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Hi,

In 1997 I purchased a brand new re-issued 1960 Les Paul Special double cut cherry red serial number 94***** and I was told it was from the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville. *The store I bought it from was a reputable store. Were any of the early CS models issued with "normal" serial numbers? I saw a another one like it built on the same day and it was worth quite a bit more than other comparable models.

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1 hour ago, Beaux said:

Hi,

In 1997 I purchased a brand new re-issued 1960 Les Paul Special double cut cherry red serial number 94***** and I was told it was from the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville. *The store I bought it from was a reputable store. Were any of the early CS models issued with "normal" serial numbers? I saw a another one like it built on the same day and it was worth quite a bit more than other comparable models.

Most Custom Shop models start with CS then numbers.

https://www.gibson.com/Support/Serial-Number-Search

Custom Shop regular production models
CSYRRRR
CS stands for "Custom Shop"
Y indicates the production year
RRRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of production

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3 hours ago, Beaux said:

Hi,

In 1997 I purchased a brand new re-issued 1960 Les Paul Special double cut cherry red serial number 94***** and I was told it was from the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville. *The store I bought it from was a reputable store. Were any of the early CS models issued with "normal" serial numbers? I saw a another one like it built on the same day and it was worth quite a bit more than other comparable models.

Honestly, that sounds like you have a 1994 Gibson...  I have 2 x 1994 Gibson guitars all starting with the 94xxx... S/N.  It was Gibson's centennial year - yippee - and they changed it up this time for whatever reason.  As @Sgt. Pepper mentioned, the CS was appended to the front during the 201x years AFAIK.  I have one from 2015 that has the CS prefix.  Unless it is a reissue, you won't see the CS prefix; reissues have another format to look for.  

If in doubt, call Gibson.  A short phone call will do you good.  

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I spoke with Gibson and through the serial number they confirmed it was a 94 Les Paul Special DC, but according to blue book, the only Les Paul Specials DC made in 1994 would have been either the 1960  reissue or the LPS Centennial edition which has gold hardware, a different pick guard, different tuners and a wrap around stop bar/tailpiece combo (mine has all chrome hardware, black pickguard, ABR bridge). Still not 100% certain, although I suspect there may have been variations in the hardware, or this was custom ordered with the ABR bridge and the chrome tuners...

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3 hours ago, Beaux said:

I spoke with Gibson and through the serial number they confirmed it was a 94 Les Paul Special DC, but according to blue book, the only Les Paul Specials DC made in 1994 would have been either the 1960  reissue or the LPS Centennial edition which has gold hardware, a different pick guard, different tuners and a wrap around stop bar/tailpiece combo (mine has all chrome hardware, black pickguard, ABR bridge). Still not 100% certain, although I suspect there may have been variations in the hardware, or this was custom ordered with the ABR bridge and the chrome tuners...

Well, at least you have some more info after your phone call; I was pretty confident you had a 1994.  If you aren't the original owner which I gather, you don't know what modifications might have been done to the tuners or bridge, etc. by the last guy.  Anyhow, glad the investigation is going good, haha!  Cheers!

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