1999 serial number question.....

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This is just a little outside of my wheelhouse and wanted to verify.......

Guy says this is a 1999 Custom "1980 reissue" and he bought it new.....someone know the serial number scheme for LP Customs from the Custom Shop in 1999?

I know they did the Classics with the first number being year and then 4 or 5 right behind (a 1999 guitar could read 990119, but I did not realized they did that format to CS guitars?

Any help...this is a few years outside of my norm, and as always, trust but verify.....




 

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According to Gibson:

1961-1969 Firebird, Les Paul, and SG reissues (since 1997):
YYRRRM
Y is the production year
RRR(R) indicates the guitar's place in production for that year.
M is the model being reissued
Reissue model codes:
1= SG Custom and Special
2= SG Standard
3= 1963 Firebird 1
4= 1964 Firebird III
5= 1965 Firebird V & VII
8= 1968 Les Paul Custom

Is that last digit an 8? That would make it a '99 reissue of a '68.
 

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Now I do think it is an 8......I had read all that but thinking it was a 9, did not work.

Damn, I bet it has a thin neck!
 

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My experience with an early ‘68 reissue it had a nice fat neck.... some later ‘68 reissued have chunky necks.... of course I have had limited samples.
 

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man, that would be great.......I am going to go check it out.

Selling one tomorrow morning, and hopefully buying one tomorrow evening.

The Sickness.....
 

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i was always under the impression '68s were fat, except for the "slim neck" versions.
 

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I don't know if they made 68RIs in 1999 but a 68RI serial number would begin with 09 just like 2000, 2010, 2020 all begin with 00. Best thing to do, if you can, is look under the neck pickup. Long tenon should also mean it has a solid body. Short tenon, assume it's just a fancier swiss cheese hole Custom.
 

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I will look but that is incorrect for 1999...it will start with a 99.

The literature was a little confusing on the first couple of reads, but that is correct.

Gibson Custom


1961-1969 Firebird, Les Paul, and SG reissues (since 1997):
YYRRRM
Y is the production year
RRR(R) indicates the guitar's place in production for that year.
M is the model being reissued
Reissue model codes:
1= SG Custom and Special
2= SG Standard
3= 1963 Firebird 1
4= 1964 Firebird III
5= 1965 Firebird V & VII
8= 1968 Les Paul Custom

Examples: 050102 is the 10th SG Standard reissue produced in 2005.
030084 is the 8th 1964 Firebird III reissue produced in 2003.

so this 1999 reissue of a 1968 LPC would be
99 (year) 011 (11th production number) 8 (1968 reissue)

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I will look but that is incorrect for 1999...it will start with a 99.

The literature was a little confusing on the first couple of reads, but that is correct.

Gibson Custom


1961-1969 Firebird, Les Paul, and SG reissues (since 1997):
YYRRRM
Y is the production year
RRR(R) indicates the guitar's place in production for that year.
M is the model being reissued
Reissue model codes:
1= SG Custom and Special
2= SG Standard
3= 1963 Firebird 1
4= 1964 Firebird III
5= 1965 Firebird V & VII
8= 1968 Les Paul Custom

Examples: 050102 is the 10th SG Standard reissue produced in 2005.
030084 is the 8th 1964 Firebird III reissue produced in 2003.

so this 1999 reissue of a 1968 LPC would be
99 (year) 011 (11th production number) 8 (1968 reissue)

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That serial # is much easier to read :)
 

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yes sir...when I thought it was a 9 on the end, I was really confused!

guy's phone came over on the Arc, I saw it when we met.

I bought it and will clean it up later this evening and get some pics etc. etc.

I hope the screws on the pup surrounds will turn, they have never been out.....

it is a beast so far....fat neck, 100% stock and a one owner until today.

@efstop do you know what pups it should have etc. etc.??
 

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Happy Used Custom Day!

I often wonder where my ~'74 ebony Fretless Wonder ended up.
 

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yes sir...when I thought it was a 9 on the end, I was really confused!

guy's phone came over on the Arc, I saw it when we met.

I bought it and will clean it up later this evening and get some pics etc. etc.

I hope the screws on the pup surrounds will turn, they have never been out.....

it is a beast so far....fat neck, 100% stock and a one owner until today.

@efstop do you know what pups it should have etc. etc.??
Sounds fantastic.... :applause:
 

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well boys, she has had a bath etc. etc.

I have found a few specs on these (nothing written in the cavities) but I am still not 100% about the pups..... 57's???

all of these had fat necks EXCEPT the GC versions.......this is not the GC version...fat neck!!

This appears to be all Hog, Long tenon etc. etc. let me know your thoughts.

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Looks pretty sweet amigo,... one broke knob no big deal.... all my custom shop guitars had broke knobs... except my Les Paul Custom.

Yes.... original ‘57s.... these are often praised as the best ‘57s....

I know you got a good deal so I won’t ask....

Except for those washer stains,...she sure looks sweet.:applause:
 

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I just happen to have a set of TH reflectors that had been on my 82...I had taken them off and put the original speed knobs back on for the sale, so I had the top-hats waiting....just sort of worked out.

Guy drove up from the beach and met me in Darlington SC for the 82 (he tried to fly up last week with no luck) and then the other guy drove up about 30 min. later from Santee SC to sell me the 68RI, in the same spot.

we stayed 6 feet apart and used disinfectant wipes and later hand sanitizer....but none on the guitar finishes.
 
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