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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Kutt, Feb 13, 2019.
Looks like the LP Custom went back to an ebony fretboard. Rejoice.
Now if only the prices become more reasonable!
Gibson with the new management team knows that guitarist's don't want richlite fretboards and stocked up on Ebony !
Gibson LPC: ~$4400
1 board foot ebony (1' x 1' x 1" ~= a dozen fretboards if not more): ~$100 RETAIL.... so ~$8 per guitar.
Yup kids, a whopping EIGHT BUCKS.
Plus cost for quality, minus savings for bulk --- same money in the end...costcutters musta wept tears of blood, but ponied up the $8 per $4400 guitar after the backlash
PS now you know why they wind their own pickups and use crap tuners.
Big fan of Gibson ?
What do you consider "reasonable?"
Not a big fan of veracity, either.
Glad to see that...I have a silver burst with an ebony board and love it!!!
I'm an old coot.
I thought Gibson LP Customs at $325.00 was a lot of $'s in 1969.
So, I bought a Gibson 335 instead for $250.00.
Still have the 335.
BTW, I did acquire 3 Gibson LP Customs along the way.
I have 2 1982 Gibson LP Customs ($750.00 total for both) and, I went crazy, and bought a 2004 1957 limited edition Re-issue Historic all mahogany faded cherry LP Custom (at a blow out sale around 2010) for $2235.00.
At the time, it was the most I've ever paid for a guitar.
Even today, the most expensive guitar I've ever bought was right around $2300.00.
So, I have 3 Gibson LP Custom guitars that ran me, a total, of just under $3k.
Remember, I'm old and very frugal.
I was 6 in 1969 ,but I hear ya
I got my 1st Custom at We Buy Guitars in 89 for $700...which I thought was high but not unreasonable, NYC high I suppose . Well yellowed white , like Mike Campbell's circa '81
I was a sailor in my 20's on a NYC adventure ...
WE BUY said it was a '72 . I wasn't sure they did that finish then . It wasn't a '74 anni though. Didn't really matter to me ,it was cool
I ended up selling it in '92
pic from my barracks room in '89 ....20th century ,still B&W
When I moved to Memphis I traded a '96 steel body National for an '83 Custom . I sold it in '06 to buy a Historic plaintop , but ended up buying the Custom back in '09. It has a lotta personality and shared many miles with me , so it remains . I played it on a gig a week ago and did it DELIVER !
I DID spend a good chunk o' change on a '98 Historic '54 Custom ....who wouldn't ? I think I got an OK deal on it though and...... NO WEIRD WOODS, or "wood product"
I was 16 in '69.
I used to oogle at those guitars hanging on meat hooks in the window of "We Buy Guitars".
In'74, I thought "We Buy" was expensive with all those Gibson Jr's at $495.00 hanging in the window.
My luthier and buddy, Paul Unkert, worked at Red Bank Guitar in the 70's.
He told me that they used to turn away late 50's LP Std's because they didn't have enough "flame"...................they would offer $1k for "flamey" ones.
My Gibson Les Paul Customs (the pickguards are back on)...................
Like that Cream one! Plus 1 on the pickguards being back on!!
Owned a 57 Reissue LPC, but couldn't bond w/it … probably because I couldn't help but wish it was a white 1974 (my birth year). The guitar I've wanted more in life than any other is a white 1974, but I'm waiting for the right one. It'll happen someday. Might be a good time to point out that if anyone has one for sale, I might be interested.
Damm if I was to be looking for one in my birth year, 58 I would need to be a millionaire! Cheers
That is NYC high
That's what I paid for Juniors ten years later on the West Coast ...high price ...250 if you really shopped around ...$125 for a melody maker
Although I love my 2014 LPC, this change back to ebony fretboard breaks my heart. I will never be able to afford a new one at my age and my resale value just took a dive (IMHO).
Kudos to the company for the change. And now we can stop hearing all the whiners bitching about Richlite.
I was in Los Angeles sometime in the late 80's and I visited Voltage Guitars.
I turned down a mid 60's Epiphone Olympia that was around $375.00(?) but I bought a natural flamed 1980 something Dean Flying V with case for $150.00.
That Dean is long gone.