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    Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Hi, new to this site and relatively new to the wonders of guitars, I am looking for some advice about a guitar I'm thinking of purchasing, I don't have a huge amount of detailed info on it but here's what I do have.

    Gibson Les Paul classic 1960,
    The year is 2001
    T - Tops pickups
    Sunburst top.

    My local guitar shop are selling it for one of there customers ( private sale ) its listed as £ 1600 but I have been told I could probably get it for £ 1200.

    I have played it and it feels and sounds beautiful ( far better than the 2018 / 19 models I have also tried )



    I realise that without pictures or more specific information it will be hard if not impossible to know for sure, but what do you guys think generally, about the price and guitar?

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    Les Paul Forum Member Big Al's Avatar
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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Those have a lot of fans. As you have played it and found it to be worthy, I think you may already have your answer. Ttops were on late 60's to early 80's and were not available on the Classic from that time which came stock with high output ceramic magnet loaded, exposed black coils, (coverless), 500T and 496R humbuckers. So, pickups are not original to the guitar. How important that may be is your call.
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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    A 2000 Classic gold top was my first Les Paul. I love my Classic! Quality was outstanding, and has remained so over ~20 years. There's nothing like you're first...

    -- 1600 Pounds Sterling seems to be the nominal market price, slightly more or less, depending upon condition.

    -- 1200 seems to be a deal, especially if this one ticks your boxes and you are bonding!

    Per Al, ceramics are the norm and stock will give you latter Classic Rock tones. Don't know how T-Tops would sound in these guitars. But at that price, seems you could tweak and mod if you didn't like it.


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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    The 2001 LP Classic has the more desirable ABR-1 bridge compared to later Classics. (Don't remember they year they started using Nashville bridge.) T-tops aren't original as they came stock with the 500T and 496R ceramic pickups. I guess most people would say T-tops is an upgrade.
    At £1200 it's probably a good deal.

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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Thanks for the input guys, I think I will go put a deposit on it and grab it next week ( if I can get it for £1200 that is )

    I've had a beautiful Fender strat for 6 months and if I can score the LP for the right money I'll be very happy indeed..

    Thanks again

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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Well as it seems you may have a great deal hanging there for your take. Yes if all in OEM condition except for the pups in which you can always swap to you taste.

    My 2000 Classic is all stock with a slight green snotty fret block markers in which i like as it gives a bit of vintage vibe ( Big Al ? ) Price seems to be a good deal, you have nothing to lose if you ask a bit lower.

    Great players and easy as like the rest to bastardized to whatever it can take. I would grab it in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    A friend of mine has one in Cherry Sunburst and it is a great guitar...he has Fralins in it and it sounds wonderful...I'd jump on it!
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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by Trans-Am View Post

    My 2000 Classic is all stock with a slight green snotty fret block markers in which i like as it gives a bit of vintage vibe
    Ditto. Not a fan of the inlays. I actually tried some LPF recommendations regarding sunbathing/UV, and contemplated a makeover... which would include a refinish to see what's under the gold and end up with thinner skin...

    However, I have ample alternatives so may just make my peace with the snotty green.


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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Had a 2001 Classic for years as my #1. Mounted Lollar Imperials in mine. If I could afford to at the time, I would have kept it. Great guitar in spite of a little clowny burst and snotty inlays...

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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    Quote Originally Posted by jb_abides View Post
    Ditto. Not a fan of the inlays. I actually tried some LPF recommendations regarding sunbathing/UV, and contemplated a makeover... which would include a refinish to see what's under the gold and end up with thinner skin...

    However, I have ample alternatives so may just make my peace with the snotty green.


    Funny thing is that after a while or a few years they do seem to fade out of the greenish vomit to an off whitish/yellowish tinge, no longer green as before.

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    Re: Gibson les paul classic 1960, 2001, looking for advice / guidance

    The inlays were originally an aged grayish acrylic which then was changed to the almost chartruese day glow, [snot], green. That time frame may be around the switch over. IIRC, the early greenish inlays were not as bright or nuclear looking as the later Chenoyble Green ones.
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