Gibson "The Paul" Standard (1978-1982)
During the late 70s gibson les paul standard, custom and deluxe guitars along side fender stratocasters and telecasters were pretty much dominating the market, especially for heavier rock music .
These guitars were great but a little pricy for some , gibson wanted to try a new line of less expensive but good enough to play on stage guitars to commidate the student or the guitar player who didnt want to invest too much on a guitar . (In other words an all around descent guitar).
These gibson guitars were called "the paul" and today are considered classics by many , guitar players today still buy them because they are workhorses ( solid ) , sound good , and are not expensive at all , seen some for sale at $400 ( bargain ) .
In 1978 gibson introduced the "the paul standard " guitar but were actually sold on the market in 1979 , these guitars had a les paul shaped body , 2 exposed coil humbucker pickups , walnut body ( beveled edges sg style see pics ), tune o matic bridges , no pickguards , decal logos a, were made in natural colors , "the paul" on truss rod covers and were Discontinued in 1982 .
In 1980 gibson also introduced the paul firebrand deluxe which was very similar to the paul standard except for a mahogany body , mahogany neck , most firebrand deluxe guitars had "firebrand" on the trust rod cover, mostly made in rough natural finishes and were discontinued in 1986 .
In 1996 gibson reintroduced the paul and named it the paul II , these guitars had a 3 piece mahogany body ( not sandwich ) , rosewood fingerboards ,tune o matic bridges , silkscreened logos , vintage style tuners , "the paul II" on truss rod covers , made in ebony and red wine colors , and were renamed the paul sl in 1998 . Pics courtesy of ebay .
Vintage Value For 2008 :
1978 - 1982 > $800 to $1 200 ( the paul )
1980 - 1986 > $800 to $950 ( firebrand )
1996 - 1998 > $550 to $700 ( the paul II )
Avg Upward Trend Of 7% a Year since 2000
If your looking to buy this guitar , you can find "The Paul" Guitar For Sale on ebay from now and then .....
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