The questions below were posted by a virtual friend of mine on a golf forum. I'm directing him here for your collective guidance. Thanks. Hello all, after years of not playing, I've been bitten by the bug again. I dug out my old Les Paul deluxe goldtop which I had partially disassembled years ago in hopes of restoring it. I've been looking online for info about this guitar. The last time I tried to get info on this guitar, the internet didn't exist! Serial number is located on the back of the headstock near the first fret. Number is 175433 and has "Made in USA" in RAISED wood directly below that. The Gibson web site says the "Made in USA" is "impressed" into the wood but mine is definitely raised. Is this unusual and does it indicate anything in particular? Close as I can figure (and Gibson admits to not keeping to a system when serialising its products) its a 1970+ guitar. Its got the mini humbuckers, not the regular ones. Bought it used in 1984 from a rocker dude for $600 which was ALOT of money to me. It was my main gigging axe until I went the Hamer whammybar route (at least I didn't have the big hair!). I think I still have that guitar but the active electronics were shot long ago. Anyways, its not a keeper like the Les Paul. So whats this baby worth? How old is it and how does it rate on the desireability scale? I was going to give it a cherry sunburst finish but if its an oldie-but-goodie, I'll splash out on the proper products to bring it back to factory condition (I have the skills). BTW, absolutely not interested in selling it. But if I were to get rid of it, I'd do what I usually do and give it away to someone I like rather than sell it.