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1982 Gibson Les Paul 30th Anniversary Gold Top SOLD

Price: CDN $3250
US Price: US $2588.20
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Class: Vintage
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SOLD
S/N: C 0086, dates to late 1982 and the historic Gibson Kalamazoo plant.
In 1982, the Gibson Les Paul 30th Anniversary gold top appeared, marking the 1952 introduction of the Les Paul. However, the guitar itself is a based on a 1958 model Gold Top. Built between 1982 and 1984, these were the last Les Pauls built at Gibson's historic plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Gibson Les Paul 30th Anniversary Gold Top features reissue 1958 body specs, with a single piece mahogany body and a maple cap, a one-piece mahogany neck (three if you count the 'wings' on the headstock, but 3-piece necks are normally built with three pieces for the entire length) and a rosewood fingerboard with a 30th Anniversary engraving on the 19th fret position marker. As a reproduction of a 1958 model, it has what were then new humbucking pickups. These pickups were designed by Tim Shaw, one of Gibson's engineers, as one of the earliest efforts by Gibson towards reproducing the original PAF design and build.

This model was built in three groups, with A, B and C prefixes to the serial number. Some Later models had three-piece necks. We're dating this to late 1982 based on the serial number and the pickup markings.

The finish features a light-coloured filler on the mahogany, and the gold top is a bit darker than modern renderings. The hardware is nickel plated. This guitar is now 34 years old, and has been played so there is some finish wear and a few dents and scuffs around the edges. Fretwear is light to moderate, with some of the expected binding cracking at the fret slots. Overall, this guitar plays well and sounds great. A Gibson hardshell case is included.

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