Custom Shop Les Paul serial # dating?

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  1. Termanator7

    Termanator7 Senior Member

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    Wow, it's been a while since I posted on here.

    Anyways, so the owner at the shop I go to recently got a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty to put up for sale. However, he was having problems finding out when exactly the guitar was made. He thinks it was made during the 80's, but he is not sure. I informed him of the Guitar Dater Project, he put the serial number on the website, and it said,

    "Your guitar may have been made prior to 1977, in that case you may need to use the Vintage Panel, simply select all the options that best describe your guitar. If you are still having difficulties please contact the webmaster."

    So I thought I should come back on here and ask you guys if you could see when the guitar was made. The serial number is: CS62920.

    Appreciate any help.
     
  2. straybeat

    straybeat Senior Member

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    Maybe this will help?

    Custom Shop regular production models
    CSYRRRR
    CS stands for "Custom Shop"
    Y indicates the production year
    RRRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of production

    Example: CS10845 is the 845th reg. production CS model produced in 2001.
     
  3. Oranjeaap

    Oranjeaap Senior Member

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    I believe that CSxxxxx numbers arent used before 2000.
    The custom you hvae there is from 2006
     
  4. neuronic

    neuronic Senior Member

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    Unfortunately I wasn't into Custom Shop Models up to now (moneywise), but since I'm seriously considering to get into it:

    Does every Custom Shop Model have a serial with letters in it?
    I've been offered a LP CS 1968 VOS - but this one got a non-letter, 6-digit serial, stamped :shock:

    Enlighten me, please...

    p.s.: seller says it's a RI

    (sorry 4 hijackin, btw)
     
  5. Oranjeaap

    Oranjeaap Senior Member

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    Naah only some models have that number. Most customs have it, and some regular USA models that somehow were made in the customshop have that serial number. Some SG's and explorers have it.

    The re-issues dont have it. So a 68 RI custom wouldnt have the CSxxxxx number.
    Ive played one 68RI and indeed it had a weird 6 digit serial
     
  6. neuronic

    neuronic Senior Member

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    Bedankt, Aap... :)

    The thing is, these strange serials can't be validated through like guitar dater or something - guitar dater claims this LP Custom 1968 Reissue "was made 1967 in Kalamazoo"... :hmm:

    Confusing.
     
  7. Oranjeaap

    Oranjeaap Senior Member

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    Yea. That website is quite unreliable
     
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