This is a vintage 1983 Gibson Les Paul “Black Beauty 82” electric guitar. This particular limited edition example, serial number 81153608 (with sub series serial 0108) was recently purchased from the original owner, remains in mint 100% all original condition and includes the original Gibson “Chain Saw” hard shell case! The Black Beauty 82 was produced during Tim Shaw’s pickup golden era, and this guitar features (2) incredible sounding Shaw PAF-inspired humbucking pickups. In addition to sounding incredible, this rare model is effectively a thoughtful hybrid between both the Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard appointments. Manufactured alongisde the fantastic Heritage series, this is certainly an obscure and interesting vintage Les Paul model.
Serial Number: 81153608
Pickup Dates: 150483, 151483 (Tim Shaw)
Pot Codes: 137-8252
Weight: 10 lbs 8 oz
Pickup Resistance: bridge 7.33Ω, neck 7.37Ω
As mentioned, this beautiful 1983 Gibson Black Beauty 82 is in near mint, 100% all original condition with no issues whatsoever. It features; Tim Shaw humbuckers, Les Paul Standard trapezoid inlays, Les Paul Custom style binding on the top only, gold hardware, a high gloss ebony finish, Schaller-made “flipper” tuning machines and a Gibson “chainsaw” case with burnt orange interior.
This guitar looks and plays like a new instrument. It exhibits absolutely no fret wear nor associated playing wear. The neck profile is a very comfortable 1960-style shape with larger fret stock. The playability is perfect. Ideal for the Gibson Les Paul aficionado or the smart collector, this is a rare model that will certainly increase with value.