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AlanH last won the day on May 8 2012

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  1. If you can only have one I'd go for a Humbucker equipped LP with coil splitting options. The coil split sound isn't exactly P90 territory but a split HB does sound great on LP for a gritty blues tone, especially on the neck pickup. I'm not sure a Trad will give you that option though. Why not save a bit more for a Standard and get a flamier top and more bells and whistles... I voted HCS Trad BTW but it was about 51 to 49 against the honeyburst Trad.
  2. I also have LP '50s Tribute (2011) and a DSL40C. You are going to love that pairing. Great price too. Congrats.
  3. Stunning! Now GASing for a goldtop trib
  4. I'm not so sure Mr Young Jr would say his SG is muddy..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXbMB9R5-0
  5. I'd be very tempted by a chambered Studio with a flame maple top....
  6. Beautiful top. Well done!
  7. I have a first run 'Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute Humbuckers' from 2011. It has a pre-seizure rosewood board, a two piece light back and is chambered. I find this guitar more ergonomically comfortable than my SG Special Faded because of its light weight and thin Studio body, whereas the SG seems more like a flat slab, albeit light. The SG does, of course, have the better upper fret access. I really feel I can throw my Studio round (not that I do) because the chambering makes it incredibly light. You also get a snappier sound akin to the top end bite that SGs give you but the LP warmth and fatness is still there. The SG has the faster of the two necks but it does suffer the odd bit of tuning instability with that long neck. I always seem to have to retune it when I get it back out. If you haven't already done so Charlie, do try a chambered LP.
  8. I think the OP would call 10 pages and counting "a result".
  9. I own three Gibson's which I've had from new, all mail ordered unseen- an '07 SG Special Faded, an '11 LP '50s Tribute HB and a '14 LP Signature. All have been flawless, resonant and play fantastically well.
  10. This is what I know about Gibson USA... -They're made in the USA on a production line, regardless of model across the range. Yes there are hand finished elements such as the rear profile of the necks making each '50s or'60s neck feel ever so slightly different to the player but they are all made to the same standard. What tend to differ are woods and processes used -Gibson are fairly unique amongst guitar makers in that they use nitrocellulose lacquer to finish their guitars -You pay for bling, quite handsomely. The Faded and Tribute models have thin layers of nitrocellulose lacquer- just a couple but it saves a lot of time and workmanship due to the drying process. Studios are spec'd pretty much the same except that they have multiple layers of nitro giving them a glossy finish. This adds a few hundred on to the price. Next up to be added is neck and body binding which adds on another few hundred and you get the LP Classic, with it's plain top which also happens to be thicker and more carved (curved) than on the studio and models below it. The Traditional and Standard models are the same but use more select wood choices for the maple tops with varying degrees of flaming so more $ again. Gibson also selects woods for the mahogany backs across the range with higher prices getting you lower density wood that is more clear (having less variations) so it is theoretically both lighter and prettier. Despite what you might read I have never seen any evidence that a "low end" USA Gibson is made to a lower standard than a top of the line model. I have also encountered no evidence that the more expensive models have backs made of fewer pieces. The custom shop historics are all made with one piece backs though. So, with a USA Gibson more money will buy you a prettier guitar but it won't necessarily buy you a better playing or sounding guitar. Given that Studios are also thinner guitars there's no guarantee that a top of the line model will be lighter either. One could argue that the price jumps for the extra features are not worth what they get you. I don't know whether you're paying for the privilege of having the top models or whether the top models subsidize the "low end" models as a sort of loss leader to draw new customers in...
  11. Personally I would go with the 2017 Tribute T due to the fact that you have a Fender Strat equipped with single coils. P90s in the Junior, while gritty and growly with dirt thrown at them, represent less of a tonal difference to your Strat than the humbucker option. Also bear in mind that the resale value of the 2015 will be lower because of the so-called "death scrawl" Les signature and wider fret board which cannot be changed. If you like those features and get a fantastic deal to start with then that's a non-issue.
  12. Congrats OP. It's a beaut! I kind of like it sans poker chip in the Goldtop finish.
  13. As well as the Jeff Wayne album I've also got the Jeff Wayne WOTW Live on Stage DVD. Set in the period, both are highly recommend to those only familiar with the aforementioned movies. Here's the whole show on YouTube. Ignore the daft intro from mars that isn't on the album. The start proper is the first Richard Burton part. Link above
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