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My past and present guitar collection - my second Les Paul

Gas4LPs

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Les Pauls I Previously Owned - My 1980 Les Paul Custom

The story behind my second Les Paul: I wanted a nice Les Paul for an good price. My solution involved the San Diego Reader. The Reader was a free magazine given out every Thursday at various locations in San Diego. It contained stories and in the back classified ads. Every week for about 4 years I looked in the Reader classified ads for a Les Paul with a good price. In November of 1997, I found this 1980 Les Paul Custom for $775.00 and I managed to buy it. However, the neck pickup was bad so it needed to be replaced which cost me about $150.00. It was a well-played Les Paul Custom with a good weight and I played it for a long time. Eventually, a guitar tech in Amsterdam convinced me to put in fretless wonder frets and a new nut. After that it was difficult to play and would not stay in tune. In 2009, I sold it for a good price to someone else in to fund buying a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul.

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rgrace

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So is this your new one? I love those wine-colored LP Customs. I stupidly sold a 1976 awhile back (never mind why, the reasons seemed good at the time) and it's ridiculous that you can only get a new Custom from the Custom Shop line which as I understand it has a huge price markup. Nonetheless you've got to be thrilled that you finally have it! Needless to say, don't change the nut on this one! :hank
 

Gas4LPs

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So is this your new one? I love those wine-colored LP Customs. I stupidly sold a 1976 awhile back (never mind why, the reasons seemed good at the time) and it's ridiculous that you can only get a new Custom from the Custom Shop line which as I understand it has a huge price markup. Nonetheless you've got to be thrilled that you finally have it! Needless to say, don't change the nut on this one! :hank

This is one I bought back in 1997 and sold it in 2009. At that time I did not know that keeping a Les Paul in tune required a properly cut nut. I sold it and eventually bought a G0.
 
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