I am newbie here... first post.
But no newbie to life (near 50), no newbie to guitars (first guitar was Christmas day when I was 14... best day EVER! A Sears Harmony (:D which I still proudly own and have hanging on my bedroom wall). And no newbie to lusting after a Les Paul. God it was a beautiful thing, right?
Man, I loved the look, the tone! Rock and Roll WAS the Les Paul. I grew up with Jimmy Page on the radio. Then that strangely amazing freaker Ace Frehely. And then others and others. That Les Paul sunburst!! Holy good lord that was the dream.
But then I started playing my Harmony. Learned a bit. Then worked all next summer building and painting fences to buy an amp. (yep, a whole year with an electric guitar with nothing to plug it into!). Funny.., how that didnt stop me from playing that first year... huh. Couldnt imagine it now, to be truthful.
And then still working on and on to buy a new, better, electric (a Yamaha this time... just before the Super-Strat years began... it was a mighty fine guitar. Still is). That Strat-like neck became molded to my hand.
I do well at work. Years go by, and promotions, and money becomes easier. I got some now. Got some extra actually.
I make the decision. I am going out to buy my Les Paul. After all these years!!!
I go out looking. My favorite guitar stores. I pick up the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen... A brand new Cherry sunburst Les Paul standard.., with full knowledge that I had the intent, and money, to buy the thing before I exited the place!! What a feeling!!! OMG!!!
And I hated it.
That neck! I hated it! I hated the way it felt in my hands. A two-by-four. Rough. They said maybe you want to try a 50's neck. Tried it. Hated it. Tried every damn Gibson they had. Loved them all, but hated how they felt in my hands. Damn..., damn..., damn....
I walked away. Bewildered.
I tried other stores. Many, many guitars. A few years pass. Many stores. I gave up. Finally my favorite guitar tech at my store says "I think you need to try this..." He puts a (sorry) used PRS Custom 22 Artist in my hands. Jesus ****in christ! Most awesome connection I ever felt with anything non-human-female ever! What a feel!! What tone! What a gorgeous guitar!! I bought it. And loved it, and still do many years later. And I'be bought several more PRS since. Just awesome guitars.
But my first love never left me. A Les Paul.
More years go by. Decades later, actually. And I decide to try again. I want to love a Les Paul.
I go to a store I havent been before. I see a simply gorgeous, brand new, heritage Cherry burst Les Paul Standard (called Traditional now, I guess). He actually said it was a Limited edition (more on this later). The top was stunning... just a beautiful chevron. The quality-control was perfect. Not a flaw. What PRS would call a 10-top. Perfection. He put it in my hands.. and... WOW. I played, unplugged, as he walked away. Just feeling this guitar. Ummmmmmm, I LOVED it. It felt amazing. I could PLAY on this thing. I was instantly playing new things.... just brought out experimentation. And she was gorgeous!! I was smitten. Sunk.
I am now, finally, the proud owner of a Les Paul Standard (specifically, it is a 2015 Les Paul Traditional Japan Limited). So, it was, I learned, built for the Japanese market... and this was over-stock or something... but they tweaked it a little different than the typically USA models. Whatever they did, I suppose I must like. (and no, I am not Japanese, hehe). It has the old 2014 specs (neck width, bone nut, etc), except the addition of the Gforce (which I may, or may not change.. so far it seems pretty cool).
I am in love with it. Awesome tone. Awesome feel. Awesome looks. Just puts a smile on my face.
PS: I play it through my Marshall JVM410C. ****in screaming!!!!
Sigh. Happy to finally be a part of the Les Paul club!