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  1. Note that I previously posted this in a different forum but someone suggested I’d have better luck here. I’m new to the forums; forgive me. In the late ‘90s I received, directly from Gibson Customer Service, the bass pictured here. This was a “service recovery” gesture by Gibson after a particularly-cringeworthy repair experience with a different bass. This guitar is stunning. Pictures don’t do the finish justice. It’s a “ten top” with a flame and depth that’s indescribable. I was told at the time that this bass was owned by none other than Les Paul’s own bassist, who for whatever reason returned it to the factory. Whether this is true or not I can’t say. Note that I reached out via email to Nicki Parott, who played bass with Les Paul beginning around the year 2000, asking if she had any insights but she didn’t reply. I find myself wanting to know more about the history, uniqueness and value of this guitar. I reached out to Gibson Customer Service twice this year and both times, when providing the serial number (91007780), the representatives insisted this is a one-off Tobias-brand bass. Clearly it’s not, and whether this is due to incorrect records at Gibson or my own failed translation of the serial number, I can’t say. I’m inclined to believe the error is Gibson’s since an online serial-number lookup reveals a manufacturing date of April 1997, which is spot-on. During my most recent call to Customer Service the rep told me to email pictures of the bass to service@gibson.com for further investigation. This was five months ago and I received no response. (I also filled out the online Service form, and again: Nothing.) Can anyone tell me more about this bass? I have found similar instruments online, but nothing identical to this. Most similar basses have lesser-quality finishes. Five-string versions seem rare, at least of this quality. I’m a bit disappointed that Gibson, probably the most recognizable instrument brand in the world, apparently doesn’t check its Customer Service email or website form. I’m hoping someone is willing to go the extra mile to investigate the history of this unique, perhaps one-of-a-kind, instrument. Thanks.
  2. In the late ‘90s I received, directly from Gibson Customer Service, the bass pictured here. This was a “service recovery” gesture by Gibson after a particularly-cringeworthy repair experience with a different bass. This guitar is stunning. Pictures don’t do the finish justice. It’s a “ten top” with a flame and depth that’s indescribable. I was told at the time that this bass was owned by none other than Les Paul’s own bassist, who for whatever reason returned it to the factory. Whether this is true or not I can’t say. Note that I reached out via email to Nicki Parott, who played bass with Les Paul beginning around the year 2000, asking if she had any insights but she didn’t reply. I find myself wanting to know more about the history, uniqueness and value of this guitar. I reached out to Gibson Customer Service twice this year and both times, when providing the serial number (91007780), the representatives insisted this is a one-off Tobias-brand bass. Clearly it’s not, and whether this is due to incorrect records at Gibson or my own failed translation of the serial number, I can’t say. I’m inclined to believe the error is Gibson’s since an online serial-number lookup reveals a manufacturing date of April 1997, which is spot-on. During my most recent call to Customer Service the rep told me to email pictures of the bass to service@gibson.com for further investigation. This was five months ago and I received no response. (I also filled out the online Service form, and again: Nothing.) Can anyone tell me more about this bass? I have found similar instruments online, but nothing identical to this. Most similar basses have lesser-quality finishes. Five-string versions seem rare, at least of this quality. I’m a bit disappointed that Gibson, probably the most recognizable instrument brand in the world, apparently doesn’t check its Customer Service email or website form. I’m hoping someone is willing to go the extra mile to investigate the history of this unique, perhaps one-of-a-kind, instrument. Thanks.
  3. 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!
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