2004 Gibson Les Paul Classic, Wine Red.

The Blue Book Says:

– single sharp cutaway Les Paul-style mahogany body based on a 1960 Les Paul Standard, bound carved maple top, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, black headstock overlay with pearl Gibson logo inlay and gold silkscreen “Les Paul Model” (1989-1993) or “Les Paul Classic” (1993-2008), “Classic” engraved on truss-rod cover, three-per-side vintage-style tuners, cream pickguard with engraved “1960,” tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, two exposed humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, nickel hardware, available in Bullion Gold (1989-2001, 2003-08), Copper top with a Natural back (2003-05), Ebony (1989-1994, 2003-08), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (1989-1991, 1993-1998, 2001-05), Honey Burst (1989-1991, 1993-1998, 2001-08), Light Burst (2003-05), Trans. Amber (disc. 2005), Vintage Sunburst (1989-1994, 2001-04, 2006-08), or Wine Red (2003-08) finish, mfg. 1989-2008.

Add 10-20% for Bullion Gold finish.
Add 5% (Last MSR was $3,220) for Honey Burst, Vintage Sunburst, or Wine Red finish.
The Les Paul Classic model has an inked-on five or six-digit serial number similar to the serialization of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1989, a four-digit serial number was used beginning with “9”. During the 1990s, a five-digit serial number was used and the first number indicates that last digit of the year (51245 = 1995). During the 2000s, a six-digit serial number was used and the first two numbers indicate that last two digits of the year (031245 = 2003).


I Say:

OK this is no collectors item.  The guitar and case both show significant signs of wear and tear.  Unfortunately the previous owner had a good belt collection – and has left quite a bit of buckle rash on the rear of the body.  

The back of the neck has a few small indentations caused by leaning the guitar against an amp, and the edges of the rear of the guitar show a few fairly large chips – all shown in the photos.  The rosewood fingerboard is in good condition, but the frets do show some minor wear.

The front of the body has relatively few marks, but I can’t describe it as unmarked – there are no chips out of the front finish.

So – that’s the bad news.

As a “player’s” guitar this is a great piece of kit – all electronics are crackle free and fully functional.  The Gibson embossed pickups are the standard 490 type – classic sound!

The case is functional but shows wear and tear along the edges – one of the clasps is damaged, missing it’s clasp section.