10 most collectible Gibsons?

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  1. thomasdk

    thomasdk Member

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    Hello,

    If you should choose between the Gibson models which 10 would be the most collectible?

    Thanks,
    Jonas
     
  2. jackaroo

    jackaroo Member

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    If we're not talking about celebrity owned guitars...

    58 Explorer
    58 V
    59 Burst
    57 Goldtop
    Trojan J-35
    Banner J-45
    L-OO
    63 Firebird 5
    L5 switchmaster
    J-185


    There are others I guess but that would suit me fine!
     
  3. seafoamer

    seafoamer Member

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    I think you mean ES-5 Switchmaster.
     
  4. lukeII

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    Most collectible does that mean most expensive?

    If so then:

    - 58 Explorer
    - 58 V
    - 59 Les Paul Standard
    - 60 Les Paul Standard
    - 58 Les Paul Standard
    - 57 Les Paul Standard
    - 56 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
    - 56 Les Paul Standard
    - 59 ES 335
    - 60 ES 335

    I'll leave it at that.
     
  5. bluestarbass

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    what about the gibson Moderne, is that like the most collectable?
     
  6. Guinness Lad

    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd choose:

    Lloyd Loar L-5
    Citation
    Super 400
    Les Paul 58 or 59
    335 58 -60
    Flying V late 50's
    Standard late 50's

    Not sure about the others. I think Gibson is/was at their best making Archtops.
     
  7. Tommy Tourbus

    Tommy Tourbus Senior Member

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    I'm assuming he's talking about current models. Pretty much anything related to their classic designs coming out of the custom shop.
     
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    Butterfly Gold Supporting Member

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    If current or recent models are the scope, I would think the run of Jimmy Page Custom Authentics they did 2 or 3 years ago (about 750-800 IIRC) would be a good choice. They went like hotcakes. I farted around and missed out and now they are going at a premium.
     
  9. Guitarzandstuff

    Guitarzandstuff Silver Supporting Member

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    I think a nice burst will outprice a 58 V many times over.

     
  10. Dana Olsen

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    '54/'55 Goldtop should be in there.

    '55-'57 Single Cut LP Junior and LP Special, especially in TV color too.

    Obviously the '58-'60 Sunburst LP's and the '57 Gold Top, and the '56 LP Custom w/ "Staplehead" pickup.

    Dot neck ES-335, '58-'60.

    L-5's and ES-5's are really cool, but not worth as much money LP's and 335's, at least not nowadays, with the exception of pre WW II models.

    Dana O.
     
  11. jeffwith1f

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    For collectability in a more reasonable range, the following article was written by Larry Meiners:
    http://www.flyingvintage.com/gcmag/topten.html
    it is a bit dated, but I suspect the picks still hold for his top 10 list. Pricing may have gone up somewhat. this list is supposed to be best 10 buys under $1000, and many of these would probably hover around $2000 or more these days.

    in short, the list is:
    10) 1979 Firebird 76, natural finish
    9) 1979 Flying V2, natural finish
    8) 1969 Firebird I, sunburst finish, non-reverse
    7) 1976 Les Paul Signature, gold finish
    6) 1967 SG Special, cherry finish
    5) 1977 Les Paul Custom, black finish
    4) 1969 ES-330TD, cherry finish
    3) 1976 Explorer (reissue), natural finish
    2) 1975 Flying V, sunburst finish
    1) 1983 ES-335 Dot-neck reissue, cherry finish

    drooools
     
  12. daddyo

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    Me?

    59 LP
    57 Custom LP
    57 GT
    59 ES 335
    50s L7
    54 LP Custom
    61 LP/SG
    58 Flying V Korina
    Firebird V in white
    Custom Johnny A.
     
  13. Custom50

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    the 58 korina V's and explorer's have to top the list.
     
  14. Guthrie

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    Totally agree; a 59' burst(standard) is the most talked about prob., but collectors go for 58 V and Ex'es. They where made in a minimum compered to the '59 LPs...
     
  15. jeffwith1f

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    of course, an original Moderne would be the shizzle.
    good luck though
     
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    1. 58 sunbuest
    2. Blond 59 334
    3. 56 Goldtop
    4. 59 double cut Les Paul Special
    5. 50's 185 E
    6. Dove or Hummingbird
    7. 50 ES 175 with PAFs
    8. 1961 ES 345
    9. 1966 ES 345 12 string.
    10.Whatever point or silly shaped gumby, reverse V
     

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