Gibson Les Paul Artisan ( 1976-1982 )
Back in 1976 while the gibson les paul custom guitars were taking rock guitar players and musicians by storm , gibson decided to make an artistic and fancier model and called it the gibson les paul artisan .
Although they are 2 different gibson guitar models, the gibson artison is very similar to the les paul custom but with a sleeker look .
The gibson les paul artison had a carved maple top , gold hardware , hearts and flowers inlays on the headstock and fingerboard which was its trademark ( very similar to their gibson banjos ) , they had pre war similar style gibson logos , ( see pics courtesy of ebay )
a tune o matic bridge ( some had a rectangular bridge base in the 80s ) , tp-6 fine tuning tailpeice ,2 or 3 humbuckers ( optional ) , and were made in walnut , tobacco sunburst, and ebony finish . Most artisan guitars were manufactured at the Kalamazoo factory .
The artisan guitars with the 3 humbuckers were better sellers , guitarits' could of activated the middle pick up making it sound thinner to mimic the fender strat thus making it more versatile which was a popular feature for some during that era ,
however during the exact same year ( 1976 ) the gibson les paul custom also had a 3 humbucker model which was a better seller because it was cheaper in price and it had basically everything the artisan had to offer accept for the fancier artistic inlay designs .
The gibson les paul artisan had a very short history and were discontinued in 1982 . They retailed for $1550 and sold for $1050 to $1150 for the 3 pick up version and $950 to $1050 for the 2 pick up version .
Vintage Price Value :
1976-1982 > $2100 to $2500
Avg Upward Trend of 6% a year since 2000
Note : The 3 humbucker models are worth a little bit more due to the extra pick up .. however the 2 humbucker models are known to be more difficult to come by ...
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