Used Gibson Les Paul custom? What years and what’s a good price to pay used

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Wanted to ask the experts here. I want to save for a Gibson Les Paul custom. After having several epiphone les Paul’s, I’ve found I like my customs the best. I want to within the next year or so graduate to a Gibson, but I don’t want to buy now. Wish to save a bit and find the right one. Goal is a year from now. Anyway, I was thinking maybe around 3k for a decent example but maybe I’m dreaming? I like to play classic Kiss, Motley Crue, and similar hard rock/metal. i would prefer an ebony fretboard, but tbh I’m a bit confused as to which years were ebony vs that other material.
wanted to see what you all thought as far as years I should be looking for and any other tips to finding a good guitar. This is a bucket list item for me, and maybe 3k isn’t a lot to some, but for me it will be. Not that I can’t afford it. Nobody is going hungry and bills won’t get skipped. Just a matter of how much I’m comfortable spending. Sorry for any spelling issues. iPad

oh and would you recommend reverb or where to look? I’m in a rural area and local shops ar won’t an option. The few we have within driving distance all think their stuff is worth 2-3 times what it is.
 
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I had one from 2000 and it was a great axe. Ebony board, and stock pups that would suit what you play fairly well i think. They were regular USA line back then and not Custom shop so it was considerably cheaper than the later custom shop offerings. If you don't give a F about a short tenon then id hit one of those if you can find one. I think they switched to being custom shop made a few years later.
 

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Yeah I guess I’m not sold on it having to be a custom shop. I just like the look of the binding and at least on the Epiphones everything else seems to be a little higher quality all around. Just nicer guitars overall which I ?assume? Would be similar with Gibson
 

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I can't say for sure, i've only had the 1 Gibson Les Paul. I've had other Gibsons but they were all sg's.

The one I had was a beauty for sure. I went over it with a fine tooth comb after i bought it and it was flawless. I bought mine second hand but it was pretty much mint. Nice weight as well around 9 1/4 pounds which is good for a custom. I assume it had Swiss cheese hole weight relief though.
 

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I’ve owned a 2007 and I now have a 73.

Most will have ebony boards with a few exceptions for some limited runs and after 2012 when the sites issues happened they switched to rich lite or something for a bit. They are back to ebony now I believe. From 2000 they should have ebony.
 

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Anything before 2012, since that will guarantee an ebony board. There are a few 2018-2020 special runs from dealers that have ebony as well but you need to read the fine print.

That being said, I own a 2000, 2011, two 2014s, 2015 and 2017 and they are all great guitars!
 

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A few items you'll need to evaluate your comfort level, because these come with the Gibson branded territory:

-All the drama around broken headstocks. People take care of them for decades, decide to sell, and they break during shipping and you get a guitar back plus money to chase a repair but nothing for the value halving between unbroken and repaired used prices. So much drama.

-A high percentage of used guitars will have undisclosed fractures/breaks/repairs. You might get stuck with a bad bag of goods after playing musical chairs and you are left out of half the guitar's value. You might not catch the secret until years later.

-A high percentage of these new and used guitars are factory made fakes. Reworked Epiphones to have a Gibson headstock shape and logo and fool unwary buyers.

-Eventually you'll uncover how often players who 'gotta buy a Gibson for all the classic toanze!' will soon after post how they swapped in this or that boutique pickup "for the toanze!" ... which really indicates they were desperate for the 'validation' or vanity of the Gibson logo and not the sounds.

I'd suggest buying a set of Gibson pickups AND Gibson pots 'n caps (they are all part of 'the system') to install in one of your Epiphones.

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I'd suggest buying a set of Gibson pickups AND Gibson pots 'n caps (they are all part of 'the system') to install in one of your Epiphones.

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Gonna report him for slut shaming me ;p. Yeah, tbh I love my Epiphones. Stock they suck balls. But after installing new nuts, cutting the nuts right, setting up the guitar, they play nice. The stock Probuckers are "meh". Usable, but barely. I guess I want a true Gibson LPC b/c they are sexy AF. I love my Epi LP Customs and figure a true Gibson should be that much sexier. That said, if I ever get good enough to gig. The Epi's will be my work horses. Maybe I'm dumb to want a Gibson then, but damm I do lust after a true Gibson LPC
 


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