Help dating a Gibson Les Paul,please

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  1. raildog

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    [​IMG][​IMG]I ha<<a href="http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/?action=view&amp;current=421.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/421.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>a href="http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/?action=view&amp;current=421.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/421.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>ve come across t[​IMG]his Les Paul that has a serial number of 40<a href="http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/?action=view&amp;current=421.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e246/raildog01/421.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>0500 and 2 tone sunburst with p 90 pickups,it weighs roughly 7 lbs,not heavy at all,any ideas? I know this is difficult to do. The headstock just says les paul on the front and not special. The guy who is selling it says it's a 1974 reissue of a 55 special. Any help will be appreciated.From the serial number it looks like it could be a 1964-1968?Thanks,Scott
     
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    pictures would help, but going merely by the serial number, the Blue Book PDF says it's from 1965-68, or from 1974-75
     
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    If you've got a '65 through '67 Les Paul, I've got a buyer! BIG $$$$$$
     
  4. DonP

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    7lbs is a normal weight for a special. My 1998 SG Std weighs 6lbs 12oz, and my 1963 SG Special weighs 6lbs even.
     
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    To date a Les Paul, send her flowers and put your phone number on the card, then wait.
     
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    Online Gibson dater says 1966
     
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    I would say it's from the 70s---that's when they first did "reissues" of the Special and Jr---no LPs were produced in 66
     
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    its a 1974 55/74 Special. Cool guitar

    They didnt make single cut Les Pauls, or Les Pauls for that matter in '64-'68. They came back in '68 with the Gold Top Standards and Customs
     
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    Came to say this.
     
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    And then when i get Mr. Pauls attention he leaves me for another guitar, story of my life. :bonk

    Srsly though that guitar looks like it's from the 60's, just a hunch.:huh
     
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    Well if they didn't make them, it must be a 74, what's average price? Under $1500?
     
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    If it has the original bridge and case, I would say $1500 ish. If not, $1200
     
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    I cant tell about the bridge,what do you think from the pics? thanks,Scott
     
  15. Cody

    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    The bridge that's on it is definitely non-original.
     
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    Serial number in the oval is 1975/76 production.
     
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    73 or so, I believe.
    Is the cutaway smooth to the body/neck without a lip?
     
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    Well actually, IIRC, it could be from '73-77. I used to have one of those in the late 70s. Nice guitar. BTW: What's with all the crazy "it's a 64-67 LP" talk? There were no Les Paul model guitars produced by Gibson between 1964 and 1967. Period. None...not even a special...
     
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    Just be yourself and don't mention anything about her chunky neck and you'll do just fine. ;)
     
  20. Cody

    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    According to Gruhn's Guide, these were introduced in '74.

    Sometime in '75, the serial# was on a decal on the back of the headstock, so this one would predate that. Ergo, I'd say '74-early '75.
     

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