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Trouble Identifying What Year This Les Paul Is

#1 User is offline   dogman211296 

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 11:19 AM

Hello all, I've got this 70's les paul that has plays incredible and has the thinnest neck I've ever seen on any les paul. Like a slim 60's but thinner profile. It's nothing like my known 74 custom. When I got it, all the original pots were gone and it had EMG's in it so narrowing down the date has been tougher than normal plus it has 2 serial numbers stamped on it so I was hoping some of the resident les paul guru's could help me date it and figure out why it has 2 different serial numbers. The pics aren't great with the glare but the made in USA stamped # is 689163 and the other serial # behind it is 989163 without the USA stamp. I've included some pics of the normal things that help date the 70's lp's. Any help would be much appreciated. Attached File  IMG_3438.JPG (77.99K)
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:24 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Strange to see two serial numbers. Might there have been a mistake when it was first stamped with the 6 (or 9) being applied upside-down? The remaining five digits are, obviously, consistent.

As far as my reference books are concerned the serial numbers date to either 1967, 1968 or 1969. The 'un-dotted' i on the Gibson logo first appeared in 1968. The dot reappeared on most models by 1972 although there were some guitars which didn't have a dot up until '76.

Hard to say with 100% certainty but either '68 or '69 seems a good bet.

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