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Gibson Les Paul Standard vs. Gibson Les Paul Traditional

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All other things being equal I would plump for a standard. But all things are not equal. The Std has Pro pups and I dont like them.

 

At least the trad has 57 classics. For that reason I'd be compelled to go for the trad. It would have to be the HP version too.

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Yeah the standard is the more innovational model, so it's never the same each year. That's why people are on the edge with particular years. However, I do like the traditional a lot, especially with its chunky neck.

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It's a tough call.

They are both lovely and well-made guitars.

 

I guess I wouldn't kick either of them out of bed for eating crackers.

[unsure]

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I'll make both sound exactly the same. Whichever is cheaper or not a burst.

 

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Keep in mind that Standard's have a compound radius fretboard and an asymmetrical neck profile, where as the Traditional has the 12" radius and (mostly) 50's profile neck (some are made with 60's profile).

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Traditional gets the vote from me.

 

The pickups are '57s, which sound great, versus BurstBuckers in the Standard; also apparently great (no personal experience of them, though).

 

But as things like pickups can be changed out, and quite often are; the only difference in my mind is that you're paying a few hundred of your currency more for a bit more flame on the top. This doesn't bother me, as I think too much flame can ruin the look.

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I've owned 1 Standard (well, technically 2, but I returned one of them the first day so it hardly counts) and 4 Traditionals. I prefer the Trad's fatter symmetrical neck, the normal pots (ie, no push-pull). As well as just it's general straightforward, traditional approach.

 

I currently have 2 Trads, so yeah, put me in the Traditional camp.

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I've owned 1 Standard (well, technically 2, but I returned one of them the same day I bought it, so it hardly counts) and 4 Traditionals. I prefer the Trad's fatter symmetrical neck, the normal pots (ie, no push-pull). As well as just its general straightforward, traditional approach.

 

I currently have 2 Trads, so yeah, put me in the Traditional camp.

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I've got 2 Traditionals, a Standard and a Supreme. The most comfortable workhorses and the Tradtionals - these are 2014 with no weight relief. Maybe it's just my age, but I really love 10 lb. guitars... The thick neck is quite comfortable. But I also love my Standard - 2015, but with Grovers. Neck is quite nice, and sound is just different than Trad - Can't explain. Supreme really only gets played on special occasions. Love the different thicker body (maple top and bottom). Sort of a chunky feel and sound. Really it's taste, and that may vary from time to time. Cheers...

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