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  1. YESSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I can barely contain myself i'm finally getting the guitar of my dreams in mere weeks, the 2014 Les Paul Standard Plus.


    WOW!!!!! i can't believe it, all i can say is this guitar will be played constantly, cared for, treasured and passed on to my son in 30 years or so.


    Let it remind him that if you practice long enough, and work hard enough, and scrimp and save for what you want, you can obtain the most sought after things you most desire.


    Hopefully he'll value such things as family, friends, health, home and happiness first and foremost, and then the guitar in which he'll inherit.


    I will post pics of my baby when it finally arrives.....i know no one else but the people in this forum can comprehend the excitement and bliss that i'm feeling and will always feel.


    Will re-post in a few weeks........til' then, play on.

  2. Geez, I'm 14 years older than you, and love 10 lb Les Pauls, the heavier the better. I play them all night at gigs. I never even notice the weight at any point during or after.


    Exactly what i said, you get to play it all night at gigs, probably multiple times a week too, so you were able to get used to the weight in no time.


    I on the other hand am lucky if i get to play once a week or once every other week, because i have to wait for the wife and kids to goto my in-laws to do laundry, so i can set up everything in my living room and play.

    Since they are only gone a few hours, i only get two hours of play time...max, then i have to pack up my equipment and put it away until the following week.

    So i don't really have that break in period i need to get used to the weight on my back. 20 years ago, i played nearly everyday, and even if a guitar felt a bit heavy i got used to it in a weeks time because i played all day everyday just about, so it wasn't a problem.

  3. My Tribute Plus was shipped today. Can't wait to get it!




    I just had the exact one trans black finish and all and the guitar was flawless, in appearance, playability and sound.


    However it was also 100% solid wood,no chambering or weight relief, and 20 years ago that would've been perfect but now-a-days i'm 44 years old,with a wife and 2 kids, and i only get like 1 day a week to play, and it's just not enough for me to be able to adjust to the weight, i literally had to take aspirin or ibuprofen if i played for 2 hours or more.


    Nobody was more broken hearted than me but i had to return it, and since it was within the 30 day window i was able to get full credit for it and i ordered a new Black Epiphone ES-339 Pro semi hollow body...which will be just fine, i love semi-hollow bodies and i always prefer a double cutaway over a single.


    My new Epi actually arrives tomorrow, i can't wait to pick it up....best of luck with yours though, they look and sound great.

  4. Hey guy's i have my 2011 Alienware M14-X Mars Red laptop for sale on craigslist right now and i was looking to put the money towards a Gibson SG, however if someone here has one in mint condition and your interested in trading for this nice gaming laptop....i would love to see pics of the guitar for a possible trade.


    Below is a link to my craigslist post of the computer with pictures, specs and all included, please take a look for yourself, if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.





  5. Kind of funny watching your video there. I had a wine red Special that I traded for a Cherry Standard. Although I didn't have both guitars at the same time to do a side by side comparison like you, I really prefer the Standard - both in sound and looks. Definitely glad I upgraded.


    Well i had a new SG standard in ebony that i bought back in 96 and all the bells and whistles of the crown inlays and binding, with chrome pickup covers were meaningless because of such disappointments like the nut alignment with the binding being off center, and the lack of flushness with the binding to the neck, just soured me on the construction quality of the SG standard, i eventually got rid of it.


    I recently got the Gibson SG Faded in worn brown, and it's far better looking as far as quality construction goes, and no binding on the neck. means no binding ever to wear down unevenly or separate and fall off after 20 years of playing.


    Plus it has a much more natural vintage look, with a more vintage sound thanks to the 490's, i prefer the faded to todays standards, at least as far as the quality construction goes.


    Even got a Gibson hardshell case for it, thats how much i love it and want to keep it in premo condition.

  6. Well i had a feeling that some die hard Les Paul fans would retaliate with calling me a " troll " but to bash the construction of a strat and compare it to todays Gibsons is ridiculous.


    My brother has a gorgeous Black 84 Gibson SG Standard with white triple ply binding around the 60's slim taper neck, a bone nut, Gibson 498 and 500 P.A.F pickups, copper shielded chambers, jack on the side with " metal " jack plate, solid honduran mahogany neck and body...it is truly flawless.


    When that guitar was put next to my former 2011 Les Paul, the comparison in material and craftsmanship was a joke...My cousin has an 87 Fender american standard Strat, same specs as mine, side by side there nearly identical except for the different color finishes.


    So you can all think what you want but this is not personal opinion it is side by side comparitive facts, gibson guitars are not made as good as they were, but Fenders are.

  7. Now before you guy's jump all over me, give me a chance to explain.


    Well i've been playing guitar for nearly 25 years, and ever since i first learned about all the different types of guitars from my older brother, who's been playing nearly 40 years, i fell in love with 2 types of guitars the Fender Strat and the Gibson Les Paul.


    Truth be told i loved the Les Paul a little more, well i was one of those many guy's who went to the music stores and tried his dream guitars like strats and les pauls for years, and last year i finally got the money together to buy my dream Les Paul.


    However, as most of you know the Les Paul's of today are not the ones from 30 years ago, Gibson has cut too many corners with the materials and construction of the newest Les Pauls, today they are no longer solid bodies, they have holes and chambers drilled and routered in the bodies for weight relief, the necks no longer have triple ply binding, and in my particular model the fretboard was baked maple not rosewood, even the jack plate was plastic instead of metal, the string nuts are no longer bone, there plastic, the pick up chambers are no longer copper shielded.


    Now i knew about all these little imperfections that bothered me before i bought the guitar, but i had no choice, i wanted a brand new Gibson that no one has ever played but me and i thought i could live with these imperfections....i was wrong, even though the guitar felt and sounded good, it didn't feel and sound like the one's i played in the music stores all those years ago, and after a few months, i decided not to settle and i chose to swap it for a new Fender American Standard Strat, one of the few guitars unchanged in materials and construction ever since it's inception back in the 50's.


    Both Fender and Gibson are million if not billion dollar companies, there is no need for Gibson to cut corners on materials and quality construction, Fender never has, i also discovered Fender American strats are not only more affordable than the traditional Les Paul Classic or standard, but they include more in the package.


    You get the guitar, a Fender hardshell case made by SKB, a fancy comfortable Fender strap, truss rod key, a guitar polishing cloth and cleaner, a good guitar/amp cable as well as all manuals, warranties and decals.

    I believe my Gibson Les Paul came with a hardshell case (inferior in quality to the Fender SKB), a trussrod key,and manuals, but the Gibson was hundreds of dollars more, and built of a lesser quality than my new Fender and Gibsons of 30 years ago.


    Say what you will but hopefully someone from Gibson will read this,(which i doubt) and maybe they'll think twice about cutting corners just to save a few bucks, because not all of us players are teenagers just starting out who don't know any better about guitar quality and the old ways of Gibson craftsmanship, some of us are in our 40's and 50's and remember how well they used to be made.

    Well farewell Gibson you've truly broken my heart, i was ready to be a customer for life, but if this is a taste of guitars yet to come, then i'm afraid i'll only be a one time customer, and i'm sure these comments will be swept under the rug and blown off, but i can always hope that someone at Gibson might hear these words and make a change.

  8. Well, to be specific, I am looking for pure demented growling tube amp sound, preferably low wattage, "for home/practice use" with on board OD & Revereb, at under a grand, Please submit your experience. BTW. I curretnly have a Class 5, and it is limited to say the least and I have it up for sale.

    I play Led Z. Pink Floyd, Rush and this sort of ballzy sounds.


    Well what i use with my Les Paul is the Fender Blues Junior 3 which has 2 12AX7 and 2 EL84's Tubes, Spring Reverb, a Fat Switch for extra gain, tone, middle, reverb, volume and master volume controls with 15 watts of power through a 12-inch lightning bolt Fender speaker.


    I love the way my Les Paul sounds with it, and i play primarily blues rock through it, and it has the fat woman tone i love so much.....try it out in your local music store it retails for $500.00 i think you'll really like it.

  9. That's too bad. I hope the next one is exactly as it should be. I always try to pick up something that is expensive and/or on the fragile side at the store so I can give it a good look over rather than have it sent to my house. I know not everyone has a Guitar Center or music store within easy driving distance to do this. The less time the guitar spends in the hands of the shipper the better off it is.


    Good luck with the next one!!! BTW, post some pics if it's a keeper!!!!


    I would have checked one at Guitar center's store but they didn't have any in there warehouse, and i don't buy new guitars off the wall.


    If i'm paying that much money, i'm not getting a guitar that people played 100-times and marked up with nicks and scratches.


    Besides this one is coming from Guitar Center's storage facility in Lenexa Kansas, thats where they ship from when ordering either online or through the store.

  10. Hey guys


    Yup i bought a new Les Paul classic from Guitar Center and it shows up with the plastic border around the pickup broken at the set screw, so when you slightly touched that side of the pickup it sank down into the chamber where the set screw went into the plastic.


    If that wasn't bad enough there was a 3-inch scratch through the clear coat along the side of the guitar by the jack.


    Believe me if it were only the plastic ring around the pickup i would've replaced it, no problem, but once i spotted that scratch, i knew i had to return it for a replacement.


    Hey i guess these things happen, just stinks when it happens to you, ya' know, oh well at least my replacement has already been shipped and should be here in a few days, hopefully they'll be no damage, scratches or blemishes on this one.

  11. here is mine










    thats it.....

    gibson les paul dc ebony plain top, burstbucker pros... discontinued in 2008 or 09???

    great tone....


    Hey man nice guitar, very nice, but i think you should take a bit more pride in owning a Gibson, i mean the guitar had blemishes and finger prints all over it, and lots of scratches on the headtstock.

    It wouldn't take that long to give the guitar a quick wipe down with a cloth after playing, and just be a little more careful around the headstock when changing the strings.

    No offense intended just a friendly suggestion, we all need to baby these beauties so they last as long as possible.

  12. You can try removing the back plate to the pots chamber and spraying a can of spray air to clean out any dirt or dust in the pots.


    Also if your using an older cable you might want to try retightening the cable at the tip, chances are it might be loose and not making a proper connection when plugged into the guitar or amp, happened to me once.


    If all else fails i would try your local guitar shop for a repair, if you take the time and expense to ship it back to Gibson, it could take a lot longer until you get it back, from what i hear there really busy these days.

  13. Yeah man both guitars look nice, not a fan of the heritage cherry though, but the wine red is pretty sweet.


    As for the fretboards, ebony is nice but really hard, i just ordered my Les Paul Classic with the baked maple fretboard, and alot of people have been freakin' out about it.


    It's not the big deal everyone makes it out to be, it's harder than rosewood but softer than ebony, so it really has a nice feel.

  14. Hey Man


    I was upset too, when i first heard about the chambering and weight relieved Les Paul's, but to be honest the weight relieved model's are a lot closer to the original models that you can get.


    Chambered as you said have these big routed chambers in the mahogany part of the guitar, but the weight relieved models just have a group of holes drilled out of the mahogany part of the body, so it's quite a bit heavier.


    I was finally in the market for a Gibson Les Paul, after getting the money together, i discovered this weight relieving and chambering stuff, so at first i was so put off, i was just going to get an SG, Unfortunately my brother has a gorgeous black SG standard with a slim 60's neck and jack on the side, small style pickguard, and with 498 and 500-T PAF pickups, it's a gorgeous guitar and i have compared all other SG's to this one and tried to find something similar.


    I could never find a new black SG with slim taper neck, let alone a jack on the side and small pickguard combo, so i was about to settle for a 61 SG reissue, it has a 60's slim taper neck, small pickguard and classic 57 pickups, but the jack was on the face of the guitar and the color was heritage cherry, which is basically a faded red, and i hate red guitars, i've always preferred a black, deep blue or tobacco sunburst.


    The point is i was gearing up to buy my dream guitar, and i felt like i was settling with this 61 reissue SG, even more so than the weight relieved Les Pauls, so i picked the lesser of two evils and went with a weight relieved Les Paul, especially since i read that Gibson has been doing the weight relieved models since 1982, so that means that most music that i've heard over the years on Les Pauls were played on weight relieved models, and the music i love from the 60's and 70's was on original Les Paul models, and guess what, i couldn't hear a difference between any of them.


    So i know i'll be happy with my choice, which by the way is literally being shipped to me as we speak.....and i can't wait.


    Give these models a chance man, you might like them.

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