I would suspect its a 1993 Classic with Shaw pickup rings at the very least.... the MOP Gibson logo is a later design.... not 1983.Pics of it
Winner winner chicken dinner..... I have been proven wrong..... this could very well be a prehistoric..... most certainly not a R9,... though depending which model could make it pricier than a run of the mill R9.I disagree and believe that is a 1983 "Pre-Historic" les Pau Standard. Compare to this one that was at Gruhns, logo, pickups, serial number font...all match up. https://guitars.com/inventory/eb6587-1983-gibson-les-paul-pre-historic
No, not a R9 but Gibsons early attempt at one. They have a following and prices are up there. And it’s NOT a Classic.Well, that one at Gruhns certainly matches the pics of the guitar the OP posted. Regardless, it ain’t an R9. I’ll be interested to see if the experts here determine whether it’s a Classic or Pre-Historic.
Classics used the inked serial number from 1989 to 2014 i believe.... i could be wrong.dam.......how have i been here for a few years and didnt know that
this is the place for knowledge....no other place like it
edit: just noticed the rings so that would thrown a red flag for me...but still didnt know about the serial number...did they do that any other years or are all classics like that?
Funny thing about these Norlin era prehistorics is that each of these versions were created for a number of different dealers...each with different build specs.....Leo's were made for Leo's music of Oakland Ca.....Jimmy Wallace had some made....Strings and Things took semi finished versions and modded them themselves....Guitar Trader had bootlegged versions and later had Gibson build them for them after a bit of legal issues....and there are more.No, not a R9 but Gibsons early attempt at one. They have a following and prices are up there. And it’s NOT a Classic.
I can see the tuners are the bolt type Kluson style..... My Leo and the other dealer models used the old bushing style Kluson tuners.... I paid $1200 for my Leo in 1982 and that was a lot of money in those days.... I couldn't imagine paying $1600 for one.As others have said, that's an '83 Les Paul Reissue... "pre-historic" is actually a nickname that started after the Historic series began in '93.
Here's my '85:
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And here is the 1985 Gibson Price List showing the Reissue nomenclature...
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The only guitar I ever bought brand new was a '76 Martin HD28... I paid $600 for it, and that was a ton of money for me back then.I can see the tuners are the bolt type Kluson style..... My Leo and the other dealer models used the old bushing style Kluson tuners.... I paid $1200 for my Leo in 1982 and that was a lot of money in those days.... I couldn't imagine paying $1600 for one.