This design continued until 1963 but continued as a separate guitar, when the traditional single cutaway, carved top bodystyle was re-introduced.
The Les Paul has been continually produced in countless versions and editions since.
The serial number consists of a letter and six digits.
The letter represents the month of manufacture; the next two digits are the year of manufacture: the remaining five digits have an unknown meaning, if any.
For example a guitar manufactured in 1981 would start out with the numbers "81" and if it was made in in 1985 it would start of with "85".
I can remember a period in the late 90's when they were overpriced a little.But they redid their pricing and came back to the market with some great deals.While dating the appearance and disappearance of various models is not always precise, fixing the date of individual instruments has for the most part been a breeze since around 1975 or 1976 when a very logical serial number sequence was implemented.Subsequently, Mc Carty claimed that design discussions with Les Paul were limited to the tailpiece and the fitting of a maple cap over the mahogany body for increased density and sustain, which Les Paul had requested reversed.
However, this reversal would have caused the guitar to become too heavy, and Paul's request was refused.Paul states that the original Custom should have had the maple cap and the Goldtop was to be all mahogany.