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  • Gibson LP Standard vs. Duesenberg vs. White Penguin

    Allright. Christmas almost here, and I've been saving for that dream of mine!
    Its gonna be on of these three, but I reall cant decide!!

    1.) Les Paul Standard/Supreme/Historic

    2.) Duesenberg Starplayer TV (Has a nice tremolo)

    3.) Gretsch White Penguin LTV Bigsby

    I want some opinions on this. The White Penguin has always been my dream, and I could track down one with the TV Jones humbuckers and Bigsby close to my place. The Duesenberg is the most affordable, but I've saved enough for any of the three.

    The Gretsch and Duesenberg have a tremolo, the LP naturally doesnt. The Duesenberg and Penguin are semi hollow.

    I definitely want a humbucker guitar, so all three fulfill that criteria, because I only have a strat and tele with single coils so far.
    I'm not sure if the White Penguin is such a versatile instrument as the duesenberg or the les paul, so thats whats holding me back.

    I play through a modded bassman or a marshall 1987 usually. Also, I'm wondering how twangy the White Penguin is. I've only heard it recorded, but never played. I like some twang but my tele sometimes just bites too hard.
    Maybe I'll just go try all three and decide then? But I must sort of make a ranking first.

    Which one of the LP would you prefer? Standard, Supreme, Historic? Why?


    What do you think in terms of versatility?




  • #2
    If Gibson go for the Historic over the three listed.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your opinion! Can you explain why you think so?

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      • #4
        I'd go for the White Penguin - it's always been a dream guitar of mine as well. However, I've never played or even heard one, but it's such a cool looking and unique guitar that I find it incredibly appealing. Nothing wrong with a Les Paul - I have one myself. But so does everybody else. Between the guitars you've listed, that would be my last choice. I'm not as familiar with the Duesenberg, but it looks really nice in in the pic. I would want to explore that one a bit more before making a decision.

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        • #5
          I think once i get to the store I will also try out a gretsch duo jet with bigsby...Another 3 weeks time to think about it

          Check out the Duesenberg, theyre German made (I am German) guitars:
          http://www.duesenberg.de/
          Some nice sound samples of the Starplayer TV on the site. That first neck pickup sample sounds extremely cool.

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          • #6
            Thanks for your opinion! Can you explain why you think so?


            Premium wood, more hand crafting etc. You can get a nice R7 or R8 used for around $2K and R9s for $3K. All are solid bodies and weigh in on average between 8 and 9 lbs non-weight relieved. They are made in different facilities too.

            Now that doesn't mean non-Historic Gibsons are bad, just the Historics get the better wood and finer detail of finishing. Also they are more vintage correct. Long neck tenon, angle of neck to body etc.

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            • #7
              I'd check out the Johnny A. sig
              http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CSJASSGBG/
              HCGB Trooper #315

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              • #8
                I'd check out the Johnny A. sig
                http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CSJASSGBG/


                Another very good choice.

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                • #9
                  That one is out of my price range... And I tihnk its also a bit bigger! I'm not too big of a guy

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                  • #10
                    I saw Buddy Miller playing with Robert Plant recently. He was playing a black penguin quite a bit through some Swart amps. That was easily the sweetest sounding rig I've ever heard in my life.

                    Of course, Buddy might have had something to do with that.
                    Honestly, though, he played several other guitars that night through the same amps. The Gretsch put em all to shame.


                    EG
                    We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                    • #11
                      I guess I can only decide once I've tried them all.

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                      • #12
                        That one is out of my price range... And I tihnk its also a bit bigger! I'm not too big of a guy


                        Look used and the Johnny A actually is fairly small body. Between a Les Paul and a 335.

                        How much do you have to spend? That really determines it. I've seen Johnny A's used for around $2500.

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                        • #13
                          That is within my price range, but I live in Germany and the used market isnt so big for e-guitars here. I will have to drive 3 hours to the shop of the penguin.

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                          • #14
                            I guess I can only decide once I've tried them all.


                            That would be the smart thing.

                            EG
                            We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                            • #15
                              What about the Duesenberg Mike Cambell signature model? I think that would be at the very top of my list.

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