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8ohms

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I've got a line on a few 95' historic 59 reissues, but I'm not really familiar with the mid nineties les pauls. How accurate are they from this era and are they more or less desirable than what's being made today. I've seen some killer tops from these early years.
 

MikeG59

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You will get responses from two sides on these. They are highly desirable to a select group. Others will point out the features that are not vintage correct. The argument ensues. They are not 1959 guitars, they are 1995 guitars and some are very special pieces.
 

Rev.WillieVK

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Some of the '95 R9s had a great dish carve to the top!

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mbowen

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Although not as Correct Spec. wise as the later models the mid 90's are in a lot of demand if the top is killer.The mid 90's guitars have some of the curliest tops ever put on a Les Pauls IMO.The prices of the killer top mid to late 90's guitars is very high from what i have seen.Ones without great tops are not so much in demand.Here is My 1995.Mike B.

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mbowen

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Great looking top Mike!
Thank you even my buddy Vic D. said he thought it was in the top 10 Les Paul tops he had ever seen --new or old -so high praise indeed.So 8ohms it is hard to answer your question without seeing the flame and curl of the 1995 guitars you are looking at.If they have a killer top they should be expensive --if only a so so top fairly inexpensive IMO.Mike B.
 
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mbowen

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MikeG59 and REV{how are you?}Your 95's both look great.There is a thread in this area --i think the name was "1995 Had Good Wood"by me that guys posted a bunch of Killer 95'z in.If you want to do a search 8ohms i am sure you can find it.Thanks Mike B.

PS I bumped the 1995 Had Good Wood thread for you so it will be right near your thread.MIke B
 

TedB

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How accurate are they from this era and are they more or less desirable than what's being made today. I've seen some killer tops from these early years.

The vivid tops common in the '90s guitars result from the fact that Gibson was using western maple at the time, as opposed to the eastern maple tops of the original Les Pauls. Western maple yields the vivid quilting patterns found in many modern guitars (e.g. PRS). Eastern maple is a harder wood, and figured pieces aren't nearly as vivid nor as common as the softer western variety, which explains the subtler tops found in Historics over the past dozen or so years.

In response to consumer demand, Gibson has gradually implemented changes through the years to better approximate the originals. A synopsis of this evolution can be found here:
http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=139795
 

Joe Ganzler

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Plus, they used "toner", which sort of "freezes" the flame, as well as enhances it...

Here's an early '95 that I missed by two days, and I've been trying to locate/buy it ever since! Supposedly went over to Japan; possible S/N#9-5015:
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mbowen

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Plus, they used "toner", which sort of "freezes" the flame, as well as enhances it...

Here's an early '95 that I missed by two days, and I've been trying to locate/buy it ever since! Supposedly went over to Japan; possible S/N#9-5015:
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Great looking guitar looks like Duane's Hot Lanta to me.Joe why not post this one in the 1995 Had Good Wood thread if you would like.Mike B.
 

Skipped

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Accuracy/vintage correct is less important than tone! And anyway look how many years the Historic line has been with us and they still haven't got the inlays or the PU rings right.
If you want the best playing/sounding guitar (other than vintage) I would also look at the 80's custom shop guitars. Have just been reading in Guitar Player mag that Warren Haynes current favorite Les Paul is his 80's reissue.
 

lpflametop

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Mike and Mike's 95's are beautiful ...
I had a few 95's too....awesome guitars,
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