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#1 User is offline   Ebby 

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:19 PM

Hello...I'm writing on behalf of my girlfriend.

She has inherited an older Jimmy Page Les Paul and is looking to sell it. It's in great shape with original parts. Picture attached.

Based on the serial number, www.guitardaterproject.org says this about it: "Your guitar was made at the Nashville Plant, TN, USA December 15th, 1995 Production Number: 246"

We're wondering about its worth. Web searches yield a wide variety of prices. Help, please? She has an offer, but we suspect it's well beneath what's fair.

Ebby (Los Angeles area)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

Hm. Doesn't seem like the picture went through. I'll try it a different way.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

Is that photo reversed?
To the best of my knowledge, I don't think any of the Jimmy Page Les Paul models were left handed?
And there have been a few.
If they exist, I've never seen one.
The one you posted may be similar to a Page model in as far as pickups etc.
But if it's left handed, it would definitely not be worth as much as a true Page model.
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Also, there was a Gibson USA model that would have a regular serial number instead of a custom shop designation, and may have been offered in a left-handed option.
This might have more value than a regular USA Les Paul, but obviously not as much as a Custom Shop limited number editon model


Jimmy Page » Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul (1995-1999)

"In 1995, Gibson USA got together with Jimmy Page to produce a guitar similar to 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard 'No. 2'. The production run was from 1995 through 1999. The guitar was a single cutaway bound mahogany body, AA-figured maple top, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, bound black peghead, gold hardware, Tune-O-Matic bridge/stop tailpiece, cream pickguard with engraved and gold painted "Jimmy Page" signature, a three-way selector toggle, volume and tone knobs, which are push/pull pots that put the pickups in and out of phase, series or parallel them and make the humbuckers single coil as well (making up to 21 different combinations), in a Light Honeyburst (LB) finish. The pickups were standard 4-conductor 496R and 500T. The guitar came with a hardshell case with emerald green lining and Jimmy Page signature shroud. The guitars have a standard 8 digit serial number.

Prices for Page Les Paul range from $4000 for 100% (mint) to $2100 for 90% (excellent) to $1495 for 60% (good). The original manufacturer's price on this guitar was $6300.

By the end of 1995, Jimmy was not happy with the guitar (and allegedly a larger percentage of sales) and sued Gibson to stop production. Gibson wanted Jimmy Page to promote the guitar more than he was. Only the first 421 guitars were made with the custom shaped neck that Jimmy wanted and that later in the year Gibson went to a standard neck and also changed the color from the Honeyburst to a redder version as is evident in later 1995s and up. Gibson denies this and says the necks are the same throughout the production run and that the color variations are due to the fact that all the instruments are hand finished and that variances are bound to occur. Also, the first 500 made in 1995 came with Grover tuners. Later, the Grover tuner buttons were switched from "kidney bean" style to "tulip" style and the fret height was lowered to .038" and a locking nut added to the bridge as per Jimmy's request. The suit was settled and Gibson continued production.

Even though these guitars are Signature models, they are not Custom Shop models but rather are standard Gibson production models."


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Ack! Sorry about that. The photo was originally horizontal rather than vertical, and I absentmindedly flipped it wrong. It is right-handed, yes.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:51 PM

Thanks much for your forwarded price info, in any case.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

View PostEbby, on 17 November 2012 - 09:51 PM, said:

Thanks much for your forwarded price info, in any case.

The neck pick-up should be covered.
Paul Edwards

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

You can find the original specifications of the Jimmy Page Les Paul from back then attached, as well as the specifications taken from the Gruhns Guide.

For the value of the guitar you can check the following webpages:

http://www.vintage-g...s.blogspot.com/

www.gruhn.com

www.mandoweb.com

www.guitargallery.tv

www.bluebookinc.com

Kind regards,

Stijn

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