2008 Gibson Les Paul Classic in Ebony, with Gold Hardware

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.

I say:

Pretty clean example of this guitar – I initially thought it was a “Custom Classic” but it lacks the multiple binding and ebony fretboard that the Custom has.

No major damage anywhere – the Black gloss lacquer does show a few tiny marks, but nothing too upsetting.  The rear of the guitar is surprisingly clear of buckle rash.

The headstock has a few minor chips on the upper side. The rear of the slim ’60’s style neck has some marks on the lower edge – but you can’t feel them when playing.

The pickup set is the standard Gibson 490R/490T set, which has Gibson embossed on the baseplate.  Interestingly the pickups have one set of Gold pole pieces. The hardware is all Gold plated and the plating is in remarkably good condition.  Another unusual feature is that the guitar has a black multilayered pickguard (BWBWB).   All in all these features make this a really good looking guitar.  I suspect that it’s come from Gibson like this as a special order.

Add into the mix the fact the guitar has a Gibson “Custom Shop” case I suspect that the custom order may be the way forward.

The rosewood fingerboard and frets are in great shape and only show the tiniest signs of wear.

Great looking – playing and sounding  – it really is a Classic!