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1983 Standard…Pre Historic???

Mickzep1

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Hey guys I’ve just purchased a 1983 Les Paul standard and was wondering if you could help my identify whether it’s a ‘59 reissue or not?
 

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delawaregold

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I am sure someone here could identify your guitar, but we would need the following to be sure.
Photo's of:
The Serial Number
The Control Cavity, with all 4 Potentiometer Codes
Both Pickup Cavities, with the backs of both pickups
What color is the Control Cavity Cover?
A lot was going on at Gibson in that 1980 to 1986 time period.
That "Burl" Top makes me think this isn't just a any Les Paul.
 

Mickzep1

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Thanks for your reply.

Serial No is 83393562

I don’t have the guitar in my possession yet but here are some more pics…the pickups are Tim shaw.

Hope you can help.

Thanks
 

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Mickzep1

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Here is a pic of the control cavity…hope this helps!
 

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Mickzep1

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Here is a pic of the neck pickup cavity…
 

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delawaregold

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The color is Vintage Cherry Sunburst.
The pickups are indeed Shaw wound pickups. (Correct part numbers)
The Pot codes (that I can see) are original, but I can't believe it left the factory with that solder job.
The cavity covers would be "Brown" if it were a "Heritage" series.
 

jb_abides

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Looks to be what the TRC advertises itself to be... a post-Heritage Series, pre-Pre-Reissue, pre-Custom Shop, pre-Pre-Historic "Standard 83" but from the >500 serial number and bridge, the Nashville variety rather than a Kalamazoo model... with Shawbuckers.

One of those "on the journey to..." what would become a R9 Reissue, eventually. Might be referred to as a '59 Reissue' while not formally an R9 Reissue.

I think these are pretty rare, from what I've read. Like limited to ~200...?
 
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jb_abides

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Collectible to some, sure. Probably hard to find comps due to their relative rarity. There were also 'Standard 82' models that preceded it...

I'd ask the resident expert, @MikeSlub !
 

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JB got it right. Standard 83 Pre-Historic. Have to check my recent Price Guide. Probably in the same realm as other 1980’s pre-Historics.$4-5k maybe?
 

Mickzep1

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Thanks Mike!

Do you know if this would have been shipped in a chainsaw protector case?

Cheers
 

Mickzep1

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Also, was it the later models or earlier models that had the inked serial? Cheers
 
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