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#1 User is offline   Greg Curtis 

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 05:27 AM

Went to GC yesterday & played every Les Paul I could find. They all sounded & felt great & a few really talked to me. I played a:
Les Paul Studio
Les Paul Traditional & Plus
Les Paul Standard & Plus
Can't make up my mind between the bunch. The guitar in my avatar isn't mine but a color I love. I guess I'm asking which one would you consider the best value for the money in the long run. Budget isn't a problem but I don't want to go over about $3500 just for practicality. Thanks in advance guys.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 05:48 AM

Wich one felt the best?
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:03 AM

Call Saul at Cenre City Music in San Diego.

For 2800 you can get a Historic.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:16 AM

Great advice from AXE, you may be able to get a nice R8.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:36 AM

Saul returns all duds.

Then they go to Guitar Denter.[thumbup]
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 07:51 AM

Ohh diss!
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 08:59 AM

You can get a used '59 reissue for $3,500.
Definitely play a few reissues...'57, '58, whatever...before you buy anything.

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I guess I'm asking which one would you consider the best value for the money in the long run.

Long term, I'd say a reissue of some sort.
If the wood used on these is in fact getting scarce, they may be desirable some day.

Short term, I'd say none. You'll loose somewhere between 40% - 60%.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:42 AM

Thanks guys for your advice. Seems like the Historics have a lot of love here. I'll definitely check some of your isuggestions out. I have one more question. Is there a big difference between the 50's & 60's style neck. I have short fingers so I'm more inclined to go with a thinner neck for playability & comfort. Whats your ideas on this.
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#9 User is offline   Tim Plains 

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:51 AM

A Gibson USA 50s neck is a lot different than a Custom Shop 50s neck.
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#10 User is offline   Greg Curtis 

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 09:47 AM

Thanks much Are Nine!
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#11 User is offline   Bradmeister 

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:03 PM

+1 on Axe's comment. He's usually right. Can't go wrong with an R8. If you must that figured top, look for a used R9... You *won't* regret it.

At one of my local stores, there is an R8 with a flamed top on it. Apparently, it was a "mistake," but the price is the R8 price. Go figure.....

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:04 PM

BTW: that local store is not GC.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:14 PM

How long have you been playing and how serious are you? Spending over a grand for a beginner (and I'm not suggesting you're a beginner) is a huge mistake.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:21 PM

Been playing for about 30 yrs now since I've been about 15 yrs old.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:36 PM

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Been playing for about 30 yrs now since I've been about 15 yrs old.



If that's the case, you certainly deserve to buy a guitar that is really special and you are definately gonna appreciate what you hold, from every aspect.

You say that money is not an object. That is what confuses me. I try to figure what I should buy in your place and I really don't know. An R9 most probably. Or a Custom. If you love Silverburst, why not to try find a Custom Silverburst, just like Are Nine has one (really breathtaking...)?

Buy the best you can afford. Oh, and the one that you will fall in love with...

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 03:01 AM

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Call Saul at Cenre City Music in San Diego.

For 2800 you can get a Historic.



Hey I been there!!
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 03:17 AM

just checked their web site.. it sucks.. guess you have to phone and call them
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 07:27 AM

Playin' for 30 years, y not buy your dream Paul now? With the ones you listed, I'd go with the Standard Plus, but then again think that one is priced at about $2700 now. You could shoot higher though...
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 09:23 AM

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Cenre City Music in San Diego.




one thing to remember when buying a guitar over the internet is you really dont know what you are going to get.

these things are mostly hand made and there are differences in the same model line. they hand build these within tolerances but i had 2 09 traditionals that play and feel completely different. different weight and different neck widths and different playability.

i ended up selling the one from ccm and got what i paid for it. the one i kept was bought locally and i really fell in love with it.

ccm will probably give you the best deal but i was happy to pay just a few hundred more to have played my other lp. you can negotiate on high end guitars with most local dealers. if they dont want to deal then go to the next store. they all have room on 2k-3k guitars.

just food for thought if buying over the internet.
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