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Thought about it' date=' consulted my luthier and he persuaded me to give up the pipe.[/quote']


Nice....I wouldn't wanna ruin a perfectly good neck either...Not to be a smartass or anything, but if you didn't like the neck, why did you buy it ?....And Les Pauls aren't supposed to be like Strats....Good luck though.

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I would proceed with caution. I learned this from experience. I sanded a finished neck one time because I thought, "I'll never get rid of this guitar." Well, when my GASaholism kicked in and I tried to sell it, I took a beating on it because of that. I learned after that to leave well enough alone... since you asked.

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Funny because I have thought of doing the same thing...to my $400 Ibanez Artcore the neck is too fat...why not make it into a "project guitar". I would NEVER do that to a Lester. Yikes...it is something you will regret.

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Really, think twice. Then don't do it. There are Les Pauls with thin necks, specified as "60s slim taper" necks. This was an option on Standards until the 2008 revisions, and the Classic models all have the thin neck. Trade yours for one with a slim neck if that's what you want.

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What was I thinking. I wouldn't really do it. The neck is between a 50's and a 60's neck.


I find the 60's is to thin.


It wouldn't be good to do it to a Lester I know.[-X


I couldn't even trade it in for another one. I love this guitar. The cherry sunburst is beautiful man. :)

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...Sand the neck and you WILL own it forever' date=' cuz nobody will buy it...[/quote']


Someone will buy it... but at what price - is the thing to consider.


If you want a guitar made to your personal specs, unless you've got a ton of loot to drop on a custom job from a company like Gibson (if they would even do it - NOT), modding an existing guitar is the economical way to go.


This whole thing about 'signature' series' guitars is a marketing gimmick. For instance, Slash has said, he doesn't play a 'Slash' Gibson, he has a luthier custom make his guitars to his specs and although they might look like a 'Slash' Gibson they're not. Most of these guys have definite demands on the specs of their instruments, whether it's the finish, the wood, the action, the hardware, the neck profile, the dimensions, etc, etc, etc.


The point is: if you've developed a liking to a particular setup and can't get it, mod it or work out a reasonable deal for a luthier to mod it for you. But remember, IF you eventually want to sell it, someone will buy it... but at what price?

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Modding a guitar for your own preference is no big deal.

I was simply offering a real world fact that many people learn the hard way.

I see people try to sell guitars all the time with nice "additions" that cannot be removed or reversed - with zero luck.


Yeah, mods may kill the resale price but my comment about nobody wanting to buy it is valid.

Advertise it, tell people about it, whatever.

When you get their interest and they act interested, then show them the mods.

Watch their facial expression change...


Most people will be polite and say they understand why you did it ("Yeah, that's cool...") but will be much less interested.



Same thing goes for Epiphones.

Tell somebody you have a Les Paul for sale and watch their face light up.

Tell 'em it's an oriental import of dubious construction/materials/quality and their interest will evaporate.


Gee, it's probably WAY cheaper than the American Gibson - but they won't even want to look at it, no matter the price.



When you say "Les Paul" to people who know what one is, they have certain ideas what it should be.

Show them something different and you'll often get a cool reception.


On the other end of the spectrum, I LOVE Jimmy Page, Angus and Slash but I'll never pay for a signature model.

Nothing about those guitars is so magical to me that I would pay all that extra cash.


This from a guy who's spent $50,000 on gear.

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I have a thing for sanded necks. I love the non gloss feel on Acoustic and electrics. One of the reasons the faded range of Gibson guitars are such a hit with me is the feel of the necks.


I know it is true that it affects re sale value but my advice is you only live once and why not have your guitar exactly as you want it.



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