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 931.444.5174       230 Tenth St Clarksville, TN 37040
TUE - SAT 11A - 6P

1981 Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard 80 Elite Tobacco Sunburst

Excellent condition featuring single cutaway mahogany body with brown stain finish, two-piece figured maple top with Tobacco Sunburst finish and cream binding (thin binding through the cutaway), two humbucking pickups with black/white exposed coils and cream pickup surrounds, two volume controls and two tone controls with gold bonnet knobs, three way toggle switch with cream Rhythm and Treble ring, single ply cream elevated pickguard with chrome metal bracket, Nashville tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge, stop tailpiece, one piece mahogany neck with brown stain finish, bound ebony fingerboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays starting at the third fret, Gibson open book peghead, black peghead face with pearl inlaid Gibson logo and screenprinted Les Paul Model logo, multi-ply black truss rod cover engraved Heritage Series Standard - 80 Elite, three per side Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with metal buttons, serial number, Made in USA and production run number impressed in the back of the peghead, single ply brown plastic electronics control cover plate and switch cover plate, two metal strap buttons, nickel plated metal hardware, and hard shell case. 

This 40 year old Gibson Les Paul oozes coolness and both looks and plays spectacularly. The medium chunky one piece mahogany neck feels insanely good in hand and the clear lacquer finish has been played away over the years leaving a smooth buttery playing surface. The ebony fingerboard has been thoroughly cleaned and dressed as has the medium jumbo fret wire. The frets are still nice and tall and have loads of life left in them. The fret job and set up work is professional and top quality. This guitar shows some signs of play wear here and there but nothing that is a deal breaker. The top on this guitar is beautifully figured and the color is stunning. The top carve on these Les Pauls is deeper and has more of a belly in the center which looks incredible. The maple top has lots of motion in light and changes in different light sources (see photos). The humbucking zebra coil pickups were made by Seymour Duncan in the early 80s. These models are no longer produced and are also pretty sought after. They pair well with the instrument and the guitar sounds absolutely fantastic plugged up through an amp. The bridge position pickup has a gnarly, clear and biting tone and the neck pickup has a very warm growl. The potentiometers date to the 45th week of 1980. This guitar has been well loved and played thoroughly through the years but has been exceptionally well cared for. If you're looking for a tremendous sounding and playing Gibson Les Paul that has collectors appeal as well, this may be the Les Paul for you. These guitars were made as a limited run from 1980-82 and are finely crafted. Don't miss out.