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  • Which Les Paul Should I Get?

    I feel it's time to buy my first Gibson

    Which Les Paul is going to give me the absolute thickest, most crushing tone that will sustain for days and play like butter?
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    they all sound pretty similar. Save for the Les Paul Studio with the solid mahogany top, all Gibson LPs use the same wood for construction. Pickups vary, but for the most part they'll all get you that crushing tone that will sustain for days and play like butter.
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      • #4
        they all sound pretty similar. Save for the Les Paul Studio with the solid mahogany top, all Gibson LPs use the same wood for construction. Pickups vary, but for the most part they'll all get you that crushing tone that will sustain for days and play like butter.


        Even though its way out of my price range, how does a Custom compare to a Studio? And would it be better to go with an ebony or rosewood fretboard?
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        • #5
          An ebony fretboard generally gives a very, very slight increase in the brightness, but many people report that they don't hear this.

          If I were in the market for another LP I would be looking at buying a LPTraditional. Ice Tea colour

          It has a '57 Classic Plus pickups and a plek job on the frets as standard.


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          • #6
            I feel it's time to buy my first Gibson

            Which Les Paul is going to give me the absolute thickest, most crushing tone that will sustain for days and play like butter?


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            • #7
              Les Paul Standard, Classic, or Custom, the first two with Rosewood boards have a little sweeter tone, IMHO.

              I'd get a Studio as a last resort.
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              • #8
                raw power les paul. sustains forever
                Originally Posted by HanSolo


                Put a 24 fret neck on a Les Paul with a Jack Bauer signature and call it ... "the 24". Yeah baby.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, avoid the studio & make sure it's got a bound neck - the binding brings neck comfort to another level...!!!!

                  Go & try some!
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                  • #10
                    If new, a Traditional. Just make sure you like the 50s neck. The Traditional is not chambered like the new standard. If used, get a early 90s Standard or Custom. I have had a few 80s and played a few 70s models. The 90s are more consistent, although if you find a good early 80s model they can be sweet.

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                    • #11
                      ^^^

                      Good point there from 996.

                      The 2 neck profiles that Gibson use are very different.

                      You would need to try out both the 50's 'thick' neck and the 60's 'slim taper' neck and see what one suits you best.

                      Personally I prefer the 60's slim taper neck, but it's all down to the individual preference.
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                      • #12
                        If it were me doing this all over again and getting my first les paul, i would do it the same way and go for a used LP Custom. they are seriously bad-ass guitars, and you can save a bunch by going used.
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                        • #13
                          I also prefer the 60s neck. Here an Iced tea Traditional for ya.

                          An ebony fretboard generally gives a very, very slight increase in the brightness, but many people report that they don't hear this.

                          If I were in the market for another LP I would be looking at buying a LPTraditional. Ice Tea colour

                          It has a '57 Classic Plus pickups and a plek job on the frets as standard.


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                          • #14
                            lpc with maple neck and ebony fret board. my favourite combo.
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                            • #15
                              the only Les Paul i'd consider is the '08 Standard.
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