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Unread 02-25-2007, 01:57 AM   #1
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The Best Les Paul

I'm looking into getting a Gibson les paul, I just now started to save up, so it might be a little while. But anyway, I want to know what, in your opinion, is the best Gibson les paul for under $2000 new or used.

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Unread 02-25-2007, 07:31 AM   #2
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For me it would be a Gibson Studio Premium Plus. It's got the flamed maple top but without all the other frills. Not like those frills are bad though. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tar?sku=517372
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Unread 02-25-2007, 09:05 AM   #3
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You can get used Historic 57 for around $2000 if you are patient.
Also Many members on TGP forum and Harmony-central are raving about the Edwards Japanese Les Paul which can be had for under $1000 new.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 10:29 AM   #4
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For me, I'm happy with my Heritage H-157. It's a US made guitar similar to the Gibson LP Custom for about 1/3 the price of the Custom. Check them out. They are made by the same guys who made them for Gibson in Kalamazoo before Gibson moved their manufacturing to Nashville. Some of them have been making these guitars for about 40 years, 21 of which have been under their own company.

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Unread 02-25-2007, 12:37 PM   #5
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You can get used Historic 57 for around $2000 if you are patient.
Ding ding!!! If you can, hold out for a used R7. They are out there, and will retain their value more than a Studio, or Standard.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 01:34 PM   #6
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hopeful, whenever you post pictures of your guitar...just floored. I recently got an epiphone les paul NOS limited edition that looks sort of like yours, transparent black/almost bluish burst...but im craving for some double binding haha!
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Are you completely set on a Gibby LP? They're QC is dying these days, so if you're going to drop a few G's on a new Gibby, I'd definitely play it before buying. Have you thought about any other brands? (PRS?)
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Why you wanna spend 2000? Just get a used Les Paul Studio for about 600-800 used. Save you money man. Really the models above the Studio are that that much different from the Studio.
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Wait and see what you can find on ebay. Check into the PRS singlecuts too (better QC).
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I love my Double Cut, but honestly, I wouldn't have spent $1500+ of my money for it. I would rather get a Carvin spec'd out exactly how I wanted it for the money.
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Wait and see what you can find on ebay.
Be careful buying a LP on Ebay. There are tons of Fake Les Pauls on Ebay with Gibson on the headstock. Most of the time they are pretty easy to spot........if you know what to look for
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I'm a heavy LP guy, so I love all of them to death. But some of the best ones aren't neccesarily the expensive ones. For instance; The Vintage Mahogany Les Paul fo $799, I think is a top notch guitar, and worth spending that money. It compares to the Gibson Custom field (in my opinnion). Same as the Gibson Les Paul Studio $1199.

If you want to go expensive look at the Custom line; I really like the Gibson Historic VOS 1958 Model. Seriously though, just go to a guitar store and start playing a bunch of Gibson's, you totally might a different feel than we do.

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If I was going to spend close to $2000 on a genuine Les Paul then I'd look only at either a used Standard or a new Deluxe or Classic. I'm a sucker for cream binding.

Take it from a 25 year Les Paul owner; no substitutes will do.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 05:20 PM   #14
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I used to work at Gibson's Custom Shop and for the money you can't beat the R7. If you're looking for something to hold on to and drop that kind of money on, don't settle for one of the USA models (studio, standard, etc) Just my 2cents.
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I love my Double Cut, but honestly, I wouldn't have spent $1500+ of my money for it. I would rather get a Carvin spec'd out exactly how I wanted it for the money.
Now there's a suggestion!!

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Be careful buying a LP on Ebay. There are tons of Fake Les Pauls on Ebay with Gibson on the headstock. Most of the time they are pretty easy to spot........if you know what to look for
Indeed.
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