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2009 from a 1999

vintage58

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If you glance at the back of the guitar's headstock, the tuners on a 2009 are arranged in a straight line, whereas on a 1999, they're mildly "staggered."
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bigjimsguitars

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The 2009's had a more faded (orange) looking back, the side markers are not tortoise on the 1999, the stop tail on a 2009 will be slightly offset (like a real one)...
 

DANELECTRO

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The quickest indicator is the inlays. You can spot them from a mile away. 1999 inlays will have rounded corners and be bright white with a crackled pattern, 2009 inlays have sharp corners, be slightly yellowish, with a swirly pattern.

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marshall1987

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Refer to "sticky" No. 2 on the first page of the Historic District for a summary of factory spec changes made to the Historic Les Pauls over the past 15 - 17 years (roughly since 1993)..
 

Tim

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99's also have large frets and small disc caps unless they've been changed. Good chance you'll see the red dye on the binding as well, which I think they quit using by 09.
 

Black58

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Truss rod cover practically touches the nut on a '99. A REALLY fast tell, if ya ask me! :2cool
 

Triplet

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Thanks all.

I was stuck with some pretty shitty photos for awhile.
 
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