, with a bit of wear on the gold hardware and a few little dings, here and there, commensurate with a guitar that's been played at least a bit for 35 years. It has a couple long cracks in the finish on the front, seemingly at the seams of the maple top.
    Anyone care to offer an opinion on it's realistic value? I probably need to move on it kinda quick, if I want it!
    Here's a few crappy cell phone pics:

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    Thanks Folks,
    Gene
     
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  2. Who

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    I expect someone would ask for $2,500, and settle in the neighborhood of south of $2,000, but probably more than $1,500.

    The original pickups might have been Shaws, and missing those is a big bummer to the price.
     
  3. The Ballzz

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    So if I could possibly skank it for less than $1500, I likely won't get hurt if I decide to sell it? It does not have the expected "CHAINSAW" case, but instead a fairly flimsy brown Gibson case.
    Thanks,
    Gene
     
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    if you can get it for $1500 do it....I have a chainsaw case for sale.

    probably an $1800-$2000 guitar.
     
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    Too bad it doesn't still have the Shaws. The owner didn't keep them?
     
  6. The Ballzz

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    Ya got a PM!
    Thanks,
    Gene
     
  7. The Ballzz

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    Do we think this guitar would be better for resale with it's current pickups or a set of gold humbuckers that I have. I still need to more accurately identify the pups, but I know they are from a late 80's to early 90's Les Paul Custom. In DC resistance the bridge reads 14.10K and the neck, 8.47K. Any idea what these pups may be? The only markings are the stamped PAT NO. 2,737,842 on the base plates.
    Thanks Folks,
    Gene
     
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    probably dirty fingers and 496-8 etc. etc.

    pics would help a lot.
     
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    Yep, early 500T/496R set I'd guess...IF there are 3 magnets in the bridge pickup..otherwise, I'd say 498T/490R set.
     
  10. The Ballzz

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    I thought the Dirty Fingers had four wires? These have the standard braided shield, single center conductor wire. I was thinking maybe a version of Burstbucker? I'll get some pics after I get back from "stealing" this guitar! :naughty:
    Thanks,
    Gene
     
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    Too early for Burstbucker Gene..they could only be the 500T/496R set or the 498T/490R set...which did come as you describe..I have a 500T like that..and it fits under a 70's T Top cover..
     
  12. Who

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    If the pickups aren't original, does it really matter for resale?

    That said, it would certainly look better to have the other pickups in there.
     
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    agreed who.....no rreal change except the appearence...I think that is what Gene meant.

    lets hope he gets it....we need some new Norlin Blood.....we have been a little stale....especially ME!
     
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    Still need to get pics of the pups and more pics of this really playable instrument, but man "O" man, it's a boat anchor at an even 12 pounds! :wow: Time to clean the work bench and dig into makin' this all it can be. I may give it a "gentle" fret level/crown/polish, but first I'll give it a good setup before I decide yay or nay!
    Thanks,
    Gene
     
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    TWELVE POUNDS?! Holy Schmokes.


    You know you need to tell us what you paid, right? :naughty:
     
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    Well, maybe after I tell you how much I get. :naughty: Let's just say that I actually "robbed" a pawn shop! :beer::doh::cheers2: This is my first planned flip. Now, I just need to discipline this poor lost puppy to make sure it "DOES NOT" give me the sad eyes and try to bond with me. I think I can, I think I can, I think I.......yeah, RIGHT! That fargen Einstein dude is again rearing his disheveled, fuzzy head, spouting his logical equations!

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    Gene
     
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    In my neck of the woods that guitar will go all day for $2500. white LPC's (especially yellowed) get more money as a rule. I have never seen a white custom go for $1500 ever. Just my 2€....
     
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    Well that's very good to hear! :cheers: I hope it's similar in my neck of the woods! :naughty: I just gotta keep reminding myself that I don't like binding on fingerboards.:rolleyes: And a 12 pound guitar is just too heavy for any sane person to own.:facepalm:

    Thanks,
    Gene
     
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    I own 2-12 pound Norlin Customs.......True Story.
     
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