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Help with ID please 1989? Les Paul VSB?? Sn# 9 0001

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I've been trying to research this guitar I recently purchased from Reverb and the seller advertised it as a 2000 Les Paul. I pulled pots cover off and found a pot number of R1378907 which makes me think this is from 1989. I pulled the pickups out and found Pat# "U.S. Patent 2,737,842" stamped into the back of the pickups but no printed date stamps. It has a metal input jack and what's interesting is it has a Les Paul signature on the back with what looks like it was signed to the Ash Family on their 72nd year in business on his 81st birthday which gives me a date of the signature of 1996. The serial number is also very interesting because it's an ink stamp on the head stock 9 0001. I haven't been able to find any info from the online databases for serial numbers. Any ideas on what this is? My guess is that this might be to a custom built one off or the first of the CMT Sam Ash run of Les Pauls but can't come up with any details. Below are some pictures to help.














Thank you for your help,


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