Gorgeous tigerstriped top in lemon drop finish. possibly due to rivalry between the Kalamazoo plant and the Nashville plant, the Les Paul KM, or "Kalamazoo Model", was born. Although most of the 1,500 KMs issued had plain sunburst tops and other features that didn't mimic the originals, a limited number were produced with flame tops, most of which were reported to go to Japan. The Nashville plant released the Heritage 80 Les Paul in 1980, with three models (Standard, Elite, and Award). The Standard had a three piece neck, rosewood fingerboard, and flame top, the Elite with one piece neck, ebony fingerboard and quilt top, and the Award with flame top and gold hardware. The Heritage 80's, while fine guitars with pickups designed by Tim Shaw, did not closely emulate their 1959 cousins in cutaway shape, tuners, hardware, weight, and many other details and, in the case of the Standard, the three piece neck. In 1982, Leo's Music in Oakland, California, and Guitar Trader in Red Bank, New Jersey, began ordering reissues with more accurate specs for body shape, tuners, hardware, and neck shape to emulate the coveted 1959 Les Paul. It is not sure this one was actually ordered by Guitar trader, but his is one of these specially ordered guitars, most likely for the collector market. Among these special order guitars, none had more attention to detail behind it than the Guitar Trader Les Paul. It was dissatisfaction with Gibson's "near misses" on the Les Paul KM and the Heritage 80 Models that prompted Guitar Trader to pursue the development of a reissue Les Paul that more closely approximated 1959 Les Paul specifications. Although details of the history of the Guitar Trader are sketchy, collectors who are careful to search for information can piece together quite a bit about this magnificent 1959 reissue produced in 1982 and 1983. The tops on these guitars have beautiful, full flamed maple that goes all the way to the ends (most are quartersawn) Mahogany body and neck, rare ebony fingerboard. These are some the few more vintage correct les Pauls from those days compaired to the then popular Heritage les Pauls. Guitar Traders are light weight, well constructed guitars, with fine attention to detail. Fits and finish are superb. These guitars have a medium thickness neck, and sound and play great, as do most of the Kalamazoo-made Les Pauls of the late 70's and early 80's. In the July, 1998 VG Magazine Q & A with George Gruhn, he states that "these guitars were built to very high standards of quality and have come to be considered collector's items due to their quality as well as their historical appeal as one of the first true historical Les Pauls." Small, inked-on serial number on the back of the headstock which is closer to the tuners than the top of the peghead, Comes with original Lifton Style case, case signed by Robben Ford.
Im Moment sind SD 59er Pickup eingebaut. Die Original Pat Nr. Pickups sind beigelegt.
Die Gitarre befindet sich in Traumhaftem Zustand ( 28 Jahre alt !! ). Kein Vergleich zu
heutigen Reissue Modellen. Ausgezeichnete Verarbeitung und ein Ton der Süchtig
macht sind der Beweis. Natürlich mit Original Koffer.
Paula's mit Flametop. Gewicht der Gitarre 4270 gr.
Versand der Gitarre sehr ungern. Bitte holt sie ab !!!
ca. 3 Days.