A guy showed up at the jam last night playing a Gibson Les Paul Custom "Lite"...

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  1. standard24

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    At first, It looked like a regular "Black Beauty" (If you can call them "regular".) A beautiful axe, with gold hardware. But when he turned sideways, I noticed there was only top binding. None on the back. I also noticed that it was thinner by about 1/3 from a standard Les Paul. I'd never seen one before, but the guitar sounded really good. (He was a good player and singer too.) Maybe not as big a sound as I'm used to hearing from an LP, but still sounded great anyway. Looking up "thin body Les Paul", I found the info about the "Lite". I guess I didn't notice that it only had 3 knobs...

    I found info on it here... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LPCLTEBGH-13--gibson-les-paul-custom-lite-ebony
     
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    The LP Lite came out in the mid to late 1980's, and has had various incarnations up through 2015, when Gibson widened the nut width and used a zero fret.

    It was not put out every year, but there have been different color schemes and models besides the LP Custom.

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=Les Paul Lite
     
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    They've also done some Les Paul Standard Lites, if you want the thinner body without the Custom aesthetic.
     
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    I'd want one in this colour:

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    And here is one "live"

     
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    I believe they used to be made out of something other than wood, but i cant remember what it was called.
     
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    Custom Lites have always been mahogany bodies with maple tops. You may be thinking of the Gibson Sonex guitars that were made of resin lite (?) which I think was a sawdust and epoxy amalgam. You might also be thinking of the 90’s series of Studio guitars that had full thickness bodies but with some of the mahogany carved out in the center and filled with chromyte (?) which is similar to balsa wood.
     
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    The 2015 series was called the Less+ rather than “lite”. Gibson also made a single pickup “Les Paul CM” in both 2015 and 2016 that used the same body thickness as the Less+.
     
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    The original run models from the 80s are good guitars. The more recent 201X models that I’ve seen firsthand (7 or 8) have all had some sort of quality issues...some as minor as waxy ashy looking fretboards and some as major as binding seperating from the body (which I’ve seen in 3 different guitars).
     
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    FWIW -The ESP Eclipse II guitars are similar to the lite series in body thickness and 2 vol x 1 tone control layout.
     
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    Shame I can't jam my 'like' button any more or harder than I already have.
     
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    I remember that Muppet- looking dude from Kingdom Come playing that pink one in the video for "Get It On"
     
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    Yeah, maybe chromite. I think it was a Les Paul Studio Lite in the late ‘80s.
     
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    Ha ha. Muppet looking dude.

    That band sounds alot like Greta Van Fleet.
     
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    It’s for baby’s
     
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    They had a “center block” made out of something else than the rest of the body (mahogany) to help reduce the weight. That must be what you’re referring to.

    **didn’t see pointy’s post before I posted. Still, I believe these lite custom did have a weight-relieved center block...
     
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    I don't know how much you're going to ask for it but I'd say you ought to raise your price. That is sweet.
     
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    Baby's what?
     
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    I've wanted a 'lite' les paul for ages. I think they did a version called a godess or something too? have me drooling
     
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    They made them in 2013- maybe a few either side. Allegedly only 250 were made, which I doubt.

    I own one- and it is great- every bit as good as a production Gibson- and I bought it mint, used, under a thousand USD.

    I find it incredible that you have played eight, and all had problems. They are quite rare.
     

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