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Les Paul Gem-series question...

Turbozag

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Hello all,

I have a Sapphire Blue Gem series Les Paul.
On it, the back of the neck and body of the guitar are blue just like the front (see my avatar).

However, a friend tells me his Ruby red Gem has black instead of red on the back of the body and neck.

My question, which Gem series Lesters have the black backs as opposed to the "color-matched" backs? Are all years the same? Are some limited editions? I believe I was told that all Gems were limited editions...?
 

Bones

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I dunno, but I have had zero luck trying to find a used one at a reasonable price.
 

Brudr

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Mine is the Amethyst (or as I call the purple beast, the "Barney guitar"). It is purple on the back, no black. I believe the "Topaz" also has the black back.
 

96Gem

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Topaz

My Gem is Topaz. It has a flamed maple 3-tone burst on the front and the side and back is black. BTW so is the back of the neck
 

jim in texas

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Bones........

what are you finding out there price wise?



my topaz has a black back too.


damn fine guitar.
 

ZZ Not

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My Ruby red Gem is black on the back and sides and my previous Emerald one was the same color all over. The prices on these have crept up a $100-$200 over the last year or so for a clean example.
 

Turbozag

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OK, so the Sapphire, Amethyst and Emerald are all the same color all over while the Ruby and Topaz are both black on the back.

Interesting.
 

ripfence

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I just scored a saphire Gem shipped for 600.00$ from the LPF classifieds! I LOVE this guitar! :dude
 

chieftan

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Turbozag said:
OK, so the Sapphire, Amethyst and Emerald are all the same color all over while the Ruby and Topaz are both black on the back.

Not nexttocelery. My '96 Emerald is black back/sides.

chieftan
 

Turbozag

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ripfence said:
I just scored a saphire Gem shipped for 600.00$ from the LPF classifieds! I LOVE this guitar! :dude

Damn. You got a great deal!
I really like my Gem. The P90s are very cool.
 
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