Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Offered for sale;

Used 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Left hand version serial number 856099.

This guitar is in good condition, neck and frets are fine, cosmetically showing nicks and marks about the body.

The finish on the back of the neck is extensively worn through and there is a worn through spot on the back.

At some point in 1969 Gibson began using a multi-ply body and added a volute to the neck and a “Made in USA” stamp on the back of the headstock. This guitar was constructed prior to that change. The body is mahogany not sandwiched and the neck has a short tenon and no volute or USA stamp. These features on a 1969 build add additional value to this instrument.

The original Patent No., T-top pickups with the covers removed, were rewound by Kent Armstrong and sound great. The neck pickup is 6.50K ohms and the bridge pickup is 7.24K ohms.

This is a significant Les Paul lefty, if you are in the market for one, consider this!

Original hard-shell case included.

“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship. If you decide to purchase this guitar, please let us know what gauge strings you prefer.”


Year: 1969

Serial number: 856099

Body: Mahogany (not sandwiched), maple top

Neck: Mahogany 3-piece

Finish: Ebony

Fingerboard: Ebony

Scale Length: 24.5”

Number of Frets: 22 original small (not quite fretless wonder)

Pickguard: Original

Bridge: Tune-O Matic

Tuners: Kluson (ribbed diamond) (“A” is slightly bend)

Pickups: Patent No., T-tops, covers removed rewound by Kent Armstrong

Controls: Volume, volume, tone, tone, 3-way pickup selector switch

Width at Nut: 1 11/16”

Radius: 12”

Weight: 9.9 lbs.

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every
mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available.

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Original Hard
24 Years
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
11:49 AM
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues. - Sat. Mondays by appointment only

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All shipments made by us are fully insured. Also, all new products are fully covered by the manufacturer's warranty and used gear usually carries our 30 day mail order warranty. Most stringed instruments sold by IGS are shipped UPS Ground service for $50.00 to $100.00 for the 48 Contiguous states. (Overnight Red Label is also available). Please call on each item. GUITAR FREIGHT (Foreign) We ship instruments world wide. Our shipping department prides itself in its ability to safely deliver guitars anywhere in the world. We use Fex Ex Great Rates service, wherever possible. You are responsible for any import duties, V.A.T., etc. on delivery. It is advisable to consult with your local customs office.

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