Thanks to Mahar's Vintage Guitars Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard Elite 80, 1981 These guitars carry many of the features of the original late 50's Les Paul Standard. This one has a crazy, quilted top, it's more stunning in person than it is in the pictures. The guitar weighs in at 10 pounds 8 ounces. It's all original with the exception of the tuners and shows some usual handling wear, nothing major. The finish is very light and it appears that part of the back of the guitar has slightly taken some texture, probably from sitting in the case. This is impossible to picture and not an issue at all in person. The neck is perfect, truss rod still effective, frets show some wear but are not in need of work or replacement, the electronics are original and untouched. The tuners are mid to late 60's Kluson 'Gibson Deluxe' machines, the only change to the guitar when the tuners were added is six additional screwholes to the back of the headstock. The case is a newer brown/pink Gibson hardshell. Here is some info on this series of Les Pauls: With the exception of a few Kalamazoo-built prototypes or "one offs" in circulation, all Heritage 80's were made in the Nashville plant between 1980 and 1982. These LPs have a unique sharp and wide cutaway at the horn, Grover kidney tuners, and an eight digit serial number with four digit second number beneath it. There does not appear to be any pattern to the second four digit number – it was used for marketing reasons to distinguish these guitars as limited editions by Bruce Bolen, then head of R&D. They have a unique headstock shape. They are generally on the heavy side (high 9's to high 10 lbs.), have the thin binding in cutaway, small black side dot markers, and a Nashville bridge. The back plates for the control cavity and switch are brown. The Gibson logo on the headstock has a closed "b" and "o" and a dot over the "i". The necks on these guitars are of medium thickness. While not as close in terms of vintage specifications to the Guitar Trader and Leo's LP models, they are well regarded guitars by many players and collectors and have excellent fit, finish, tone, and playability. Tim Shaw of Gibson at the time designed reissue PAFs for them which sound very good and have come to be known as "Shaw PAFs" in the collector community. The pickups are one double white and one zebra under the covers. The truss rod covers are inscribed with the model names. The Heritage Series Standard 80 Elite has a one piece neck, ebony fretboard, and a quilted top. Most came in honeyburst but some were also made in cherry sunburst. The truss rod cover is inscribed with "Heritage Series Standard 80 Elite".