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The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories. For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function. This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.

Epiphone Les Paul Guitars All of Epiphone's electric Les Paul Guitars, including the Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Classic T, Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom, and more. I don't really see the missing serial number to be a significant issue at all with a Norlin-era Les Paul deluxe. If one is curious about the year, you can likely just look at the volume and tone pots for the 137xxxx date code and get a rough estimate of when the guitar was made. Compaq presario c700 broadcom wireless driver xp windows 7.

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    Is the Gibson Les Paul made here?

    Only did a quick google search and am not sure.
    The Standard Les Paul, not the base model
    There is the YouTube video of the mfging of Les Paul in Tenn but I can't tell if all Les Pauls are made here.
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    Only learned a few days ago that Gretsch White and Black falcons are made in Japan and only the high dollar custom Gretsch are made here in the US.
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    That's a great question and will take some research to answer. My first thought is yes but they like fender and others may have some off shore manufacturing going on. Epiphone is Gibson's low budget line. The Epiphone Les Paul is made over sea's along with several other popular Gibson designs. I own several Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls and the Epiphone's are very good guitars for the money.
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    Originally Posted by iwananew10K
    Any idea why the custom shop Les Paul costs much more than the Standard Les Paul ?. The Standard costs around $3000, is what I gather looking at online retailers. The Custom shop Les Paul is north of $6000 .
    I understand why the custom shop Gretsch White Falcon costs way more than the standard White Falcon because the former is made here and the later in Japan. In Gibson's case both are made here.
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    Because some people will pay it I guess. Various other higher end/custom/boutique guitars are in that $4-6k+ range, made in USA, or Canada. I can see it could take some time to make a real good one with top quality materials all around. $5-6K of machined parts doesn't look like much either sometimes..
    I imagine some of their market is the player that just wants a $3-6k guitar with that name and have the $, I mean who else really drops that much $ on a guitar without playing it first. I know not many stores carry much in that price range around here. I'd love to try one of those Ernie ball musicman, but, nobody stocks them so short of putting $5k to order one.. I'll keep on dreaming.
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    Is the Gibson Les Paul made here?
    God , I hope so.
    They list Nashville,Tn. Memphis,Tn and Bozeman Mt.
    I'm pretty sure Fender is still in Corona Ca. I hope that is still true.
    ALL American manufacturers are under attack from the Feds for 'conflict free' material documentation as well as endangered hardwoods enforcement.
    The true artisan manufacturers left in the U.S. need to be protected.
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    C.F. Martin makes their high-end solid-wood guitars in the U.S. at Nazareth, PA. A while back, they began to make their less expensive, laminated models in Mexico. This was quite shocking to those of us who have been playing and collecting Martins for a long time.
    I believe that the Les Paul models are all made in the U.S. That said, there are numerous copies made in Asia that are complete rip-offs that have fooled some of the experts.
    The Les Paul forum has authoritative information on all models of Les Paul instruments.
    http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/index.php?s=
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    Originally Posted by smalltime

    I'm pretty sure Fender is still in Corona Ca. I hope that is still true.
    Well, I think Fender has bought Ovation:
    In 2008 KMCMusicorp (and with that the Ovation brand) was sold to the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.[9]
    And shortly thereafter:
    In 2014 Fender announced that they are closing the iconic Ovation guitar factory in New Hartford, Connecticut, leaving all production of Ovation guitars overseas.[
    And now there is this:
    China Ovation Guitar, China Ovation Guitar Manufacturers and Suppliers on Alibaba.com
    So the tiny little town of New Hartford CT that I call my new ( and hopefully permanent ) hometown was once known by:
    Elias Howe and New Hartford New Hartford Historical Society
    and
    http://www.hitchcockchair.com/
    is nothing more than just another has-been..
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    The Custom Shop guitars are select materials,neck profiles,electronic packages,etc, many trying to emulate the feel and sound of vintage unobtanium models,some are models based on particular artists preferences, thus the higher prices.
    yes, there are counterfeits so just like anything else always buy from a reputable dealer..
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    If it says Made in USA, then it is. If it says Assembled in USA, then beware. As far as I am aware, all GIBSONS are USA made. Epiphone is the import brand and a lot of folks I know play the Epiphone ES-335. I know one guy who has a real 1971 335 and the new Epiphones are actually as good and in some ways better. Specifically, the neck on that 71 is so skinny and round it feels like a banjo, the Epiphones feel more like his 74 Les Paul.
    In the early 1980s, Washburn got in serious deep doo-doo for bringing in Japanese made guitars, peeling off the Made in Japan stickers and stamping them with a new serial number and Made in USA. Got caught doing it and got the crap fined out of them for it. Funny part is that they stamped all these guitars with the SAME serial number. That way when they DID get caught, it was impossible to establish how many they had done. The guitars were actually really nice, high quality builds from the Yamaki factory. Even the ones that are openly Made in Japan are selling for $1000 or more.
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    Originally Posted by Mike C.
    If it says Made in USA, then it is. If it says Assembled in USA, then beware. As far as I am aware, all GIBSONS are USA made. Epiphone is the import brand and a lot of folks I know play the Epiphone ES-335. I know one guy who has a real 1971 335 and the new Epiphones are actually as good and in some ways better. Specifically, the neck on that 71 is so skinny and round it feels like a banjo, the Epiphones feel more like his 74 Les Paul.
    In the early 1980s, Washburn got in serious deep doo-doo for bringing in Japanese made guitars, peeling off the Made in Japan stickers and stamping them with a new serial number and Made in USA. Got caught doing it and got the crap fined out of them for it. Funny part is that they stamped all these guitars with the SAME serial number. That way when they DID get caught, it was impossible to establish how many they had done. The guitars were actually really nice, high quality builds from the Yamaki factory. Even the ones that are openly Made in Japan are selling for $1000 or more.
    The Grestch White and Black Falcon line are Made in Japan but still cost $3500 . Only the custom shop Gretsch White Falcon is made in the US and they cost around $9000.
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    Absolutely the Les Paul is made in the USA. All Gibson-branded guitars are made in the USA.
    Epiphone is Gibson's budget brand, and those are made in a Gibson-owned plant in Qingdao, China. Epiphone Les Pauls are be made there.
    A lot of investment was put into building the Nashville plant when Gibson relocated production from Kalamazoo in the mid-'80s. In the early days the Nashville plant had trouble due to humidity issues causing problems with the stability of the wood due to the dry and hot climate.
    Generally with consumer-facing companies that are proud of manufacturing in the USA or Europe, they're quite happy for the press to upload videos of factory tours.
    By adding the search terms 'factory tour' to Gibson and tapping it into youtube, you'll find a plethora of videos such as this: Gibson USA Factory Tour - YouTube which show how the manufacturing process works.
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    Originally Posted by smalltime
    God , I hope so.
    I'm pretty sure Fender is still in Corona Ca. I hope that is still true.
    The true artisan manufacturers left in the U.S. need to be protected.
    +1
    my shop is 1 mile from Fender, Corona.
    they're still there.
    they closed the performing arts center a couple years ago. They still do have a display/ museum area at the plant.
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    I have a fairly representative collection of Martin guitars and have always admired the quality and materials used in their older instruments.
    I was totally dismayed when I heard that they started building some of their lesser-priced models in Mexico. It changed my outlook on the company, which prior to that had built all of their instruments in Nazareth, PA for more than 100 years.
    I guess that sort of thing is inevitable, but it was certainly a shock to many of us who have watched and admired that company for many years.
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    They have reopened the Ovation guitar factory in New Hartford, CT recently . Bill
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    I went thru the factory tour in Memphis, I don't remember which models they made there but they did everything there.

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