81 Les Paul Custom, Help With Value?

The Ballzz

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1500 is a great price. Looks schweet too.

But man... 12 pounds... that seems heavy to lug around. Mine is 10 lbs. and that already feels up there. How does is feel on your shoulder?
It was considerably less than $1500, :naughty: ergo the impetus for flipping!

So far the weight just makes the guitar feel "substantial" but I'll have a better idea after a full rehearsal on Friday! :hmm:

Thanks Folks,
Gene
 
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FYI, I have this Norlin, a 1980 Norlin LP Firebrand (best guitar I've ever owned), a 1981 LP Firebrand that got rfinished in black and is a "so-so" guitar and also one of the earlier "post Norlin" 1988 dot neck Studio that is a sheer workhorse! Too many others to mention here, but I plan to post pics of the whole "Famn Damily" one of these days!
Thanks All,
Gene
 

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yeah man....my 78 "The paul" is just great.....I have $400 in it....100% stock including T-tops!

it is a take anywhere, play anything, guitar.
 

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Having played many "The Pauls" over the years, I must say that, IMHO, I prefer the sound of the all mahogany Firebrand over the walnut of The Paul. Fantastic format though. It basically works out to being a Les Paul Special/Junior thats been upgraded to ebony fingerboard (I love & lust for ebony), humbuckers and three piece mahogany neck! Simply a MONSTROUS guitar, that as you say is a "take anywhere, play anything, guitar." Mine has divots and scalloping between the frets, no finish left on the neck & little elsewhere and will soon be due for a re-fret with stainless! Oh, and a set of PAFs from 58! Tonal "ooey-gooey" goodness! It has inspired my whole style of playing, incorporating barely controlled harmonic feedback up and down the whole neck, that I lovingly refer to as "Screechin' & Squawkin'!" And no pedal/foot/stomp/thingies needed, except a wah-wah, of course! :naughty: Traditionally through a good Marshall, but more recently Tweed Deluxein' it!
Thanx For Understanding A Maniac!
Gene
 

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Iron Blimp's estimate of $2500 applies in my area as well. The desirable color and physical integrity would be the two big plusses; buyers are used to swapped PUs, so while that's a negative, it's not really major. Weight? Another negative... don't ask, don't tell. Virtually any Custom that's not seriously flawed is $2500 around here.
 

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I'm out of touch with the US market. But I'm surprised it's worth much over $1,500 without the original pickups. And 12lbs. That's a lot for a regular player.

My buddy has a wine red '81, quite dinged up, and with a jumbo refret, but otherwise stock. I wonder what that'd be worth now. His must be under 10lbs. Very nice light Custom.
 

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I just sold this '93 for $2,000 I think that's about right for yours as well.

 

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Oh sh!t, I think I'm in trouble! :run: While sitting here sipping my scotch, I've not been able to put this guitar down (except for refills, of course) long enough to even change the old crusty strings. :beer:It needs very little in the setup department and it's pretty obvious this was owned by a player! I've not even yet plugged it in (except at the pawn shop to confirm functionality), as I kinda know what these pups will probably sound like. On the other hand, the more I play it, the more I think that I owe this guitar and the former owner who obviously poured so many years of lovin' into it and has likely passed, the respect and homage to at least get it back to the top level of "his" glory and rock it a bit! It may actually be kinda stellar, as it is! :cool2: Then, once I've put it through it's paces, I can decide how far to go into it and whether or not to even sell it. I think this is gonna be a hard one to let go!:eek: This was supposed to be a planned flip! The wife is gonna cut my nutzz off. Oh well, she's already got 'em in a vice! :rolleyes: I'm trying to convince her that buying and selling guitars can be profitable, while being able to keep the "CHOICE" pieces, but the problem is, that if they're actually nice, I fall in love and wanna keep 'em!:naughty: GAS is a real disease!

Just Sayin'
Gene
I know exactly the feeling, I watched mine hanged in a small pawnshop for the past 10 yrs until I finally had the courage and $$, and yes it's was bought as a flip but having to wait soo long and playing all this time, it's as she's been mine all along. I added my $100 MIJ Poor Man LPC from the 60-70s :)
 

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I own 2-12 pound Norlin Customs.......True Story.
The heaviest guitar I ever owned was an ebony 1981 LPC. Never weighed it but well over 10 lbs.

It was just not comfortable to play due to the weight.

It was in mint condition and sold for $1,900 back in the mid 2010's
 


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