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I have been considering selling my Gibson Les Paul Classic. I submitted my photos to a guitar shop nearby and the owner stated that the serial number looks homemade and could be due to customization and therefor offered a very low sum.

I bought my guitar more than 15 years ago at an established store. Unfortunately I cannot recall the information I might have received at that time. The guitar was nevertheless straight from production without a single scratch. 

Now I wonder if I could be fooled and would much appreciate any help in identifying which kind of Les Paul I got. All I know is that it is a Les Paul Classic, 1960 is inscribed on the board below the strings.






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A pic of the front of the headstock and one with the truss rod cover removed would help determine if it's a real Gibson. There should be a 5/16" nut on the end of the truss rod if it's a real Gibson. The serial# does look a bit strange since it has so many zeros. The pic is very small and I can't tell if the serial# is stamped into the wood or inked. I have a 1999 Classic and the serial# is inked with a 9 XXXX, with the 9 designating the year of production, 1999. Yours doesn't appear to follow the same format. Do you know what year it is supposed to be?

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Thank you for your reply. Here are some other photos. I have not yet had the time to remove the truss rod. If there are uncertainty after these photos I will remove it.



i think it is from early 00s but I am not sure.

I found this on the Gibson webpage:

Les Paul Classic 1989-2014: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.

The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

It should therefore be from 2005.

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