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    Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?


    Hi,

    I'm looking at a '68 Les Paul standard.
    The pickups were changed to real PAF's. Can anyone confim this?
    The back was sprayed with lacquer to cover the bucklerash. I'm not sure if the original finish is still applied.
    It has a '59 neck profile.
    Someone pointed out the finish might be suspected.

    Any opinions on originality of this one?
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    The top carve looks to pronounced to me on the lower bout .
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Thanks, I see what you mean. Could be the lighting?
    I added some more pictures.

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Looks nice! Works for me.
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Interesting as I have something similar (early 69 with 59 PAF's, though mine had the GT removed when I got it in the 70's). Tool marks and stickers look authentic to me?

    What's the asking price?


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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    I foolishly traded in one like this in 1981 to Norman's Rare Guitars. When I bought it in the late 70's it still had the original P90's (I still have the bridge PU) and the top had been stripped and given a walnut finish. I acquired two PAF's from a friend of mine that owned a '61 LP/SG, had the PU cavities routed out, and the top repainted gold by a local, experienced luthier. I loved the guitar and it sounded amazing, but it easily weighed 10 pounds and I couldn't handle the weight. I took it (and a 50's Lifton case) back down to Norman's (they are awesome) and traded it in for the '69 LP Custom I still own today. They were asking $800 for the Custom, so I gave them my guitar (and the case) and $200. We were both happy with the deal! I was aware that thieves love those delicious brown and tweed cases, so I took the Custom home in a Protector case. I love the case and know it has kept my guitar safe all these years.

    So, if the pickup cavities and the gold top do not appear to be from the factory - that's my old guitar!

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Looks totally legit to me. I’ve owned several of those and have many threads and photos at this forum.
    Yes, the top carved on 68scare very pronounced!

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Upon further inspection...

    The single-line tuners and nickel hardware are un-'68. Easy to swap out, of course, but if you have a real '68, why?

    It's a little hard to tell from these photos, but it looks like the binding at the neck join does not appear to be as wide (not following the carved top) as the 68's would have. This just could be the photo angle.

    The pickup cavities after been enlarged for humbuckings after the top was painted (ruling out that it's my old '68), so not stock.
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    The guitar is fine.

    the tuners are the correct double line, bodies in nickel but should be double ring. Either the tips were changed to look more 57-ish or the second rings were cut off.

    The bridge pickup location is wrong so that kinda sucks. You’re supposed to cut the neck side of the home so the pickup ring matched the edge of the pick guard. This one is too close to the bridge now.

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Thanks for all the replies.
    Asking price is 15k€, so the PAF have to be original.
    I see what you mean about the bridge pickup. That and the tunertips might give some negotiation room.

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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    Quote Originally Posted by GibbyLover View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.
    Asking price is 15k€, so the PAF have to be original.
    I see what you mean about the bridge pickup. That and the tunertips might give some negotiation room.
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    The headstock looks to be at the 14 degree angle of a '68 and a one-piece neck. The bridge thumbscrew surfaces look to be chrome, so I'd say this is a beautiful example of a '68 with added PAF pickups, swapped nickel hardware and tuners/tulips. I love the finish checking on this one.
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    Re: Opinion on '68 Les Paul Standard with 50s PAF's please?

    You asked for opinions. Here is mine FWIW.
    How much would you pay for this guitar if you had proof that the pickups were not PAFs?
    Remember this is not a 50s Standard and it has been modified. There are a lot of good (great) humbucking pickups based on PAFs made by people who know their stuff. This could be and maybe is a really good guitar but without a strong pedigree I don't know how verification of the 1950s PAFs (and their price) can be assumed. Lacking that I would have to value the guitar as though it did not have original PAFs. In fact in this case I would rather buy it without the pickups and find my own. Then you will know what you have.

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