#1
I was checking out some guitars when I came across the following:

1988 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty LEFTY
Outstanding shape (not a scratch, ding, blem, anything)
Comes with original hard case (also in great condition)

$2000

It pretty much looks exactly like this one, with the exception of being a Lefty:
87 Les Paul Black Beauty on Ebay

I've got a friend, who is a Luthier, that can inspect it for me before I buy it.

Should I pull the trigger? My wife thinks I'm insane
#2
I'd do it, don't listen to your wife. I believe new LP Customs (not sure about Black Beauties though) cost over $2500, so go for it, especially if it's in great shape.

But that's just my advice, do as you please .
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