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1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom Alpine White

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I just bought a 1989 Les Paul Custom Alpine White for $1025 plus two old pedals. Can anybody tell me how much it is worth? Thanks a lot.

 

BTW, I am not entirely sure it is a 1989. The serial number is 81609512.....

 

Is it a 1989?

 

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If the price is in US dollars, you got a GREAT deal.

That was a complete steal, considering the guitar seems in great condition, apart from the broken pickup ring, which is a very cheap fix.

Congrats on your new guitar, and I'm not sure if it's an '89, but an expert on this area will confirm that for you, maybe later.

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I'll give you $1,025 for it RIGHT NOW and you can keep the pedals for your trouble.

I'll even pay for the shipping!!!

 

 

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You got a great deal on that guitar if it has no damage history.

Even with minor electrical gremlins or a dead pickup it's worth more than that.

 

Good job!

 

 

Oh, and yes it is a 1989.

 

Call Gibson at 800-444-2766 and press 1 for Customer Service, give them the serial number.

Usually somebody there 24/7 if you hold awhile.

 

They might be able to tell you all kinds of details on the guitar that you would never have guessed.

Ask them what the original list price was, I'm guessing well over $2k in 1989.

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Haha! Thanks a lot man. I'm sorry but I'm not selling it, especially to somebody who has the name "NeoConMan." lol, Just kidding. It's definitely a keeper. Plays and sounds amazing. Alright I will give Gibson a jingle. Thanks for the help!

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I just bought a 1989 Les Paul Custom Alpine White for $1025 plus two old pedals. Can anybody tell me how much it is worth? Thanks a lot.

 

BTW' date=' I am not entirely sure it is a 1989. The serial number is 81609512.....

 

Is it a 1989?

 

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LesPaul017.jpg

 

LesPaul014.jpg

 

LesPaul015.jpg

 

 

Beautiful guitar!

Your guitar was made at the

Nashville Plant, TN, USA

June 9th, 1989

Production Number: 12

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Unless those two pedals were custom made for Jimi hendrix you got an insanely good deal.

 

Yes . . . tell us what those pedals were please!

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I just bought a 1989 Les Paul Custom Alpine White for $1025 plus two old pedals. Can anybody tell me how much it is worth? Thanks a lot.

 

BTW' date=' I am not entirely sure it is a 1989. The serial number is 81609512.....

 

Is it a 1989?

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To find the year take the 1st and 4th numbers : 8+9 so 89

for month and day take the 2nd-4th numbers : 160 = June 9th

Production facility is the 6th number : 5 = Nashville

the last 2 numbers indicate its order in the number of guitars produced that day: 12th

 

In case anyone else is wondering how to figure it out.

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To find the year take the 1st and 4th numbers : 8+9 so 89

1st & 5th you mean' date=' eh?

81609512

 

 

for month and day take the 2nd-4th numbers : 160 = June 9th

Yeah' date=' to state it a different way;

2nd, 3rd, 4th are the day of the year, sequentially.

001 is January 1st while 365 would be December 31st.

81609512 would be the 160th day of 1989 - remember there are leap years so the date may change.

And they don't build guitars 7 days a week, so production day numbers vary each year - with many not used.

 

 

Production facility is the 6th number : 5 = Nashville

the last 2 numbers indicate its order in the number of guitars produced that day: 12th

That is NOT a hard and fast rule. I have found it to vary over the years regarding the first digit.

81609512 may be Nashville on this particular guitar (and it is) but be wary of "rules of thumb" with Gibson.

They'll make a fool of you every time...

 

 

Another wrinkle' date='

Gibson now uses another digit since 2005 - four numbers for the serial at the end.

Fast forward 20 years to 2009 with that guitar, and the serial would look more like 016090512.

 

 

You're welcome.

 

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especially to somebody who has the name "NeoConMan."

I just realized I've been the victim of discrimination...

 

WTF?

 

[mad]

 

 

 

 

 

 

:-)

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wow that is an amazing deal. I have been interested in an alpine white lpc but I would like a used one so it'll be cheaper, and the ones I have found on ebay are usually over $2.2k- congrats!

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1st & 5th you mean' date=' eh?

81609512

 

 

 

Yeah, to state it a different way;

2nd, 3rd, 4th are the day of the year, sequentially.

001 is January 1st while 365 would be December 31st.

81609512 would be the 160th day of 1989 - remember there are leap years so the date may change.

And they don't build guitars 7 days a week, so production day numbers vary each year - with many not used.

 

 

 

That is NOT a hard and fast rule. I have found it to vary over the years regarding the first digit.

81609512 may be Nashville on this particular guitar (and it is) but be wary of "rules of thumb" with Gibson.

They'll make a fool of you every time...

 

 

Another wrinkle,

Gibson now uses another digit since 2005 - four numbers for the serial at the end.

Fast forward 20 years to 2009 with that guitar, and the serial would look more like 016090512.

 

 

You're welcome.

 

[biggrin]:)

You caught me there, was trying to speed type, and yeah they added a digit. My new SG has 9 digits.

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What's the best way to go about cleaning the years of accumulated grime off this Les Paul?

Honestly, I've used Windex glass cleaner because it evaporates quickly & leaves no residue of any sort.

Cleaned up some pretty nasty old guitars that way.

Make sure you have plenty of clean cotton rags/towels/t-shirts.

 

There are some good polishes recommended by some of the guys here, stick around for suggestions.

Any old pump guitar polish works okay for a shine - stay away from any sort of abrasives.

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Pfft. Leave her be. No need ta clean her. If it don't smell like skunk,leave the funk.

 

You're 1 lucky bloke. Congrats man. Revel in your new found glory my mate.

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