Les Paul Classic Questions?? Weight range??

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I picked up this very nice Les Paul Classic last week. I’ve wanted one of these forever. Best I can tell it’s a 1996?? The thing that floored me was the weight; 8lbs 6oz . I’m pretty sure these are weight relived but did they chamber them in ‘96? It doesn’t “feel” or sound like anything other than a Les Paul. Thanks!
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They didn't chamber them, it's just regular 9 hole weight relief. Yours is not 8 lbs 6 oz btw; it's 8 lbs 10 oz. There are 16 ounces in a pound.

Yours is still among the lightest of those though, they range between 8.1 lbs to 10.5 lbs, with the vast majority landing right around 9 lbs.
 

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Yeah, lightweight still.

Typically you'd only see the chambered ones getting so light.
The classic sort of started out as a 'reissue light' when they came out. But once the Custom shop go going they made sure to downgrade them a bit so people couldn't confuse them with the reissues that they were now pushing.
 

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My '01 is in the +/- 9lb range. Not too heavy, but definitely not a featherweight.

Funnly enough, just about every Classic I've ever played felt about just right to me.
 

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Mine is a heavy mother as well. Don't have a scale but my Shanks weighs in at 9lbs and she is noticeably heavier
 

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They didn't chamber them, it's just regular 9 hole weight relief. Yours is not 8 lbs 6 oz btw; it's 8 lbs 10 oz. There are 16 ounces in a pound.

Yours is still among the lightest of those though, they range between 8.1 lbs to 10.5 lbs, with the vast majority landing right around 9 lbs.
Thanks for the correction. I don’t math well lol.
 

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Yeah, lightweight still.

Typically you'd only see the chambered ones getting so light.
The classic sort of started out as a 'reissue light' when they came out. But once the Custom shop go going they made sure to downgrade them a bit so people couldn't confuse them with the reissues that they were now pushing.
So would a ‘96 fall into what would be considered early or before they started getting downgraded?? The pickups and electronics were changed out but the price reflected it. I’ve let a couple of early 90s classics slip away and I was not going to blow it again lol. This one has that same vibe. And rings like a bell
 

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I picked up this very nice Les Paul Classic last week. I’ve wanted one of these forever. Best I can tell it’s a 1996?? The thing that floored me was the weight; 8lbs 6oz . I’m pretty sure these are weight relived but did they chamber them in ‘96? It doesn’t “feel” or sound like anything other than a Les Paul. Thanks! View attachment 535338 View attachment 535339 View attachment 535340
Congrats on a great find. I bought a '98 Classic in Honeyburst brand new which I sold last year because it just got too heavy for me at 10 ½ lbs. I did replace it with a 60th Anniversary R9 which weighs in at about 8 ½ pounds. If my '98 Classic was as light as yours, I'd still have mine.
 

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So would a ‘96 fall into what would be considered early or before they started getting downgraded?? The pickups and electronics were changed out but the price reflected it. I’ve let a couple of early 90s classics slip away and I was not going to blow it again lol. This one has that same vibe. And rings like a bell
Yes, 96 is "downgraded" if you could call it that. After 1992 they changed the headstock to say "Les Paul Classic" instead of "Les Paul Model" and they yellowed the inlays. That's the entire extent of their downgrading. And because of it, people want twice as much for their 90-92 Classics.
 

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Yes, 96 is "downgraded" if you could call it that. After 1992 they changed the headstock to say "Les Paul Classic" instead of "Les Paul Model" and they yellowed the inlays. That's the entire extent of their downgrading. And because of it, people want twice as much for their 90-92 Classics.
The "real" downgraded was from 2006-2008 when the chambered construction came in. I've seen very nice guitars from 1996-1998, and as light as 8.5 lbs.
 

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^ Yep, there were several stages of the change of the classic from above the level of the Standard to being the cheaper model.
 

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I tried four 2020 classics in the shop and bought the lightest one. They ranged from light, to average, to heavy. All 9 hole relief. There's quite a bit of variation regardless of year. I used to want a 'proper' solid LP but these days I want a lighter one purely for the way it makes my back feel. I'd have gone full chambered modern if I could have afforded it.
 

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Never weighed mine 2012 But is super light. Have it in a store on consignment right now. Part of me doesn't want it to sell.
Newest one I ever had. I like the ceramics. Some are too hot for me. This one is in the Goldilocks zone.
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They didn't chamber them, it's just regular 9 hole weight relief. Yours is not 8 lbs 6 oz btw; it's 8 lbs 10 oz. There are 16 ounces in a pound.

Yours is still among the lightest of those though, they range between 8.1 lbs to 10.5 lbs, with the vast majority landing right around 9 lbs.
Are you sure about the weight relief? I could have sworn I read that even the early 00's Classics weren't weight-relieved.
 


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