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Post by guitar hiro » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:35 am

brokentoes wrote:I'm not exactly local to you as i'm in another country. For you i would mean something already in the U.S., no crossing borders etc..If you don't have to have a flame top model a vintage LS80 should do pretty much anyone and some LS80's do have killer flame tops. I think the rarity of the LS120's play a part in the pricing. Sourcing a quality vintage LS80 in the U.S. should only probably run at most $1500, if you want one tomorrow you'd have to pay more obviously. Guitars are cheaper in the U.S. and the market can only bear what it can bear and actual Gibson's can be had for cheaper than the rest of the world. In Canada i got my '81 LS120 for cheaper than a used lower end Gibson.. i paid 5X less than a comparable model Gibson. It was a no brainer.

$1500 - $1800 U.S. will buy yourself into a hell of a good Vintage MIJ Guitar. I'd figure out your EXACT requirements for what you prefer and then narrow things down by brand. You can afford to be choosy.
I agree 100%. The vintage LS-80 will compete & is IMO an excellent alternative to the LS-120.
For all intents & purposes they are basically the same guitar.
I would actually rather have the LS-80 between the two :) and have owned both.

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Post by villager » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:04 pm

they are the same except for pickups, but a solid topped 120 is a rare beast ..

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Post by Perfect_liberty » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:10 am

Thanks for all the replies. I've received some very good info here!

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Post by guitar hiro » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:01 pm

you will have to show us what you ended up with :wink:

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Post by Harima_San » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:20 am

I would prefer to not buy one with a veneer but I'm trying to stay below $2k
This is the price of a very recent LS200-ish model.

Just got for a quick checks on the RS website, they sell a LS212 VF, with solid flamed top (absolutely magnificent expemplary). You have the long tenon, top notch electronics and hardware. Price is 1'500 $. There is just no reason why to go vintage if best guitar for the bucks is one of your concerns.

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