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    Les Paul Forum Member Last LP's Avatar
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    Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    I just received my 2008 Les Paul Traditional Plus today!

    The person I bought it off of on ebay had it listed as a "Honey Burst".

    I haven't gotten any of my own pictures... yet, but the eBay ad pic is in my avatar.

    On to my question.

    On the Gibson Pre-Pack Checklist the Model NO. is listed as;

    LPTD+HSCHI

    I'm really leaning towards this being an Iced Tea Burst but I'm unsure. I know I can get the color initials from underneath the pick~up (which I do intend to look at soon as I want to see the neck joint tenon). I'm almost afraid to breathe on the thing right now, as it's so new.

    Can anyone help me out here? Thanks in advance. I'll post up some pictures once the sun gets a little lower in the horizon.

    Always makes for the best photos.

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    Les Paul Forum Member Last LP's Avatar
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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    Some Pictures!




    She weighs in @ 10lbs. 2oz.

    I still want a Historic but this will certainly tide me over. Perhaps a 50th '59 next year?

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    It's pretty guitar, but the color is not a "traditional" Gibson finish shape, so I'd guess it to be some odd name for how it's finished. The main difference is on the upper bass side bout around the switch.

    Iced Tea is: LPTD+ITCH1

    Honey Burst is: LPTD+HBCH1

    Desert: LPTD+DBCH1

    heritage cherry: LPTD+HSCH1
    Last edited by Wilko; 07-18-08 at 08:35 PM.

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    Les Paul Forum Member Last LP's Avatar
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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    You really had me carefully looking over that handwritten Pre-Pack Checklist.

    What about the coloring by the bout do you mean? Is it not low enough? Too low? I'm really wondering now.

    Thanks for the edit replies:

    It may indeed be a Heritage Cherry but it's so brown? Gee I dunno what I got here for sure. I guess I'll have to pull that pup off & see.

    I think I've got it figured out. It's a Heritage Cherry Sunburst.
    Last edited by Last LP; 07-18-08 at 09:27 PM.

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    the color code is heritage cherry sunburst.
    btw, it's a 1 not an I at the end

    LPTD+HSCH1 means :
    LP= les paul
    TD= traditional
    + = plus top
    HS= heritage cherry sunburst
    CH= chrome hardware
    1= they put this on everything these days for some as yet unknown reason. it may suggest that it is a normal production guitar and not anything odd.
    "I've been deaf, now i want noise!"

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    I don't care what name that color is. That guitar looks fantastic.

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    Stunning....

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    Quote Originally Posted by modoc_333 View Post
    1= they put this on everything these days for some as yet unknown reason. it may suggest that it is a normal production guitar and not anything odd.
    Exactly what you said. If that 1 were a 2, it would be a factory second or B-stock. Gibson doesn't sell B-stock anymore.

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim A View Post
    Exactly what you said. If that 1 were a 2, it would be a factory second or B-stock. Gibson doesn't sell B-stock anymore.
    i think they have also reserved it for odd one-offs. can't confirm that though.
    "I've been deaf, now i want noise!"

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    Re: Does anyone know how to read Model Number Coding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim A View Post
    Exactly what you said. If that 1 were a 2, it would be a factory second or B-stock. Gibson doesn't sell B-stock anymore.
    From what I have seen they do, they just don't call 'em B stock or seconds any more. Truss rod covers installed off center, frozen truss rods, bad bubbling on the tops along the neck joint, improperly cut nuts with offset string spacing, bridge saddle slots cut off center and paint lifting off the inserts for the bridge and tail piece, how hard is it to peel the paint off the metal BEFORE installing the hardware anyway? I have seen way more finish flaws the last few years than anything from the Norlin era marked as a second.

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