Here at CME, we have the honor and privilege of curating and playing many amazing instruments. Every so often though, something comes along that stops us all in our tracks and leaves us speechless. That's exactly what happened when we first opened up the brown Stone case and laid our eyes on the absolutely stunning top on this incredible Burst that we're ironically calling "scarface". It earned that nickname because a previous owner (who undoubtedly was a Jimmy Page fan) decided to add an onboard fuzz circuit to the underside of the pickguard which was bulky enough that it required the removal of a small portion of the top in order for it to fit. Fortunately, in July of 1988, a very skilled luthier did a tremendous job of reverting the beauty back as close to its original cosmetic condition as possible by placing a piece of maple which matched the surrounding grain very well into where it was once removed. This repair is completely invisible under the pickguard. No photograph really does justice to the figured top of this guitar, although it does look great in the popular book "Beauty of the 'Burst".

Equally as impressive as this guitar's gorgeous looks are its effortless playability, the impressive resonance of the aged woods, and the astounding sound of the PAF pickups through a good tube amp. It's no wonder why this guitar has become the "standard" that so many builders have based their solid body models on. It's also no surprise that this year and model instrument was used by seminal artists on timeless recordings such as "Blues Breakers" with Eric Clapton.


Beautifully flamed maple top on Honduran mahogany body

• One piece Honduran mahogany neck with a medium-round profile, 1 11/16” wide nut, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 12” radius, and trapezoid inlays

• Kluson Deluxe tuners, two PAF humbuckers (Rated at 8.3k ohms in the neck and 8.5k ohms in the bridge), three-way pickup selector switch, independent volume and tone controls. (All original. Although all solder joints look original and have aged the same we assume that a couple were touched up at some point because the guitar was played and had on board effects at some point. Original pots, black beauty caps, jack, switch, wiring, and PAF Pickups with unmolested stickers and covers.)

• All original except for small area of very old touchup on small headstock wing repair and small area under guard where "Jimmy Page mod" was done by original owner.

• This is an absolutely killer "burst" with a gorgeous 3D-like figured maple top that plays and sounds amazing. There is a faint “made in USA” in very small font above the serial number, indicative that this guitar was originally made for international sale. It is lightweight and has a well balanced feel. The finish looks great with only some minor dings and dents, and light scratches, on the top wood. There are some dents and blemishes around the sides but no structural damage to be found. The back of the body also has some average wear for its age including some light buckle rash that has resulted in some small dings and one small chip in the middle of the body. The neck has lost some of it’s gloss near the headstock and heel but the rest of it is mostly clean and glossy with hardly a mark on it. The headstock has some checking lines at the bottom as well as a repaired crack along the treble wing. Beside some minor dings and chips around the edges it looks stunning. This is a truly gorgeous "Burst"!

• The strings are low, play incredible, and ring out clearly across the board without buzzing nor fretting out.

• Small chip on headstock treble wing was reglued at some point. Guitar had a route under the pickguard with on-board effects at some point which was professionally filled in and capped with a flamed piece of maple that matched the surrounding original maple top very well. The original tuner tips disintegrated and were replaced with high end Uncle Lou tuner tips, however all other nickel components are original. The guitar was professionally refretted with era correct sized wire.

• 8lbs 8oz

• Original Stone Case Company 5-latch brown hardshell case w//pink interior

Product Specs

Excellent (Used)
Les Paul Standard "Burst"
Solid Body
Made In:
United States


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Chicago Music Exchange
Joined Oct 2012
Chicago, IL, United States


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Available for local pickup from Chicago, IL

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- We ship most orders out the SAME DAY after payment has been approved. Exceptions to this include guitars or amps that require more involved setups and inspections.

- All packages are fully insured at no additional charge. Your instrument will be shipped using the highest level of industry-standard packing materials, in every attempt to make sure it arrives in ready-to-play condition. We will notify you prior to shipping your instrument if additional steps need to be taken in the packing process.

- Our shipping team works closely with the CME Repair Shop and our vintage experts to inspect and pack every instrument with the utmost care. These folks know what it takes to keep an instrument protected. As musicians ourselves, we know how important it is that you receive your CME package in perfect condition.

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- If you order contains Rosewood, or any other CITES restricted woods, your shipment might be delayed due to Customs processing standards that CME is subject to as the shipper.

- Most of our preset shipping rates are for USPS International Service. USPS is typically less expensive than UPS, but their international tracking system is not as accurate. Arrival times may vary from country to country. Some large items such as bass guitars, drum kits, amplifiers, and speaker cabinets may not be eligible for shipping to all countries via USPS and/or UPS. Some brands cannot be shipped internationally due to manufacturer restrictions. Feel free to message us with any questions.

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This product can be returned within 3 days of receipt.

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Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.


Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges.

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- New Items: Most new, untouched, unopened items may be returned within 30 days of the date of delivery for a full refund, less outbound shipping costs. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs, unless return is a result of incorrect shipment or defective item. Chicago Music Exchange reserves the right to refuse any return if item is not in new, untouched, or unopened condition. - Vintage & Used items: Most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days from the date of delivery. Our unique and comprehensive quality certification process allows us to stand behind every vintage and used instrument we sell with the utmost confidence. If you are not satisfied, please contact us immediately as we must evaluate all vintage and used returns on a case by case basis. All vintage and used refunds may be subject to a small 5% restocking fee, as well as original outbound shipping costs. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless return is a result of incorrect shipment. - Some products are not returnable under any circumstances such as amplifier tubes, instrument pickups, guitar & bass string, drum heads, drum sticks, software, books, earbuds, earplugs, microphones, harmonicas as well as any other products designed to come in contact with the mouth or ears due to sanitary concerns. - We strive to process all refunds within 1 to 3 business days of the return been received at our location. The time it takes for the refund to post to your account could vary based upon your bank's processing times. If you have any questions or need assistance, please message us.

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Chicago Music Exchange

Chicago, IL, United States
Joined: Oct 2012

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