October 27, 2000 Les Paul Classic Purchase

Classicplayer

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2007
Messages
2,756
Reaction score
1,831
A fateful day for yours truly because it was my 1st. Les Paul. It is #005465 Honeyburst Classic which I still own and play. I came upon its original documentation that came with the guitar including my sales receipt. The checklist was included of course, but in reading it I'm wondering what the model # actually defines other than Les Paul Classic, Honeyburst. What puzzles me but may be obvious to others are the letter “S” and the final three character “NH1”. Would this be a special run of Classics from 2000?

Classicplayer
 
Last edited:

Tobaccoburst83

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2018
Messages
362
Reaction score
367
hmmm, NH1 is a code on the Gibson parcels Iif I remember correctly... "nickel hardware" But I've never heard about this code in combination with serial numbers.
 

Tobaccoburst83

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2018
Messages
362
Reaction score
367
Afaik the older Classics are equipped with nickel hardware. Newer ones with chrome hardware.
 

mudface

Boo Bee
Premium Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2016
Messages
9,474
Reaction score
29,238
I am guessing the model # is LPCHSNH1.......... = Les Paul Classic Honey Sunburst Nickel Hardware 1

The 1 i believe is a grade type of hardware for this particular model.
 

Thundermtn

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 9, 2017
Messages
923
Reaction score
2,259
Yep, my '01 came without covers.

I wonder if the 1 is for ABR-1, or there was some other spec that would have been a 2,3 etc.. version?
 

Classicplayer

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2007
Messages
2,756
Reaction score
1,831
As the owner, I should clarify that the photo of it shows Duncan Seth Lover pickups, from 12 years before these, I had Duncan '59s covered and the original for 3 years were the stock uncovered ceramics.

I think I have have figured out the “S” which may mean single-cut. There are on Reverb right now 3 2014 Le Paul Classic double cuts. All are the same color and all have only one volume and tone to handle the pair of BB Pro pups. Two of these 3 are not in the US; one in the UK and one in Japan. I was not aware of the double cut Classics and I wonder if many were destined for the foreign market.

Classicplayer
 

Tobaccoburst83

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2018
Messages
362
Reaction score
367
Thats interesting! Thank you. The "1" is also printed on the parcel's sticker from newer, chrome hardware equipped Gibson guitars.
 

Classicplayer

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2007
Messages
2,756
Reaction score
1,831
For reference, here is one in Translucent red that's now for sale on Reverb. I think most of us can read the check list card in the photo. It is a 2014 model.
12F629FD-FC2E-4B6C-95A3-A2F122DC85A1.jpeg
 

mudface

Boo Bee
Premium Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2016
Messages
9,474
Reaction score
29,238
As the owner, I should clarify that the photo of it shows Duncan Seth Lover pickups, from 12 years before these, I had Duncan '59s covered and the original for 3 years were the stock uncovered ceramics.

I think I have have figured out the “S” which may mean single-cut. There are on Reverb right now 3 2014 Le Paul Classic double cuts. All are the same color and all have only one volume and tone to handle the pair of BB Pro pups. Two of these 3 are not in the US; one in the UK and one in Japan. I was not aware of the double cut Classics and I wonder if many were destined for the foreign market.

Classicplayer
Now that you added a pic of the checklist card..... with the S coming before the color code.... this color could have been a special dealer option.... Not that this wasn't a regular production color...... just that a dealer may have "special ordered" more of them....

Where did you purchase this Classic?
 

Classicplayer

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2007
Messages
2,756
Reaction score
1,831
My guitar was purchased at my local Gibson dealer on October 27, 2000. I saw it hanging on display behind the shop's sales counter. It was one of maybe a few Gibson’s on display and the dark fingerboard and variegated Honeyburst actually spokento me and said “Buy me!”, and I did.

Classicplayer
 

mudface

Boo Bee
Premium Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2016
Messages
9,474
Reaction score
29,238
As long as you’re happy with it, that’s all that really matters.... ;)
 

mudface

Boo Bee
Premium Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2016
Messages
9,474
Reaction score
29,238
I bought this 1978 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul Custom in the summer of 1980 at Leo's Music in Oakland California for a little under $500 with case....... it was used but it looked brand new.... it was my second Gibson i ever owned. My first one was a 1979 The Paul Firebrand Deluxe. I no longer have The Paul, but the Custom has been with me for 40 years,... so i know the feeling of a finding a great guitar. ;)

0047FC9E-530C-4602-8F57-466D5E28FA2C.jpeg

3772C966-8732-43F5-A55A-2B231654D6CF.jpeg
 

Cjsinla

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 7, 2014
Messages
4,638
Reaction score
4,088
They all have a 1 at the end, means it’s not a factory second. At least that’s what I heard.
 


Latest Threads



Top