1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE $17500 (FAIRFIELD)

$17,500
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  • 1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE  $17500 (FAIRFIELD)
  • 1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE  $17500 (FAIRFIELD)
  • 1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE  $17500 (FAIRFIELD)
  • 1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE  $17500 (FAIRFIELD)
  • 1968 LES PAUL STANDARD EARLY SERIES RARE  $17500 (FAIRFIELD)
Extremely rare Genuine Vintage 1968 Les Paul Standard Gold Top. This is an extremely early run produced post crown peg head and prior to Silkscreen on the headstock. It carries the early "Les Paul" Truss rod cover. This was manufactured prior to the Logo's being available. This guitar is consistent with the catalog description for the first issue 1968's and features the following 1950's features; Small Headstock, 1 piece neck, 1 piece body, 2 piece center seamed top, long neck tenon, 1950's body routes. Pot dates 6833, serial 529XXX, 9/10 Collector condition without alterations, modifications, or repairs. These were produced in a single run of maybe 30 guitars or so, although this is only the second one I've come across in 30 years. show contact info

Here is the same guitar from Ebay for $29,900:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Gibson-Les-Paul-Standard-Gold-top-/331454429457?pt=Guitar&hash=item4d2c393911

And other from Ebay for $28,000.00
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1968-Gibson-Les-Paul-Goldtop-MAKE-AN-OFFER-RARE-as-you-know-/111304326498?pt=Guitar&hash=item19ea413d62

The Early Series are fantastic instruments with thoroughbred heritage to boot. They are the most sought after of Late Sixties Les Pauls by far. They display decidedly 50's construction throughout and offer a great alternative to an older example.

Features:

PICKUPS:
Concerning Standard models only, P-90 pickups exclusively.


BASIC CONSTRUCTION:
Honduran Mahogany as stated in the flyer released in 1968. Maple top. One-piece mahogany neck (with two little separate wings to form the holly shaped headstock) throughout this category. Center seamed maple top throughout. One-piece mahogany back throughout.

NOTE: In early 69, a sixteenth of an inch laminate of maple appears above the standard depth mahogany back. It is very difficult to see, but can be observed in the neck pickup cavities of Customs and Standards alike. This is the mysterious "cross-banded layer". No one has a good explanation for it, and it does not seem to alter the value of the instruments. Certainly, the entire era of 'Early Reissues' is more desirable than the rest of the subdivisions of 1969.



Tenon Comparison
NECK JOINT:
These guitars exclusively have a long tenon neck joint. The long tenon is commonly considered the superior technique for attaching a neck. These examples bring the most money and are accurate to 1950 specs. (Although, 1950's guitars have a rounded tenon end vs. the 1960's examples having a beveled edge). A long neck tenon will extend most of the way underneath the neck pickup. The neck pickup of a early reissue GT will be directly connected to the neck tenon. NOTE: A very small number of Middle Series guitars shipped with a long tenon body and a transitional tenon neck. This occurred ONLY in the 565xxx and the rare 600xxx serial range. Although absent on LP Customs (for obvious reasons), LP Deluxes have a block of wood crudely glued in to fill this gap. The block allows the mounting bar for the mini-humbuckers to be installed. Be careful to make sure what you are buying. This block is occasionally glued in with care and can appear to be a long tenon.

HEADSTOCK:
The most sought after Goldtops of this era will have a 50's headstock design. Around serial number 53920x-53924x, Goldtops jumped to a larger sized variant. Remember, this ONLY affects GT's. Customs have had the larger headstock since the 50's to accommodate the multi-ply binding they exhibit. NOTE: GT's will now have the traditional 'Les Paul Model' silkscreen over the finish on the headstock. Wood veneer. Not sure what kind, but I'm certain its wood and not plastic. No 8xxxxx series guitars will have a small headstock. (EXCEPT, possibly the extremely rare "First Reissue" guitars. They may have serials in the high 899xxx range. SO RARE as to be statistically insignificant.)


GIBSON HEADSTOCK LOGO:
Earlier guitars in the run will have a dot over the "i" in Gibson, whereas later guitars will NOT have a dot. An open 'b' and 'o'. Certainly not the smooth, all closed lettered 70's logo. The dot seems to disappear around serial 539,xxx in GT's. For Customs, the cutoff is less clear. I would guess it to be around 539,xxx, but I have heard of a 558,xxx Custom with one. Ill clarify Customs at a later date.


1960's Logo (LEFT) vs. 1970's Logo (RIGHT, non-original tuners)

'68 (upper) vs. '69 (lower)
CAVITY ROUTING:
Guitars actually built earlier in the run (aka, shipped in 68) tend to exhibit routes with straight walls and a flat maple floor. (EDUCATED GUESS FOLLOWS: Basically the earlier guitars had their cavities routed BEFORE the maple cap was applied. Later guitars were routed in the traditional 50's style AFTER the maple cap was applied. This leaves a little shelf at the bottom of the cavity.) IN SUMMARY, earlier guitars (1968) will have the inaccurate cavity route, whereas the later ones (early 1969 and on) will be more accurate in this respect. This change occurs in early 1969 and remains in place for the remainder of LSLPs. The wiring channel from the pickups will be the small square route typical of 50's guitars. The square is about 3/4 of an inch on each side. It emerges in the cavity slightly further down from center between the pots than a 50's guitar will. (As observed on a early 69 example.)
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