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Hello, while Belgian I do live in a small village in Italy and I am a little bit "alone" regarding music and gears infos.

I would appreciate if you may give me information and dating of a guitar that I am interesting to purchase. It is A Gibson Les Paul Classic Goldtop with a number 1960 written in italic on the cream pickguard.

The inked stamp written on the back of the neck is in dark blue or black and : 5 space 0342 (5 0342)

On the brown and pink original case it's written made inGibson made in USA case made in Canada.


I really would greatly appreciate if you may provide me some help since I am totally newbie in electric guitars which is not the case for the acoustic and archtop guitars I do own.

Thanks a lot, best regards from Italy


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Thanks a lot for this fast prompt reply....Don't want to bother you but something intrigues me: I do have 2 questions: how could you estimate the year with the number ??? and what is the range of approximation of the value ??? It is more han mint whithout any scratch, just a a newborn...

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There is a database, called the Gibson Guitar Dater (http://www.guitardaterproject.org/).


For the serial number of the guitar above, it will return either 1995 or 2005. However, - on Classics -, the 5 digit serial indicates a pre-2000 built. A 2005 would have a 6-digit serial.


As for the value, - I think - eBay selling prices in Your region is the most accurate indicator of the value.


Cheers... Bence

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