I agree 100%. The vintage LS-80 will compete & is IMO an excellent alternative to the LS-120.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.
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.