I"ve had this Les Paul for almost 20 years now. As I'm sure you've all heard a million times, this is a guitar that I thought I'd never sell. But In the past 6 months or so, I've purchased a vintage 1956 Les Paul Custom, a 1959 Les Paul Junior, and a 1968 Les Paul Standard, so I'm set for Lesters. This is a 1989 "Pre-Historic" 1959 Flametop Reissue. These were Gibson's first real attempts at a 1959 reissue, before there was a Gibson Custom Shop, and before the Historic Series. The 1988 and 1989 Prehistorics are the most desirable because the serial numbers start with an 8 or 9, like vintage Sunbursts.
This has a GORGEOUS flamed maple top with a "Heritage Cherry Sunburst" finish, as evidenced by the HCSB notation in the pickup cavity. This is an exceptionally hard top to photograph, but Gibson considered it nice enough to not install a pickguard at the factory. (There are no holes drilled for it.) This guitar has been played a little, and there are a few very small scratches and dings. But as you can see, this is still an absolutely beautiful guitar. (It's nicer than the other 59RI I have listed.) The guitar is all stock, with the original Bill Lawrence "Circuitback" pickups, all-original hardware, and paperwork. She weighs 8.2 lbs on my digital bathroom scale. This Flametop looks, plays, and sounds FANTASTIC! Includes the original Gibson hardshell case and paperwork.
I've seen these Pre-Historic 1959 Reissues sell from $2500 to a little over $5000. In order to make a quick sale, I'm asking only $3495 for this very special guitar. If you have any questions, please let me know.
No trades, please.
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