Gibson Les Paul Artist 1980 Sunburst

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  • $1,475$2,640

The Les Paul Artist was a unique take on the classic design, employing a second Moog circuit with active electronics. It included three mini-toggle switches for compression, expansion, and brightness, allowing you to shape the guitar's tone to be more "Fender-esque" or classic Les Paul. Fireburst and Ebony finishes become optional in 1980. Less than 500 of these were made in their brief two-year production run out of Nashville.

Years of Production: 1979 - 1981

Body Style: Solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body and neck, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: Active Moog circuit board with controls for compression, expansion and brightness, TP-6 tunable stop tailpiece, "scarfed" cutaway back.


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