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Strings Jr.

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Hi Randy, I believe you had said before that you weren’t involved in building after 1988? I have a 1989 custom so that would be after you had any info on them?
Yes sir. The last record in my logs is from 1987, but I also did many carved tops, and special orders after that, but I didn't record those numbers. Sorry.
 

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Strings Jr.

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What a great thread and wonderful unique guitars.

My latest purchase left some questions to answer too.
I started a thread https://www.lespaulforum.com/index.php?threads/questions-on-an-1978-artisan.219516/ but maybe Randy could recall the guitar?

Was a thinner body with around 4,5cm a possible option in 1978?
Do you have any information on my unique guitar?

i add the serial numer here:
Thank you Sir!

I don't recall a thinner body being an option in '78, or any other year.

I wouldn't have any information on your specific guitar. Yours was made in Kalamazoo.

I always loved the Artisans. Especially the two pickup versions like yours.

Congrats!!
 

Gitarrensammler

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Thank you for the information. i love this guitar too.

Some members in another Les Paul forum suggested, it´s not an authentic Gibson body. Maybe a Burny body?

Do you know, if someone has records to the exact factory spec for that serialnumber?
Is it possible, an original Artisan neck from 1978 was sold seperately and fitted with a new body and hardware by a luthier?

Some additional pics.
Could someone identify the pickups?
Is the routing Gibson-correct?

85 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 18.jpg 85 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 23.jpg 85 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 35.jpg
 

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In the other Les Paul forum a user found out, that the body is possibly from a Burny RLC 70L, that has the look and the dimensions from the body of my Artisan.
All agreed, that the neck is possibly original Gibson Artisan.
I still would like to know, what kind of Gibson PUs these are. They look like 490s to me.

If its really an original Gibson Artisan neck from 1978 mounted on a Burny body and mixed with Gibson PUs and hardware coming a very clean series 2 protector case - what would you suggest it´s worth?
The seller would be willing to cancel the deal and return money, but i like the guitar and i am looking for a fair price, if i keep it.
 
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