I ended up trading a 1963 Fender Bassman amp and speaker cabinet that I had intended to sell at the 1999 Guitar Show in Dallas for this brand new Les Paul Custom Elegant. At the show, the Gibson dealer was chomping at the bit for my Bassman and was offering ANY guitar in the booth, so I traded for it because it's the prettiest Les Paul I've ever seen!I never intended on playing it but within a year of getting it I actually took it to a gig and played it. But I brought it back to my recording studio and hid it away until now. I've finally decided to sell it. 2016 I got curious about the serial number and called Gibson to ask about it. Turns out, the guitar is a 1998 Custom Shop Elegant.
I always thought it was a 1999 issue. There is a 1958 reissue Les Paul with the same serial number.I was told that they used the same number for both guitars. The serial number is Black and printed under the clear finish and not stamped into the wood, which was the reason I called Gibson about it. The item "1998 Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul Elegant clear finish plus case" is in sale since Friday, March 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "guitarman222" and is located in Odessa, Texas. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.