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- Aug 29, 2016
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I can vouch for the "Les Paul model" script.....it is located closer to the Gibson MOP logo than any other re-issue model and way closer than an original '59 Standard....in fact mine was darn near touching it.View attachment 550133
The Gibson logo on a Leo’s has the closed “b” and “o” with a high dot above the “i,” and the “Les Paul Model” is usually higher on the headstock than on the Guitar Trader Les Paul. The backplates for the control cavity and switch are black. These guitars are of medium weight, play very well, have excellent fit and finish, and great tone. Leos can be easily identified because the first digit of their serial number is an L.
Headstock and other deets here:
With the "Leo" being what it is,...it is a fine guitar. Though with all the early incarnations or attempts to replicate an original '59 Standard during the late '70s and early '80s....none really met the mark. It's amazing how different they were to each other....and at the same time manufactured by the same company.
The "Leo" wasn't even the closest of the bunch.
I think what really made these stand out was the finishes and the awesome Shaw pickups.
Other than the one piece hog neck,...the one piece hog body.... center seam figured maple cap....and the ABR-1 bridge.....Everything from the neck joint, headstock shape, and all other appointments were wrong.
Like with all Gibsons it really comes down to each instrument as a individual. There great ones and poor ones.