1993 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Ebony.

The Blue Book Says….

LES PAUL STANDARD (1974-1997 MFG., LPS)

– single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany (or maple) neck, bound carved 3-piece maple top, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, “Standard” engraved on truss rod cover, 3-per-side tuners with pearloid buttons, chrome hardware, cream pickguard, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3-position switch, available in Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Ebony (EB), Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Honey Burst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, TV Yellow, Vintage Sunburst and Wine Red (WR) finishes, mfg. 1974-1997.

Between 1970-74, the Les Paul Standard was not offered as a model. However, the Les Paul Deluxe was also available with regular size humbucker pickups between 1972-74. Even though this is a Les Paul Standard model, it is only noted as a Les Paul Deluxe with regular size humbuckers.

In 1974, neck volute was introduced, slab cut body replaced original part/design. In the mid- to late 1970s, “Les Paul-Deluxe” may appear on the back of the headstock of Les Paul Standard models. In 1978, one-piece body replaced original part/design. In 1981, carved top replaced previous part/design, neck volute was discontinued. Gibson’s Les Paul Standards made between 1974 and 1981 often have maple necks and three-piece maple tops. These models are viewed as less desirable in the vintage guitar market. In 1990, TV Yellow finish became standard. In 1994, Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst and TV Yellow finishes were discontinued. In 1998, the Les Paul Standard was redesignated the LPS8, and reduced to only 4 finishes (choice of chrome or gold hardware).

I say:

This is certainly no case queen.  The guitar looks like it’s been “significantly” used  – but the damage is only “skin deep”  there are many many scratches, dents and dings – some of which have been illustrated in the pictures – but as you can see, from a distance it looks fabulous, and “up close” it looks truthfully “relic-ed.”

Fingerboard and frets are in great condition, and the all original electronics are crackle free and fully functional.

The case – now that’s another matter entirely…..  The top is no longer attached to the bottom, only 3 catches work and it shows wear like it’s been bounced around in the back of a tour bus for the last 20 years!  It’ll be OK to ship the guitar in, and I’ve a couple of catches that I can throw in if someone fancy’s fixing it up.  If you wanted a newer case we may be able to work something out.