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Hello everyone, I recently purchased a 1989 Les Paul that was advertised as a '59 re-issue body with a Standard neck. I'm thinking more it's a Sam Ash run 1 of 300 that were called the Les Paul CMT. However most of the ones I've read about had the ink stamped serial # and mine has an 8 digit YDDDYxxx version. I read that this was the case in late 1989 that they converted. Anyone know why or if this is even true? Mine also came with factory chrome metal Grovers instead of the Kluson style. Gibson ABR-1 bridge and advanced plating chromed tailpiece. Bill Lawrence HBR and HBL pickups. This guitar is somewhat of a mystery with the exception that Gibson said the serial number states it was made in the Custom Shop and is considered a CMT (Curly Maple Top) Les Paul. Thanks for any thoughts and knowledge!
Dear Gibson aficionados, I consider the purchase of an ES-339. I have rather small hands; and the slim taper neck of my SG Standard - for example - fits me very well. I thoroughly checked out a friends (2008) ES-339, the version with the "59" neck. I love this guitar, but the "59" neck is clearly too thick for me. My question is: regarding shape and thickness - with which neck is the recent production (2019) “Rounded C” more comparable: the (2008) "59" or the (2008) “30/60”? Taking in account that I like the SG neck, do you think it is likely that I can get along with the modern “Rounded C” as well? A second question to the insiders among you: do you expect that the old “30/60” ES-339 neck will become available again anytime soon? Might it be worth to wait? Your advice is much appreciated.