From Vintage Guitar magazine, May 1998, Eric Shoaf's definitive article on the evolution of the Les Paul Classic -
"Late in the decade, Gibson's head of research and development, J.T. Riboloff, designed a reissue Les Paul based on the popular and collectible 1960 model. The key difference between this guitar and other Les Pauls in production at the time was the slim neck profile. In addition, Riboloff added other features to make the instrument faithful to the original such as a narrow headstock, thin cutaway binding, aged fingerboard inlays, inked-on serial number, nickel hardware, vintage-style logo and aged binding on body and neck.”
The Classic was introduced in 1990 with a retail price of US$1,529. The Les Paul Standard at the time cost US$1,169. The Classic's higher price was justified by its reissue-yet-modern vibe and superior figured maple tops.
From Gibson 2017 –
“For 2017, one of the most popular Les Paul models of all time makes a triumphant return. Originally designed for the more modern leaning player, the Les Paul Classic features an ultra comfortable, super fast slim profile, reminiscent of the classic neck shape typically associated with the 60s. The Les Paul Classic has been known for it's lean and mean temperament, and the legacy continues with two zebra coil 57 Classic and 57 Classic + pickups for a vintage inspired tone that's simply addicting to play. Now available in the 2017 Gibson line up, the Les Paul Classic returns with a mighty roar.”
Top: Carved top in sunburst gloss lacquer finish
Body: One piece mahogany.
Neck Profile: '60 Slim C
Scale length: 24-3/4"
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Frets: 22 medium jumbo
Nut width: 1.69"
Bridge: ABR bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners: Grover tuners with kidney buttons
Pickups: Gibson 57 Classic Zebra Coil humbucking pickups
Electronics: 2 volume 2 tone; 3-way toggle pickup selector
Knobs: Gold Gibson speed knobs x 4
Pickguard: Period correct cream
This Classic has a very nice, almost iridescent Vintage Sunburst finish, and incorporates the features desirable in these guitars, including the narrow headstock, “Classic” inscribed truss rod cover, thin binding in the cutaway, the non-green inlays and cream pickguard.
This LP is super clean and appears to have been very lightly used. A factory sticker is still in place on the pickguard. There are absolutely no marks on the top. There are a couple of tiny dents on the rear of the neck and some very light buckle rash that can hardly be seen.
No tarnishing of the metal parts and structurally sound all over. Neck is solid and straight, truss rod works perfectly, tuners solid. The rosewood fingerboard has no marks and the frets show virtually no wear.
It plays beautifully & sounds like a good Les Paul should. The slim 1960 style neck profile is well suited to you guys & girls who don’t have huge hands. This is an excellent LP in great condition, with some distinctive features at way less than Custom Shop price.
Comes in its original Gibson brown hard case in excellent condition.
Video Demo here - https://youtu.be/neGj9VffZno