Dating this Les Paul Classic

p90rules

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I'm possibly going to be buying this Les Paul Classic off a friend soon and I know it's from the 90s, but the serial number decoder sites don't recognise the number... He thinks it's a 1998, but I suspect its a 97.. Please can someone verify the date for me... My friend - got it from new so it is a genuine LP Classic.
Also I'm curious why the number can't be recognised... The last digit looks like a 3 but could be mistaken for an 8
Cheers guys
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I have zero expertise in this, but the number pattern at least matches the description for a Classic on the Gibson site
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Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

So as much as that says, looks like it's a '97 - I'm sure someone with more knowledge will be along soon :)
 

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Cheers guys. Really appreciate your help.
Yeah, it's in great shape apart from some mild buckle rash... I borrowed it for a couple of months 2 years ago.
 

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97.....skinny neck olive colored inlays....nice guitar......what price?
 

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£1200 UK....
The inlays don't look as snotty green as some I've seen
 

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Don’t worry about the ‘snot’. Plenty of real bursts and fifties gold tops with similar color inlays, and I don’t see anyone replacing them with “retrospec“ replacements!

That is a Bonafide 1997 Classic in Cherry Sunburst. It’s a beauty!
 

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Those inlays look ok to me from your pics. Some are really really snotty.

Are you keeping it stock?
 

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I'd need to see what the ceramic pickups are like. Although I borrowed it a couple of years ago, I wasn't playing regularly back then, so I'll see if I like them, given that they're not too popular ... If not, I may look into a pup or magnet change... I'd like to try and keep it original as possible.
 

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I'd need to see what the ceramic pickups are like. Although I borrowed it a couple of years ago, I wasn't playing regularly back then, so I'll see if I like them, given that they're not too popular ... If not, I may look into a pup or magnet change... I'd like to try and keep it original as possible.
give them a chance.
the ceramics are amazingly dynamic at lower volumes(on the guitar)

give them a chance...they are shockingly good and my favorite despite everyone hating them

-chris
 

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If they're original, they would be 500T/496R. One of the best sets Gibson ever made IMO. I have a set in an SG that sound awesome. I tried out some of those LP Classics in music stores in the 90's and always wanted one but never bought one. They just felt better and sounded better than other LP's I tried.
 

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Thanks for the encouraging info guys.. Yes the guitar is totally original and unmolested.
 


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