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  1. Unfortunately I noticed one little flaw last night. There's a chip on the back of the headstock. Normally I don't mind some road wear, but is there any concern that this could lead to more trouble with the headstock down the line? Since the wood is exposed? There's also a couple discolored spots on the lacquer. It looks like theres some of this discoloration near the chip. Is this standard wear or could it mean the guitar was dropped? Has a weakness of some kind? Sorry I had to remove the pic of the guitar to upload these new ones of the headstock.
  2. Thanks guys! It's a honey burst. Plus top. And correct on the pickups, just the glare on them. No age at all.
  3. Well here it is. The verdict. I managed to find a store with a 2013 Standard and I bought it. I'm really thrilled. It really has everything I'm looking for in a LP. I know these are harder to come by in stores, so it was a relief to find one and get to play it. Felt great. Sounded great. The weight was perfect. It was the kind of guitar that made me sound like a better player. The irony is that it's also in Honey, so all in all, it's the the Standard Light version I bought earlier this week but with all the improvements I wanted. Thanks again for all of the advice. You guys have been awesome. I've learned so much and I finally feel comfortable with LPs. Looking forward to discussing more with everyone.
  4. Also, I should add that if I have to wait and see what the 2016 models bring, I'm open to it. I'm realistic. This is a luxury purchase. It's not something I need to do now, just something I want a lot. And that's not a bad thing. But it's also not cause to rush out and force it. If I don't like the banner on the 2014 and the E-tuner on the 2015 and I can't find the right 2013, then I'm okay with waiting. At least this process has narrowed down what I want and I know what models to look at when they come out. So it's been very valuable.
  5. Thanks for the opinions everyone. I haven't come to a decision yet. I'm giving myself until the end of the week. The more I sit with it the more I realize it doesn't have some of the things I expected from a Les Paul. Although some of these things are cosmetic, they're things I believe in. I will likely buy one LP in my lifetime as I'd like to get a variety of guitars. So if I do then I feel it should be as iconic of an LP as possible. The banner does bother me, the thinness feels great but doesn't look like an LP as much as I'd like. I do think having 3 knobs makes it look a little odd in the canon of LPs, although I do find the coil switch convenient. So yes, these things do turn me off and if I'm spending this much money I'd want to make sure that it's something I'm 100% satisfied with. What is holding me back is that yes, it feels great to play and it sounds great. But I look at it like this -- if I purchased every guitar that I've picked up and felt awesome to play, I'd be in the poor house. I think it's about finding the one you really want and then making sure it plays perfectly for you.
  6. Haha. So you agree that it's not quite as timeless? How long have the Light models been around?
  7. Yep that's the one. So any general feelings on this model? My guess is I'll get a lot of people saying no wonder a Strat player bought this. But I'll say this, it's a beautiful guitar. Feels great. Sounds great. Question really comes down to this -- am I really getting a Les Paul?
  8. Thanks so much. I'll PM you. I believe this is the guitar on the link below, the only thing that doesn't match up is that I was told mine has an AA body not a AAA. Would love your opinions on this. Les Paul at Guitar Center My concerns since coming home with it are this: 1. The slim body isn't the norm. And I'm not somebody who says you need to follow the pack, but I went into this to get a real LP. And I sort of feel like I half assed it a bit. 2. The 120th Anniversary fret. Somebody mentioned earlier that it's a sticking point for some. I've told 2 people about my purchase. My wife saw it and the first thing out of her mouth was "Are you ok with that fret?" Then I was casually on the phone with my mother and said I bought a guitar. She asked how I liked it and I mentioned this fret. She said "Oh that kind of makes it feel like a limited run thing, not as timeless?" MY MOTHER. Who is 61 years old. Not cool.
  9. Well, this turned out to be an interesting day. Went to GC and walked out with a 2014 Standard. But here's the thing. It's the slimmer one. I can't find he exact thing on the website. It looks like the 2014 version of the 2015 Less Plus. And now I'm slightly mixed on the purchase. I'm thinking that I should've just gotten a typical standard, but the thing is this just felt better playing it. Anybody have any thoughts on this guitar?
  10. Just an update for you guys. I'm luckily off from work this week and heading to GC to test out some LPs. Hopefully today or tomorrow. To answer the above question, my Strat does have single coil. Although I have to admit the dirty pickup is pretty nice. I have a lot of need for the sound from it. Just looking for something new from the LP. And my amp is a smaller Marshall. I live in an apartment so there isn't a lot of opportunity to blast it. I have to say that even the times I've plugged my Strat into a stack, it kinda blew my head off. The sound is way bigger. So I can only imagine the difference with an LP.
  11. Thanks! I'll answer as best I can. There are 2 sounds I'm having trouble getting from my Strat. First is the more distorted, heavier sound. I saw the Afghan Whigs in concert last weekend and just can't get that sound out of my Strat. The second sound is something more icy, post-punk. Say Interpol. A lot of these bands play LPs and my hope was one guitar could accomplish both. If not, I'd prefer the heavier, distorted sound. I play straight up rock and a little blues. Lately I've been playing a lot of the more rocking Ryan Adams stuff. Some Black Keys. So the crunchier, distortion would be good. Maybe I'm dreaming that there's a guitar that can get all of these sounds.
  12. This is good to hear. I'll look into that.
  13. This is really great advice. In general, is there a model year to avoid? Seems some here like the 2014s, some don't. And what is the general feeling toward the electronic tuners on the 2015s? Is it possible these are gone by 2016 and I wait?
  14. I have to wonder how many people ask something like this, so I hope it's not too annoying. I've been playing for about 5-6 years. I learned on a Strat and really want get an LP as my next guitar. I was looking for suggestions on which model to get. I don't know enough to say I want a particular sound other than to say I want a bigger rock sound than the Strat. Something a little fatter. But that probably goes without saying. I've read some differences between all the LPs but it is still going over my head. The differences between the standard, deluxe, traditional...I'm just not educated enough to figure it out. I thought if maybe I pointed out what I'm looking for some of you experts could direct me. Would really appreciate any help. 1. I don't mind paying a bit. If at the end of the day the pricier model best suits me, then I'm okay with it. I look at this as an investment and a few hundred dollars now will pay off later. So I was kind of avoiding studio models. 2. I do have a tendency to get some fatigue playing a lot of bar chords or blues. Is there anything about the necks of these different models to consider for this? 3. I don't love the electronic tuner on the newer models. I find it strange there are no LPs this year without them. I'd have to think there are a lot of purists out there who don't dig this. Is there a particular year that I should be looking at to avoid this, but still get a great guitar. 4. New or used, I'm cool either way. Anyway thank you in advance. I just want to make a smart choice.
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