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Kenneth Barton

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  1. The new X definitely is not for me. I want the guitar to be a sweet player that won’t become obsolete the next time society changes the nature of computer technology. We have amps, pedals etc for all of that. Just give me a sweet guitar with great tone, playability, that will be as good 40 years from now as it is at present. However, Gibson has a lot of customers besides those who feel like me. I could see how the new X would be a great investment for certain kinds of players, members of cover bands that play a wide range of material, worship bands etc. For those people an X might be
  2. I bought it last night for $1500. I told the seller it was all I had but that I felt he shouldn’t take my offer because if he wasn’t in such a hurry he could definitely get a lot more, but I guess he was in a hurry, though he said he felt I would give it a good home. He was right about that. It was much nicer in real life then I had imagined, and this coming from a guy who owns 5 other Gibson Les Pauls. I’m going to alter the set-up a little but it plays and sounds amazing. -ken
  3. Found this at Gibson support and it jives with this (035547) being a 2003 model: Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the
  4. He just sent me this picture. It looks stamped. So far all the fakes I've seen and heard of have not had the neck binding done correctly so hopefully I'd be able to tell from that. Whay are the Classics serial numbered different from other Les Paul's anyway? He want $1800 cash which I couldn't give him today anyway as the banks are already closed, but I am tempted to go look at it once the traffic dies down. -ken
  5. The seller (Craigslist) changed pictures so the shot I was trying to read the serial number from is no longer one of them. I did find an identical one in a 2003 catalogue: http://www.zzounds.com/item--GIBLPCL3 His ad with the three pictures he does have is here: http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/msg/2539761650.html ...for the moment. I sent him an e-mail to verify the serial number as well as asking whether it's stamped. He's a bit of a drive from where I am so I'd hate to go out there and see it close and only to find something suspicious or wrong. -ken I'm attaching one
  6. Does 035547 or 085547 makes sense as a serial number for a Les Paul Classic about 7 years old with three pick-ups? -ken
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