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Rare 1980 Gibson Les Paul S.M.

#21 User is offline   pippy 

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

View PostEracer_Team, on 09 January 2013 - 09:30 AM, said:

for a Norlin era guitar that's +30 years old I think it looks pretty good no matter what it turns out to be (custom vs standard)......bottom like as long as you like the looks, feel and playing doesn't matter which Gibson it is......

I might be picking you up wrong, Eracer, but we're not doubting the OP's Wine Red LP; that is definitely a (Gorgeous) S.M.

It's the Cherry Sunburst LP posted (in post #15) that is the subject of 'debate'.
That's the one which would seem to be a re-badged Standard.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

View Postpippy, on 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM, said:

It's the Cherry Sunburst LP posted (in post #15) that is the subject of 'debate'.
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agreed on that one for sure,
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:33 AM

View PostRock&RollJoe, on 08 January 2013 - 03:56 PM, said:

I too have an S.M. model that I bought with my graduation money in 1983. I have tried for years to find info on it. It must be very rare. Mine is a 1979 (judging by the s/n). I have never heard of a '79 before.

Mine also has the "Custom Made" label.


Attachment LesPaul (5).JPG

Take a look


Hi there, rock&rollJoe - I am pretty sure about that your lester is a K.M. (with a wrong TRC) Everything in your photo tells me that.
The "custom made" plate was on the first made K.M.´s. The bindings, the naked pups, the inlays, the finish, the year - everything says its a K.M.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:52 AM

View Posthorand, on 11 April 2013 - 12:33 AM, said:

Hi there, rock&rollJoe - I am pretty sure about that your lester is a K.M. (with a wrong TRC) Everything in your photo tells me that.
The "custom made" plate was on the first made K.M.īs. The bindings, the naked pups, the inlays, the finish, the year - everything says its a K.M.

It could be, horand. You might well be right.

The main thing which puts me off that idea is that most KMs were meant to have highly-figured tops.
I know some were made which were far 'less-flamed' than others but I'm not sure about any being made as a completely Plain-Top.

I've not seen many KMs, admittedly, but those I have seen have also had the more usual 'pointy' horn shape from this era.
And I've still never seen a 'Custom Made' plaque with cursive script either. But, I suppose, it's possible they do exist.

Its 100x more likely to be a KM than an SM, that's certain.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:33 AM

Pippy, there are some K.M. photos in this link to the brotherforum:

http://www.mylespaul...hotos-only.html


and here is a pic of one with the "custom made"- plaque.
http://i39.tinypic.com/vhanw0.jpg
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:21 AM

Hi there Horand.

Thanks for the links. Informative. Especially the plaque. As I've mentioned, I'd never seen a cursive version so I've learned something new today.

So; it's either a KM with the speed-knobs swapped for hat-boxes or a Standard less covers and an added plaque?

I agree the KM theory is now looking more likely - although I'm still not 100% sure of the horn-shape.........lol!

Thanks again for your input.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:29 PM

To Bad its probably a custom shop remake. just play it...
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Posted 26 June 2015 - 07:48 AM

I know that it says Solid Mahogany,, but that top grain sure looks like plain Maple.
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Posted 26 June 2015 - 10:00 AM

View Postajay, on 26 June 2015 - 07:48 AM, said:

I know that it says Solid Mahogany,, but that top grain sure looks like plain Maple.



very old thread Ajay
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Posted 28 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

Truly a great find. She's a beaut and congrats. [thumbup]
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 01:42 PM

Hello! I Know I'm late to the forum but wanted to see if anyone had input.
I'm looking at buying my first electric (historically intermittently play acoustic) and will be meeting someone to look at a 1980 Les Paul S.M. this weekend. For an electric I'm not sure what to look for with the bridge or when I take the panel off the back. Do you have any suggestions?
It's in excellent original condition with a little wear on the 1st fret board. Does fret board wear impact the playability of an electric? If so how substantial and is it costly to repair? I'm really set on buying a great condition vintage Gibson for my electric player and was previously looking at an ES until I found this. ThanKS in advance for the advice!!
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