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Gibson Les Paul Artist 1981 Tobacco Sunburst Right Handed

Gibson Les Paul Artist 1981 Tobacco Sunburst Right Handed

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Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to present this rare 1981 Gibson Les Paul Artist! This is a whole lot of guitar. Put simply, I don't think we've seen a Les Paul capable of so much different sonic territory. This is not for the conservative player. This guitar is for the player or collector who is looking to have a auditory fun-house strapped to their body. It is well equipped to go way beyond the normal boundaries of regular guitar sounds. Lucky for you, it's in excellent playing condition. This is not only a remarkably versatile LP Artist, it is extremely fast playing. Legato hammer on / pull offs up and down a single string happen at blinding speeds and without exerting half the effort normally used on a more vintage style LP. This guitar has an outrageous amount of sustain due to the combination of its stellar design and its special electronics. It is set up excellently right now with low action, the neck is straight and the intonation is right on the money. This is one guitar that can honestly cover Straight Jazz, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Fusion, Blues and possibly a few genres that haven't been invented yet.

Item Details

This Black Beauty has a wonderful Tobacco Sunburst finish, gold hardware and a TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece. It also employs the standard Les Paul formula of a maple top joined to a mahogany body. The body also features a "scarfed" back which is similar to a smaller belly cut you'd find on a Fender guitar. This guitar is all original with the exception of a replacement Gibson Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge, gold knobs, and the first inlay ( which has been professionally replaced ). It is missing it's pick guard.

*In the late 1970's, synthesizers were a big deal in popular and progressive music. In an effort to gain a bit more market share with their guitars, Gibson collaborated with Moog music to produce this short lived guitar. The special electronics on this guitar were designed by Moog. The guitars did not find the audience they hoped for and these guitars were only manufactured from 1979 to 1982. 

The electronics on the Les Paul Artist are active and require a 9 volt battery to supply power. This is easily located inside the guitar by removing the backplate. The three special switches you see are for Compression, Expansion, and Brightness. These switched make an incredible difference in your settings. Once you become familiar with them you will find a long list of new tonal settings to use in your playing. The built in compression is a real treat to have on board as long held crispy chords and leads are made exponentially easier to produce. The Expansion and Brightness switches make exploring new sonic frontiers very exciting as well. The gold knob controls are Master Volume, Bass and Treble. A little tweaking goes a loooooooooong way with these controls so make yourself a pot of coffee and get ready to go exploring!

Other fine apooinments on this beauty include a special "LP" script headstock logo, a gold plated Les Paul Artist truss rod cover and gold plated Gibson tuners. This guitar comes with a new Gator hard shell case.

Overall Condition

This 1981 Gibson Les Paul Artist is in very good condition. it shows signs of regular use over the years with nothing major popping out in the cosmetic department - just honest use, no abuse. There's some small dings here and there on the body which you can see in the photos. There's a few lighter buckle marks on the back. The neck is pretty clean with only one or two extremely tiny dings that can't be felt during play time. The frets are in good condition with lots of life left to give.

This is a rare Gibson Les Paul with a very interesting history due to its collaboration with Moog. The uniqueness and versatility of this guitar, as well as its excellent condition, combine to make a very desirable vintage guitar. Players and collectors will have to wrestle over who gets this one.

Specs

The following features attribute to the classic and warm sound of this stunning instrument:

  • 1981 Gibson Les Paul Artist
  • Special Active Electronics designed by Moog
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • Carved Maple Top
  • Mahogany Body
  • Scarfed Back
  • 5 Piece Maple Neck
  • 60's Slimmer Neck Profile
  • Bound Ebony Fretboard
  • TP-6 Fine Tuning Tailpiece
  • Gibson Nashville Tune-o-matic Bridge
  • Wide Block Inlays
  • Special LP Headstock Inlay
  • Gold Artist Truss Rod Cover
  • Gold Hardware
  • Gibson PAF Style Humbucker Pickups
  • Black/White Binding
  • Gibson Tuners
  • Scale Length 24 3/4"
  • 22 Frets 
  • Weight 10.06 lbs
  • New Gator Hard Shell Case
  • Serial # 80501552

Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

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Hi Ben,

I've got the purple Rickenbacker bass today.  Everything is great.  Seems that he had a very gentle journey.  It was very well wrapped, no damages, no complains;-)

The Rick has topped all my expectations.  Can't stop playing it!

It was me a pleasure to make this deal with you!

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Max 
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This thing is the real sound-heaven on earth!

Greetings from Germany, 
The PRS - Al D arrived last Friday morning...everything´s in perfect condition.
As you can see on the picture from my "living-room",  I´m a "little bit" crazy in guitars,-
but one thing I must say:
it does´t matter if I use a Peavey, a Fender or a Mark IV-Amp
 this thing is the real  
SOUND-HEAVEN ON EARTH
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Thank you and best wishes!!!

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Buying online can be very risky and one has to trust the honesty and integrity of the retailer....

Hi, I've just received (as of yesterday) the white '79 Rickenbacker you sold me (April 25/26). I've left feedback on ebay and would have liked to have said more if there'd been the space to do so. The bass sounds amazing. I've got a 4003 model which is only a few years old, so it's interesting to compare the two. The sound of the older one is vastly superior. It's a truly beautiful instrument.

Buying online can be very risky and one has to trust the honesty and integrity of the retailer. Your description of the '79 4001 was accurate; it was well photographed so I had a good idea of what I was buying. My anxiety was further allayed by the prompt and friendly emails from your salesperson, Paul. The most worrying time was when it was in customs in the UK!

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PS, the strings are perfect for me, what did you use?

Thanks a Million!

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