'68 Reissue Les Paul Custom questions

indeedido

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I'm looking for a '68 reissue LP Custom. What, if any, are the differences in the recent '68 RI, 50th anniversary '68 RI and the early 2000s '68 RI? Are they all VOS? The prices seem all over the place.
 

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None of them will have Richlite (unless it's a M2M), that's a material used only for regular production Customs and other models. Reissues always used Ebony, more or less good quality.

2015 and 2018/2019, are pretty much the same guitar, price delta it's because the 2015 had a much higher MAP price, so people try to not lose to much money reselling those guitars. 2018 50th Anniversary has nylon saddles, and a dedicated case with yellow lining and anniversary medallion and case candies. Neck on the 2018/2019 it's from a laserscan of an original one, older version necks are a bit all over the place, from a 60'ish slimmy to baseball bat and everything in between...

Pickups from 2015 to 2019 should be pretty much the same '68 Custombucker.

Binding on 2015 it's way more yellow than 2018/2019. Early models have a more creamy aging.

Very early CS models may have a short tenon and burstbucker, or 57 classics, other than some fancy colors...

In 2008 they also did a chambered version.

They are NOT all VOS (2015 and 2018/2019 are VOS), but it's on the specs, and it's a pretty much visible difference.
 
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Just a little clarification about 2000 series of LP 68 RI,it has Long Tenon and Classic 57 neck and bridge
 

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Truss rod sheath would be the biggest construction difference.
 

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That and neck shape. The 2018 models seemed to have a medium sized ~.86 neck at the 1st. Older 68s seemed to be huge or tiny.
 

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These have always been my favorite reissues of all time.

The newer ones (2015 to now) seem to be made more "historically accurate" however I prefer the options provided by the previous versions....plus theyre cheaper!!!

Love the Red Tiger Burst 68 Reissue but of course IMHO the most beautiful will always be the VOS Nickel Hardware Black Beauty 68 RI. Used to own one of those and a triburst...sold them both to fund a downpayment 10 years ago.

Currently on the lookout for older version 68 RIs in all black....it shall be mine again!
 


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