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  1. There's probably a million threads about these but I don't care! I love it enough to start a thread all of its own. Picked up a 2009 Les Paul Jr. You read everywhere about how modern Gibsons aren't as good and blah blah blah. To those naysayers I say - come to my house and play my 2009 Les Paul Jr! I've always wanted a Jr ever since I saw Billie Corgan with one back when I was a kid, but the only times I've seen them for sale they've either been the models with 2 pickups (which I'm not into; they're nowhere near as cool) or have had that appalling Les Paul signature on the headstock. You know the one; the one that looks like it's been drawn on with a sharpie. Bleurgh. Anyway, picked up a second hand 2009 Jr super cheap and I honestly think it might be the best guitar I've ever played. The grunt from the P90 is absolutely brutal, and exactly the sort of tone I was looking for. I play a lot of gutsy classic rock/blues stuff in a 3 piece and the guitar has the thickness and power to really kick some *** but the clarity to sing even when the gain is high. I've had les paul standards with the 490/498 (which I do think is my favourite humbucker combo) and other Gibbos with much hotter pickups but nothing has had the combination of aggression and melody the Jr has. And my favourite thing about is it's not pretty. It's a workhorse. I could gig with it in the seediest, dingiest dive bar with spit and sawdust on the floor and not worry about dings and scratches as they'd all just add to the character. You can't say that about a Les Paul Custom with a quilted top! So yeah. Everyone should own one of these. It's an absolute powerhouse.
  2. well I figured because those little rubber fender blocks were only £3 I might as well try those. They're badass! No way that strap's coming off now! Thanks for the help, guys
  3. thank you for all the replies, gentlemen. I'm sorry its taken me so long to get back to you all. I understand that a lower output pickup will make it less like a V in terms of tone, but that's kind of the idea. I'm going to go for either the 57s or the good old 490/498 combo. Thanks
  4. My new V has the rather annoying habit of jumping out of its strap. Schaller strap locks seem to be the most popular but from what I've been reading they don't fit into Gibson strap holder thingy holes (excuse the technical jargon). Can anyone recommend a decent alternative?
  5. oh and I have a second question - what's the difference between the 4 connecter pickups and the normal ones? Normal ones are more expensive, which makes me inclined to believe they're better...
  6. Hi all, Picked up a flying V today which I totally love, but it's way too high output for my needs (why did I buy it? Purely on looks and playability). So I'm thinking a 57 classic and classic plus in the neck and bridge, respectively. I'm just wondering if there's any issue with doing this, as I know the V has a coil tap feature. I couldn't really care less about whether that still works, but I'm just checking to make sure there's no big deal with it when it comes to changing pups? Thanks
  7. well this thread got a lot more erotic than I expected, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't enjoyed it
  8. Every now and then I get it into my head that I might want to switch out my 490/498s for something else. I don't even really know why, as I love how my guitar sounds. Out of curiosity, what kind of pick ups do you use and what style of music do you play?
  9. LOVE the doublecuts. I play a 1998 DC Standard and it's my favourite guitar ever.
  10. thanks, guys. I'll check all those out
  11. Any suggestions for ways to very cheaply record vocals and acoustic guitar together? I have software to record with, but unless I want to use my laptop's inbuilt microphone (which obviously I don't) I need to invest in some kit. Ideally it'd be a one microphone set up that'd record me playing guitar and singing at the same time, but I understand that might not be feasible due to my having a BIG voice and often playing quite quiet guitar parts alongside it. I guess maybe some compression'd fix that. I dunno. Not looking for professional standard, necessarily. It's just for funzies.
  12. Hi all, I'm fairly certain my LP DC has 9s on it, and I'd like to change them to 10s. Will I need to get the neck adjusted if I do? Also, any recommendation on brands? Thanks
  13. bumping this with a question: does anyone know if a heavier gauge of string would make this better or worse? I use 9s currently but think I'm going to switch to 10s
  14. thanks, man. Yeah it's not like it's really bad, but it can be noticed. I do think a lot of it is just my being a little too heavy handed so that's something I need to work on. I did a little research and it does seem like DCs are quite well known for having a wobbly neck on account of a weaker neck joint. Is there anything I can do to strengthen it to stop it ever having problems or is it a case of waiting until there is a problem and fixing it?
  15. I could be imagining it as I've only just gotten back into playing electric guitar, but I swear the neck on my LP DC is a bit too easy to bend. Maybe it's just because I'm used to playing dreadnought acoustics but it definitely seems flimsy. Is this possible? If there's a problem, how would I fix it? Would a heavier gauge of string help (I use 9s, currently)? Thanks
  16. you'd know it if you heard it ;) I've listened to a few demos but it's hard to say what the difference between 57s and the 490/498 really are as I've not seen a comparison using all the same gear except pickups. Hmmm. It'd be nice if some friendly guitar shop would put some 57s in my LP DC, then take them out and let me hear the 490/498s, then change back and forth again a few times so I could hear the difference...
  17. I wasn't actually thinking strictly Gibson, but I'll definitely consider the 57s. Currently I have the 490/498 From what I've been reading/listening to, it seems like Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers are a good choice too
  18. Hi all, So I realise this sort of question has a huge amount of personal preference involved, but I'm wondering what are regarded as the best pickups to recreate the classic tone from the 70s? AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, etc. I play a 1998 Les Paul Standard DC through a Marshal JCM 2000. Thanks
  19. This is the one I've got! It's a beauty. Same finish and everything. Only difference is I have 2 gold humbuckers. Favourite guitar I've ever played and it's mine all mine
  20. I honestly thought she'd leave me when I was buying the thing. I was in the guitar shop for about 6 hours. Eventually she just went and sat in the car. So the fishman aura looks like exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for that! I'm a keep it simple kind of guy so I'm happy enough with that. Might still add the tiniest bit of chorus. Just a smidge. Another vote for the fishman aura! Haha, well I'm only 30 so not that old yet! Yet another fishman vote which is cool And his hundreds of adoring fans! Yeah I'd always use a tiny bit of reverb but I would expect whatever rig I was using would have that already I hear ya, I definitely don't want to overcomplicate things. Just want a way to standardise my tone, if that makes sense. Niiiice sounding guitar!
  21. EDIT: another failed picture attempt! Haha, I suck at this
  22. Anybody else love these? I saw one on ebay and even though I know I'm an idiot for buying a guitar I'd never even seen in person, let alone played, it's been my dream guitar since I was a kid so I took the risk... ...and it was the best thing I ever did! I love this guitar so much. It is the most playable instrument I've ever touched. It's light as a feather, and upper fret access is a dream. Tonally it is a little different to the usual, but having both the bridge and neck pickups active at the same time gives the fullest tone I've ever heard from a guitar. Love it. Love everything about it. I've attached a picture. It's from 1998. A good year for awesome guitars, apparently. EDIT: Oh, my picture hasn't worked. Can anyone tell me why that'd have happened? I just attached it as a file...
  23. Hi guys, So I'm the proud owner of a Hummingbird Rosewood. It's so nice I had to make it very clear to my girlfriend that if we have a house fire then she'll not be getting rescued first. I'm no stranger to live performances, and have played in bands for close to 2 decades now (when did I get so old?). Having said that, I've never done the one man and his acoustic thing, and I think I'd like to give it a try. What pedals/effects are you guys using with your acoustic on live performances? I'm thinking maybe a tiny bit of delay, maybe even a smidge of chorus but probably not. I've heard talk of acoustic imaging pedals but I have no idea what they are for or whether they're necessary. Any and all input is much appreciated. Thanks, Bob
  24. thanks for the replies guys, I'll attempt a multi-quote. Wish me luck... It has tusq, so I've considered bone but I dunno if it really makes such a difference? I'll post a pick when I get home. Is it cool to do it in this thread or does it have to be in the pics section? Yeah, it was actually an afterthought to try it but I'm glad I did. Doesn't seem to be many around. It's not one of the 50th anniversary ones, it's from 2014. Choosing between the Gibson and the Martin was hard as hell but the Martin did overdo the bass like you mentioned, and for a heavy strummer like myself I was losing clarity. I spent so long in the shop comparing the two! Even had the dude that worked there to play them both for me over and over while I sat there with my eyes closed! Haha, he must've hated me so much. I did try the traditional 'bird but it didn't wow me like the rosewood did. And don't get me wrong, a tad more bass would be nice but I'm still 99.999999% satisfied with my choice! It's a seriously incredible guitar. Yeah, I'm going to play around a bit with strings. Any recommendations? yeah it's a thing of beauty. I'm really just fine-tuning things now, trying to make it a little more personal to me. If it sounded the same as it does now for the rest of my days I'd die a happy man!
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