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    1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    Hi,

    I just bought the above guitar. It does not come with case candy so I am trying to figure out whether it is a 2002 or 2012.
    The only serial number that I could make out in the photos when I bought it are 7 2xxx.

    It comes in the black Gibson Custom Star case, so I guess post Custom Art Historic period.

    Is there any other way I can tell whether it is from 2002 or 2012, because I have read that the "newer" cases were made available from 2002/2003?

    Thanks.

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    Les Paul Forum Member Big Al's Avatar
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    Re: 1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    Assuming it is all original the pot codes. I am not 100% sure but IIRC the 2002 still used Gibson stamped pots and ceramc disc caps. I am not sure when the switch to wireless abr or light stop bar happened, [near 2002 I think], but a wired abr or a heavy tailpiece would indicate 2002.
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    Re: 1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    Thanks Big Al,

    Looks like it has Gibson stamped pots and ceramc disc caps.
    Pot numbers are 12-440-70500
    It has a wired abr1.

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    Re: 1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    It also came in this box, but I guess this box could have been for a newer LP?

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    Les Paul Forum Member Big Al's Avatar
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    Re: 1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    2002 would be my guess.
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    Re: 1957 Custom Shop Black Beauty LPB7 2002 or 2012?

    The 2002 LPB7 would have the the gold plated grovers , the 2012 LPB7 would have the plastic buttons on it if it still has the original tuners on it.

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