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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1968 Reissue

#21 User is offline   hemply 

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:40 PM

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If I remember correctly, only the Guitar Center 68RI's have the slim neck.............the 68RI's not made for GC have a larger neck.


Is that right? I knew GC had some type of exculsive thang going on with the 68RI's but I was under the impression it was the entire model itself?
I did figure there might be some variations with the Gibson European subsidiaries as compared to Gibson USA productions but I would have never thought there could be such differences in the basic design itself. That's really interesting.
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Vintage 1969 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
GC Exclusive 1968 Historic Les Paul Custom Antique Nat
GC Exclusive G0 1960 Les Paul Custom Aged Honeyburst
Vintage 1967 Gibson J-200 Custom (pending)
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#22 User is offline   joed56 

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:08 AM

There was a thread about this reissue model on the les paul forum (lespaulforum.com) but I can't find it right now. Somebody had actually emailed Gibson about the neck differences and got a reply.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 02:36 PM

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If I remember correctly, only the Guitar Center 68RI's have the slim neck.............the 68RI's not made for GC have a larger neck.


Here's a question for you experts, since the guy at Gibson found conflicting information and was unable to give me a definite answer, and the guy at Guitar Center had no clue. The guitar in question is a 2008 Les Paul Custom '68 Reissue, serial number 081438, purchased from Guitar Center in May '08 at Fairview Heights, IL. Does this have a 60s slim-taper neck or a rounded profile??? I know the 2007 run of these had the slim-taper, in fact I had one (and should have never let it go), but this was made in 2008. I want to be sure before I buy this, and even the owner is unsure. Anybody? Thanks.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:45 AM

Mine 07 has a 60s slim-taper neck variant... However it does feel slightly more substantial than my standard with a 60's neck... But is definitely not 50's fat.

Mine also has a flamed tri-burst top. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one either.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:02 PM

These are the BEST things coming out of the Custom Shop IMHO.
Vintage 1959 Les Paul Junior D/C
Vintage 1969 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
GC Exclusive 1968 Historic Les Paul Custom Antique Nat
GC Exclusive G0 1960 Les Paul Custom Aged Honeyburst
Vintage 1967 Gibson J-200 Custom (pending)
PRS McCarty Korina w/ Braz-fret Vintage Nat
1980 Yamaha FG-312
'07 Lowden 35 Series RW/Sitka
"The Epiphone" (Mandolin)

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:11 PM

Thanks for chiming in. I drove to Guitar Center in Toledo today, and they had one '68 reissue hanging on the wall. I gotta say, in the sea of guitars on that wall, this guitar stood out like the Holy Grail. So I checked it out. It is an '08 model, and it has the slimmer neck. I think that confirms it for me that '08 (not just '07) GC '68 reissues have the slim neck. Thanks to those of you who commented. Rock on!

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:03 AM

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yours is the GC version. right?


Yes, it is the Guitar Center exclusive model... On the COA it has an "F" after the 68 Custom; was told this is how to tell GC model from the others. I don't know for sure, but I told the sales guy it's probably most likely because it has a flame top vs. something else. He looked at me in aw.

Anyways I got it dirt cheap so am looking for another one.

This is my dream guitar, I just wish is had a deep quilted top; so that's what I am after now.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:53 AM

The only '68 run guitar center ever did with a 60's neck were the triburst ones from 2006 (2nd pic). Believe me, if you're not sure if your neck is a 60's, than it is a 60's. The 50's neck '68's have always been undeniably chunky. he you have the '57's which are very chunky-baseball bat feel.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:56 PM

Hey, RRU: what year and model name is the second-last one with the maple fretboard?
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:01 PM

Got the guitar. It has a '60s neck. I'm happy. Wish it was a little flamier, but oh well. Awesome sound through my Marshall. Thanks to all.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 11:02 AM

Just saw this thread. I am looking at a '68 Custom Reissue with the natural AAA top at a local GC. Used $2700. Any thoughts?

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 01:10 PM

Well, here's my thought. You can probably get one on eBay cheaper. Here's the pros and cons: If it's in new/mint condition, these are only fetching about $2,500 on eBay, so buying at GC would be paying a little premium (they have the overhead of a physical store). However, if you bought one off of eBay, 1) you never get to see it in person and play it first, and 2) you have to put some faith in the seller that the description is accurate - that the condition is what he says it is. This confirmation may be worth a $200 premium to you. And don't forget sales tax - you will pay it at GC, you won't on eBay. I am offering this advice on the experience of buying and selling Gibson guitars on eBay since 2001, and buying and selling 2 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1968 Reissue Tri-Bursts on eBay in the last 3 months. Hope this helps!

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 01:29 PM

Let me add to my previous post - I just realized you said it was a natural finish. The $2,500 average eBay price is what I'm seeing for Tri-bursts. I believe the natural finish is worth more - you would need to do a little research - but $2,700 may not be a bad price, depending on its condition. You can check them out by doing a search on eBay - put in something like "gibson les paul custom 1968 reissue" then click on "Completed listings". I know there is a live auction right now for one with a natural finish and the Buy It Now price is $2,850. So again, tradeoff between: lower price but not being able to see it in person and play it vs. paying slightly higher price + tax but being able to see it and play it before you buy it.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 03:03 PM

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Yes, it is the Guitar Center exclusive model... On the COA it has an "F" after the 68 Custom; was told this is how to tell GC model from the others. I don't know for sure, but I told the sales guy it's probably most likely because it has a flame top vs. something else. He looked at me in aw.

Anyways I got it dirt cheap so am looking for another one.

This is my dream guitar, I just wish is had a deep quilted top; so that's what I am after now.

COA with an "F" after the 68 Custom desinates it's a Figured Top. These beautiful guitars are so close to an Historic Reissue. There are only a few minor differences. Lets not foget they also have the long neck tenon like the Historic's. Regular Customs do not. I have also been told that the stop bar is the lightweight version but I cannot personally confirm this, maybe someone here can. They have the Historic aged switch tips that Gibson does not sell anywhere. I was told by Gibson that these are not considered a Reissue mainly because of the finish. Most of the guitars features are Historic. It is one of the best guitars available in the price range today.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:17 PM

great thread.

i thought id add what i could.

my buddy bought a '68 from GC in '07. i fell in love with it. so about a year later i had an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone after seeing one in a VOS vintage sort of white.

after getting my hands on it(thru the internet) i was a little disappointed in that it had not the slim GC neck that my buddy's had. it is freakin huge in comparison. i may not be able to get used to it seeing that that was a big factor in me deciding to get one after playing his.

i have a question about the finish. it is most definitely not alpine white or anything bright like that. its almost yellow. what does gibson consider this finish?
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:57 AM

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great thread.

i thought id add what i could.

my buddy bought a '68 from GC in '07. i fell in love with it. so about a year later i had an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone after seeing one in a VOS vintage sort of white.

after getting my hands on it(thru the internet) i was a little disappointed in that it had not the slim GC neck that my buddy's had. it is freakin huge in comparison. i may not be able to get used to it seeing that that was a big factor in me deciding to get one after playing his.

i have a question about the finish. it is most definitely not alpine white or anything bright like that. its almost yellow. what does gibson consider this finish?
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I believe it is called Classic White, sort of a yellowish look to it. Very nice looking guitar. The first 68 Custom I tried had the 50's style (base ball) neck and after trying the GC version had to have it because of the 60's slim taper neck. There is a huge difference between them both. This was the only deciding factor between the two, all other features are identical. It is by far the best deal Gibson has to offer today.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:34 AM

Makes me want to show mine after reading all this posts.
It's a 08 and it's from GC so it's definitely has a 60's neck.
I bought this just before "Thanksgiving 08" in a really deep discounted price.
Here she is a 08 68 LPC in Tri-Burst.:)
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