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  1. I have two Les Pauls and they are very different from each other. My DC Standard (not included in this poll')is very light and has a Slim neck. It has good 57 pups that Sound great in this guitar. My newly acquired Kossoff aged LP had a heavily reliced back of neck that I couldn't get used to so i sanded, oiled and waxed the back of the neck. feels great now. It's a baseball bat kind of neck. It's agreat LP. So I voted "historic" since it is basically a 59 recreation.


  2. First, you probably know that Pacificas range from decent beginner guitars to world class custom shop instruments. (though the world equates Pacificas with the 112).

    I have once posted an opinion on this question having some hands-on experience with the different model pacificas. The best ones being long discontinued so you'd have to search the used market for those.


    Ratae is right: this is no direct comparision so this refers to quality and reliability (not configuration) so here is my take:


    012 = squier

    112 = mexican Standard (or Classic Player) it starts getting giggable from here.

    212 = a cosmetically improved 112

    311 = only a guess as I never tried one: Quality like a 112? but with interesting configuration.

    612 or 604 = American Standard with improved QC

    611: a big hit for Yamaha, great configuration with superb quality. check that one out!

    812 (HSS) or 821 (shredder)= American Standard made on a really good day by employees in a really good mood.

    904 = I'd call this one custom shop quality. Made in Japan with some U.S. parts (warmoth coumpound radius neck, Sperzel tuners, etc.) . Stratiest of all Pacificas. And, of course, it is discontinued...

    Mike Stern sig = in the same ballpark quality wise as the 904 (in spite of high numbering 1511) but as a tele model.

    912, 921= Shredder guitar on par with Ibanez Jem but different.

    1200 series = custom shop quality. very rare floyd equipped.

    1421 = HSH version of the 1412 but with simpler cosmetics and not chambered.

    1412 = USA designed by Rich Lasner. Highest ever of all pacificas (if you exclude some crazy one-off custom shop examplars) A neck-through with complicated hollow body construction and highly figured carved maple top that costed so much to build, Yamaha discontinued them after only a couple of years. At $2,200 in 1990, it was one of the most expensive production guitars out there at the time. Not sure what to compare them to. With only 250 or so in existence, finding one for sale is unlikely though it happens once in a blue moon..


    I might say that the build quality is consistently appropriate through the range but the hardware and electronics start being better around the 600 series. Some Folks buy a lower end pacifica for the good neck and stability and then "pimp'" them with better pups and electronics to get a very decent guitar for less money.

  3. acoustic guitars are cool. i want a high quality one like a gibson' date=' taylor, or martin or whatever. but i'd want one in the future. its nice to have one beside your bed and you can strum on it once in a while. lol.[/quote']


    Before you decide you want a Gibson Martin or Taylor, think of your budget because big names are especially bad for the money in their lower priced intruments. I tried a Martin in the $1000 range and they suck! ($3000 Martins and Taylors are good...). I'm guessing you'd rather not have Yamaha on the headstock so don't try those...

  4. First , if I may say, a 90's Les Paul is not "vintage". The guy asking for $2500 for what is in essence a used mass produced guitar is trying to cash on the "iconic" status of Les Pauls. Now it may happen that this particular guitar is stellar '(Gibson sometimes put out gems if they are not build on a Friday). Only you can judge that after trying that one. You have the advantage of being an experienced player and can judge if it's worth the cash. But I find that money is not the issue. when the money is gone it's gone anyway but remember that you'll be stuck more or less what that guitar once you made that decision and having the cash now means you could have gotten something better maybe.


    My gut feeling from your post is get a new one, think of the fuel of your car as part of the cost of the guitar. Drive to a HUGE mega Music store and try a BUNCH of new ones. Of the 25 + LP's they have on stock, that gem of yours is there somewhere.. Be the first owner, do all the relicing yourself. Have fun!

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  5. Prague is an incredibly beautiful place. Enjoy your trip!


    Your case is great looking and seems up to the task!


    I have a thing for cases myself. Love a good sturdy case. smile.png I have three custom made Calton cases (from Canada). Two for my beloved acoustics (the dark brown and the grey one) and the third (blue) now fitted for my Pacifica 1412. I also have a suede leather covered luxurious case for my PRS Modern Eagle but that's a little over the top for my taste.



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