06-26-2013 04:31 AM - edited 06-26-2013 04:34 AM
I am planning to buy a brand new Gibson Les Paul next month. I was thinking of getting either a Gibson Les Paul Traditional, or a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II or a Gibson Les Paul Signature T. Then, last weekend I thought it could be better to try to force my budget for a Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013. But when I looked around, I realized there are only a few reviews on Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013. In some of the few reviews I found at Musiciansfriend, Premier Guitar and the own web page of Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013 (and even the Gibson's own forum), I noticed there are a number of recurring complaints about this model. The users complained about poor craftmanship, poor quality assembly and tuning instabilities. I don't know... I am confused.
Any reviews or ideas on Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013?
Or do I have to purchase one of the other guitars?
06-26-2013 04:56 AM
06-26-2013 07:29 AM
Buy your guitar from Sweetwater. Sweetwater inspects and sets up all guitars before shipping, so you’re not likely to get one of Henry’s lemons. Wildwood Guitars is also known for inspecting their stock and not selling the junk.
06-26-2013 09:45 PM
I am going to buy this guitar from Thomann, Germany, myself, in person. As far as I know, they have a good reputation as a music store. Surely I am going to inspect the guitar I am going to buy. I am afraid if I may miss some bad things while buying, since that is an expensive instrument. (I remember that I missed a binding-error and some fret problems when I bought my brand new Epiphone.) Hopefully a sales assistant helps as well.
Nowadays, the guitars became like homemade-custom computers, in which there are many different qualities in a small range of the same model of guitars. You know, the Traditionals, Trad Pros, Signature Ts, Standard Premiums, and (normal) Standards are in fact all different versions of upper-range Les Paul Standards, with some differences and add-ons. I want to learn if those Standards worth that price?
06-26-2013 10:19 PM