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  1. Well, every LP sounds unique (even if they all share the same pickups/electronics). What I tried to explain is that solid Les Pauls and weight relieved Les Pauls all share that typically 'warm' old school Les Paul tone (thick). It doesn't need to be completely solid for that. 9 little holes in the body don't destroy anything of that warm LP tone. Chambered Les Pauls all share that typically bluesy, airy, woody tone. They'll all sound a bit different mutual, but you get the point. Chambered Les Pauls are nothing like a weight relieved or solid LP -> fact.
  2. - Why isn't there anything like a Traditional Custom? Why are the Customs only available in the Custom Shop? I only see Standards with rosewood boards these days.
  3. A reissue still aint the real thing. New Les Pauls sound like new, just different compared to the old ones. This is what I like (1972 Custom): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2d4c99L9tE
  4. rosewood = less compressed, bluesy, airy tone. (LP Standard) ebony = more compressed, jazzy, meaty tone. (LP Custom) Rosewood has a softer attack to the notes, ebony has a harder attack.
  5. Bridge pickup volume -> 10. Neck pickup volume -> 9. The neck pickup on my Les Paul is a bit louder, that's why I leave it on 9 instead of 10. Perfect volume balans between the pickups. Bridge pickup tone -> 7. Neck pickup tone -> 10. I think it's a lot easier to work with a bright sounding guitar. You can always tame the bright one (with your tone knobs), but you can't turn a dark sounding guitar into a bright, trebly guitar. That's why I prefer Les paul customs, for the extra edge that comes from the ebony fretboard. It will sound warm anyway, because of the thick/massive mahogany body.
  6. I always leave the volume and tone knobs on 10 for maximum power and tone, both clean and distorted. Less treble on the amp. It's easier to work with a bright sounding guitar than a dark sounding guitar. You can always tame the bright one, but you can't turn the dark sounding guitar in a bright, trebly guitar. That's why I like guitars that have some edge to them (especially les paul customs). It will sound warm anyway, mainly because of the massive mahogany body from the Les Paul. Less tone = darker, less edge/cut. Less volume = less in your face-punch. It also depends on whether you're playing in a (heavy) rock band with other heavy sounds around ya or in a one-guitar blues/jazz/pop band. Sometimes you need a cutting, powerful tone to cut through all the other instruments...a woman tone would be completely useless.
  7. That 2004 Classic is swiss cheesed -> weight relieved.
  8. I think it's a great deal for a '79. Norlin Les Pauls are heavy.
  9. The perfect example of a solid body les paul custom (10.7 lbs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvYxqyNazXQ
  10. Basically there's one rule; use your ears. Play with the pickup heights untill the pickups sound most balanced in your Black Beauty.
  11. I really don't understand why you would modify an Epi, unless you really love it to death. Save money for the real deal when your ears are ready to hear the tonal differences between guitars (and between two Epi's of the same type). A good Gibson will destroy a good Epi. Different pickups, pots, caps, bridges, tailpieces, tuners, etc. never guarantee a better tone. You can't turn the Epi in a tone monster if it ain't there naturally.
  12. Yamaha SG-2000 reissue, tobacco burst (special order from Japan). That was a great guitar.
  13. I'd probably pick the Traditional. Chambered = bright, woody, airy. Solid = big, thick, warm, rich, jazzy. Just play them loud.
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