1999 Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Standard R9 Specs Brazilian Look Board W/ Ohsc
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1999 Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Standard Guitar in Great to Excellent Shape with Original Hardshell CaseOkay, I hate to sell this guitar and I am NOT shipping overseas because I'd like the opportunity to try to buy this guitar back later on. (Of course I'll pay more than the winning bid price and I'll understand if the buyer doesn't want to sell it back to me, but I can always try, can't I?)This is my FAVORITE Les Paul of all time and I've owned many of them. ('79 Standard, 2003 R9, 1999 Standard, assorted Japanese copies like Burny's, Tokais, Grecos, Bacchus, etc.)Weighs in at a perfect 8.6 lbs, a couple of scratches and dings here and there but nothing huge. This guitar has been played, but it is phenomenal. Great tone, great sustain, and a dark fingerboard that if it isn't Brazilian then it certainly looks the part. (Gibson wouldn't confirm in an email to them, as most of you probably know they won't unless it falls in the correct serial number range from 2001-2003 for the R7's, R8's, and R9's.) This guitar's fretboard just smells different to me, but I can't confirm that it's Brazilian. Previous owner took the guitar to a wood specialist in Seattle and the guy there would only say that the fretboard didn't seem to be East Indian Rosewood to him. And we know that Gibson wasn't using Madagascar Rosewood yet in 1999, so.....Inlays have been professionally replaced with vintage correct Retrospec Cellulose Nitrate inlays manufactured by Mazzuchelli in the Italian factory that made the original Bursts' inlays, tone pots have been replaced with the RS Guitarworks superpots, the pictures show it with assorted pickups but it will have a chrome covered '57 Classic in the neck and an uncovered, double black '57 Classic Plus in the bridge when I ship it. I hate to let this guitar go, only reason I have to is that I'm thinning the herd to pay off grad school loans. (and I hate that I have to do this, but sometimes you have to pay the piper.)My favorite finish on a Custom Shop Les Paul, looks darker in person and more like a Bourbonburst or Brockburst.No Certificate of Authenticity, Gibson told me they didn't send them out in '99 except for the anniversary R9's and a few of the others, but this is an authentic Gibson and I will put that in writing. When you open the case and smell the nitrocellulose, then hold this guitar you'll know that this is an authentic Gibson and why they say "Only a Gibson is Good Enough."Has R9 Specs and originally came with the Grover Tuners installed from the factory, these were NOT put in afterwards.Long-tenon neck joint, non-weight relieved, '59 shaped fat neck, it's basically an R9 without the serial number and R9 branding in the pickup cavity. (and yes, I've owned an R9 so I can say that with confidence...).Have heard different stories about this guitar's origin. Someone told me it was originally meant to be an R9 but was accidentally drilled for Grover's instead of Klusons at Gibson's Custom Shop and was then sold through Dave's Guitar Shop (Dave's also can't confirm or deny this, their records from that time period are as good as Gibson's). Another person told me that is was a custom ordered piece and that is why I wondered if you could specify Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard in 1999 from Gibson's Custom Shop. (of course this pre-dates the much coveted Brazilian Les Paul's of 2001, 2002, and 2003 and Gibson won't confirm or deny my suspicions, they'll just say the serial number matches up to a Custom Shop Les Paul made in 1999- Thanks Gibson....)Just gorgeous, I'm rambling right now, but I love this friggin' guitar that much.Sad to see her go, hope she finds a good home.Bid with confidence on my favorite guitar of all time. ( and I've owned 50 plus so that's saying a lot.....)Thanks for looking and good luck!!!!Posted with eBay Mobile
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