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
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.
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?
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.
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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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.