No serial number. Help identify an 80’s? Les paul Standard

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Hi all first post but long time reader.

I didn’t pay much for this guitar so no sweat if it is a fake or not original. I do believe this to be an 80’s les paul standard. Originally cherry sunburst with a red back. Most of the original parts are gone and i believe it suffered a major headstock break and had a sandwich style repair. As you can see there is no serial number and has been painted over.

Obviously all of these things could be faked but the knobs with indicators , brown back plates and logo lead me to believe it’s 80’s
What do you think?
 

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Control cavity looks like a crime scene. That’s all I’ve got.
 

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Um..... I’ll pass.
 

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To me, it’s the only thing that doesn’t but shrug. Since the headstock has been resprayed, you don’t see the normal finish issues around the edges that make it look larger. It’s just a 70’s/ 80’s logo. Closed B closed O.

The abr-1 bridge is not Gibson so the body could have been filled and installed but the finish is so thin, i see the checking from the original finish and don’t see evidence of the install. Brown backplates fit snugly. But were there abr 1 bridges and brown backplates in the 80’s.

It plays great, fingerboard and frets are great, straight neck, i’m just curious about the year range
 

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Sorry i had to delete my previous post.... i was mistaken.... that is a square wiring channel. Gibson used a round channel from mid 1970s to early 1980s......the Square channel was started around the same time as the weight relief 9 hole...around late 1982. The position of that channel is closer to the neck volume pot than later square routes. When the channel changed locations (moved toward the middle of the volume controls),.. i'm not sure. So i would say late 1982 or later....is just my best guess with these photos.
 

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Sorry i had to delete my previous post.... i was mistaken.... that is a square wiring channel. Gibson used a round channel from mid 1970s to early 1980s......the Square channel was started around the same time as the weight relief 9 hole...around late 1982. The position of that channel is closer to the neck volume pot than later square routes. When the channel changed locations (moved toward the middle of the volume controls),.. i'm not sure. So i would say late 1982 or later....is just my best guess with these photos.
Okay, that’s what a figured, the guitar is a mess, granted and if you saw the previous owner designed weight relief in the control cavity and under the pickups, some people would cry. I know it’s a mutt but it’s a great player and I didn’t pay much for it. Appreciate the help!
 

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Nothing there that scares me...I like guitars with character! It's meant to be played!

Yes, would love to see a body picture :)
 

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Looks cool.

I'd add the Rhythm/Treble poker chip, a pickguard, and gold knobs. Then I'd play the entire Jeff Beck Blow by Blow album really loud. :)
 

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