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'59, '65 or '68?


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I have been told that this Custom is either a 1959, 1965 or 1968. Maybe it is some other year. As you can see, the first number of the serial no. is either a 5 or 9. Note the "2" under the serial number. I wanted a modern sound for recording so I replaced the pickups and tuners. (See the separate pics of the pickups and tuners) I also replaced the toggle, control knobs and the strap knob. This stick is heavy! Without the strap it weighs 11 pounds, 5.9 ounces. I would appreciate any insight on the year of this guitar.

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What IS the serial number (it is unreadable from the photo), and what are the potentiometer codes?

 

The "2" designates it as a factory "second". This means it was deemed to have some flaw during or after the manufacturing process by the factory, and was sold at a discount.

 

In 1959 there were no "2" designated guitars.

 

In 1965 there were no single cut carved top LP's made.

 

In 1968 there was no headstock "volute" as shown in photo #2.

 

 

This guitar is most likely from the early/mid 70's. Answer the questions above and I can confirm a date for you, although the answer is probably not going to be what you want to hear.

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What IS the serial number (it is unreadable from the photo), and what are the potentiometer codes?

 

The "2" designates it as a factory "second". This means it was deemed to have some flaw during or after the manufacturing process by the factory, and was sold at a discount.

 

In 1959 there were no "2" designated guitars.

 

In 1965 there were no single cut carved top LP's made.

 

In 1968 there was no headstock "volute" as shown in photo #2.

 

 

This guitar is most likely from the early/mid 70's. Answer the questions above and I can confirm a date for you, although the answer is probably not going to be what you want to hear.

Thank you for the reply. The serial number is 920117. The knobs and potentiometers have been replaced so I can't get the codes from them.

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