Gibson dating les paul
Slash is probably one of the most famous Les Paul players in rock.He has a huge collection of Les Pauls, but his best known and best loved is actually a 1959 replica built by Kris Derrig.Your guitar appears to be a Les Paul Custom copy that Ibanez labeled Model 2391.According to the serial number, it was built in November 1977, which is considered a transitional period.However, the most notable difference between this guitar and a real Gibson is the bolt-on neck.
In 1977, Gibson sued the Elger Company (the distributor of Ibanez instruments in the U. at the time) and demanded they stop producing copies of their instruments, specifically their headstocks.
While most readers understand what a “lawsuit era” guitar refers to, others may not and I’ll try to summarize the term.
In the early 1970s, American guitar manufacturers (particularly Gibson, Fender, and Martin) were experiencing a steady decline in production quality while more Japanese- built guitars were showing up in the American market.
Japanese-built guitars that are copies of American designs before the Gibson lawsuit are commonly referred to as “lawsuit era” guitars today.
Ibanez was certainly guilty of copying Gibson, Fender, and Martin models, among others, but they were also one of the most proactive companies when it came to introducing original designs.