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Arbor Les Paul Copy
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Submitted: September 12th, 2017
by derb0t2099
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Sound Quality
So I got this guitar as a gift from a friend of mine who knew nothing about it.  Apparently one of his previous tenants used it as rent at some point... But for a Les Paul copy (second I've owned) this is actually not bad.  The pickups that I got weren't the original, the previous owner spent some coin to get the DiMarzio Petrucci pickup set installed on this thing and Holy Hell does it scream!  It's a screaming rock machine, notes ring on forever, the electronics are shitty though, so there is crackling when volume and tone nobs are adjusted.
Reliability/Durability
So the wood and guitar itself is super sturdy.  However the cheap parts make playing this thing live a bit of an issues, specifically in keeping in tune, also I've broken a few strings while live on this thing, and that usually indicates a few not so good things about the hardware put into place, so I'd recommend replacing the nut, bridge and tuners asap.  Other than that, it's a solid instrument.
Price/Value
So I played this thing out along with a Friends 2010 Gibson Les Paul Traditional.  And play ability wise they feel SUPER similar.  The Arbor I have has a thinner 60 style neck but the feel, weight, fret work and play ability are VERY close to my buddies real Les Paul.  I used it for quite a few sets and it really does play and sound great (at least the one I have).  This past weekend I played a set with this and a set with my buddies Les Paul Traditional, the play ability as I mentioned is super similar.  I see these guys being sold on eBay and reverb for around 200 dollars or less, and honestly it's kind of a steel.  Especially if you want to do mods to this guitar.  I've done some digging and looked up more specifics on the Arbor Les Paul Copy.  Apparently it's a Chinese made Instrument made around the 80's, body is made from a Mahogany that's "Industrial" meaning they use it for furniture and boats and stuff.  Not exactly a tone wood, however it gets the job done.  Same with the maple top and neck, they are both industrial woods used as mentioned above.  They are well made I have to say, the binding is pretty good, the fret work on mine doesn't have any sharp or protruding edges.  For what you can get these things for used it's a hell of a bargain.  I'd recommend a few upgrades though, specifically caps, wiring, pickups, nut, bridge and tuners.  You can make this guy a REAL killer of an instrument if you put in the work.  It's the best Fix'r Up'er I've played and I've played quite a few.
General Comments
With some upgrades and a little work, you can make this guitar sing!
Reviewer's Background
I play actively in a professional worship band.  Meaning, pro equipment, isolation cabinets for the amps (mine being a Vox AC30), in ear monitors with pro audio software, super expensive PA system, light show, fog machine you name it.  I play at least 2 times a month on stage, around 6 to 8 5 song sets.  Our band plays modern worship meaning yes we do use overdrive, distortion, delays, reverbs, modulation etc. very often.  Have been a semi-professional gigging guitarist for over 10 years.  I know the ins and outs and what gear should do in a live scenario
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