Does a Les Paul just make everything sound better?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bentayuk, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. vbf

    vbf Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    Richmond, Virginia
    To answer the OP simply.......yes. :aok
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    BADHAK Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    C'mon man, there's thousands of LP players gigging right at this moment in 2 guitar bands in small venues and most make it work no probs. A LP can sit in the mix as well as any other guitar if you know what you're doing. That's probably why it's still selling boatloads after 60+ years.
  3. Warkli

    Warkli Member

    Sep 5, 2019
    LP's are too heavy and muddy sounding to me. I would prefer an SG in the gibson arsenal but I dont like the look.
    So, 72 Deluxe Telecaster is my HH choice. It's made to steal some players from Gibson, and I'm definetely stolen.
  4. Scary Uncle G.

    Scary Uncle G. Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Not sure what you’re getting at. I get the most compliments on my sound when I play my Les Paul through a low wattage amp with a 10” speaker.;)
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  5. rizla

    rizla Member

    May 9, 2010
    I much prefer 335s to LPs but sometimes you need a LP, or tele, or some kinda gretschy goodness, or a strat, jazzmasters rock!.
    335s are top of the pile for me, everything else is pretty cool as well.
  6. GiorgioV

    GiorgioV Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    I never said it can't be done, but there are much easier guitars to do this with. Besides, I was replying to OP's question of "does a les paul make everything sound better" and my answer is that it does not, especially if gigging with other guitarists.

    I don't see any reason to change my answer, just because you can make work a Les Paul in every situation it does not mean it's the best tool for the job.
  7. CapnRex

    CapnRex Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    Dude that is a fine specimen of a LP.
  8. Buck Woodson

    Buck Woodson Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2018
    No Les Paul = no Neal Young + no Allman Brothers + no Led Zeppelin (at least past the 1st album)

    I don't want to live in such a world.
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  9. C-4

    C-4 Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    I love Red Bank, NJ! Florida now Europe later
    I believe that those of us here, who are playing longer then the others, may have found, through trial and error, their favorite guitar.

    I started out on Gibson in my second year of playing in 1958, and played my teacher's Gibson since my first year during lessons. I knew what I wanted.

    I also played for a number of years at a time, Teles, Strats, 3X5's, a Super 400 CESC arch top, SG's, and other offshoots of the basic four food groups.

    It was just recently, within the last 4 years or so, that I came back hard to play Les Pauls. Now, at 71 and counting, and due to nerve loss in my left arm, and having to use extremely light strings as a result, I have found that Les Pauls offer me what a Tele, Strat, or other single coil pickup guitar cannot give me, and that is a bigger sound from the thinner strings. As a result of the nerve loss, single coil guitars just sound, well, to thin any more, unfortunately.

    I tried PRS, and found that they just don't feel to my liking. Nothing wrong with PRS, but they are just not for me. In the last year and a half, I have bought CS Les Pauls, a M2M R9, a CS Les Paul Custom Pro, and yesterday, a 60th Anny R9. All three are across the weight spectrum from 7. 15 lbs to 9 lbs., even. This covers all the possible sounds I will need from a guitar, and I believe this most recent purchase may be the last for a guitar for me at this time.

    I've got the guitars, and amps I need, and may just dabble in effects more then I have in the past. The money for this guitar was supposed to go for effects, but last week, I unloaded my '63 335 historic and PRS 594 Semi-hollow. I had them out at work, and they just didn't do it for me, so I faced facts and acted quickly.
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  10. PRW

    PRW Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    The OP's assertion is a stretch which I'd disagree with, but he qualified his assertion by saying he plays classic rock/modern metal and I can see where someone whose ideal sounds are in those genres would gravitate to a Les Paul and say it covers all bases.

    I've owned two well-regarded LP copies and one Real McCoy (late '80s Standard) and I traded all of 'em off with zero regrets, because they simply didn't work for my playing style and my ideal sounds. I could not get an acceptable clean sound to my ears ... I mean a true clean sound, not the dirty sounds that are labeled as clean sounds in so many YouTube videos ... out of any of them, especially the Gibson.

    I've simply come to the conclusion that I prefer single coil guitars, because they work for my playing style and my ideal sounds. I've toyed with the idea of getting an LP copy at least, just to "try again," but I'd most likely if looking for a HH guitar gravitate to a Gretsch with Filtertrons or a Tele Deluxe, because my experience with those makes me think I could come closer to my playing style and ideal sounds (jangly early Peter Buck).

    But ain't it great that we have so many choices and can all get what suits us ... and I would agree that if there is a Swiss Army Knife guitar, it would be a Telecaster.
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  11. Cousin

    Cousin Member

    Mar 6, 2018
    Tower of Power-Les Paul
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  12. hunter

    hunter Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Thread drift I know but...

    Managing a two guitar mix is far more about what you play on the guitar than what guitar you play.
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  13. GreatSatan

    GreatSatan Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    i remember playing my first lp, even a cheap mic clone (albeit surprisingly well made). It just sounded 'right', also compared directly to a sg.

    So yeah, pretty much a lp is where its at for me (or a tele, something about single-cuts sounds better..)
  14. sunburst79

    sunburst79 Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    North East Ohio
    Luckily there’s no one guitar that sounds “Better” all the time.

    Which a solid reason to buy different guitars.

    If your tool set only contains 1/2 sockets. Your options are limited. Choices are good.
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  15. eigentone

    eigentone Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    My #1 is a Les Paul. But there is a reason I own several other types of guitars. The Les Paul won't make the sound my Rics, Jazzmasters, 335, Esquire, etc make. And it's good IMO to have those tones available. I even have a Collings City Limits, which is Les Paul-like and it gets a good amount of play. Although my LPs get a lot of use, the other guitars often make the "right" sound for the part and it's good to have variety (for what I do.)

    Therefore, I can't really say a Les Paul is the right guitar for every tone and therefore, "No, it does not make (literally) everything sound better." But as somebody whose #1 is a LP, I certainly share the love and see where you are coming from! :D
  16. sunkidd

    sunkidd Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    So. Cal.
    Yeah, if you have the original Fender WRH pickups in it, CuNiFe magnet screws and the way the pickup is wound, are really a sound to play and behold....
    Play the guitar clean is a thing of beauty...
    Play it overdriven, cranked amp, the smooth distortion is awe inspiring!

    Those pickups were Seth Lover's "pride and joy".....(and that is saying a lot!)
  17. C_C_King

    C_C_King Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Les Paul lover here but answer is No.. They don't do this as strat does

  18. Vanilla Latte

    Vanilla Latte Member

    May 9, 2019
    Not if it won't stay in tune. :rolleyes:

    I know my opinion won't be a popular one but....

    I like my LP (2014 Classic), don't get me wrong. But for the amount of money I dropped on it, I shouldn't be thinking about upgrading to locking tuners, a better nut, and a tone pros locking bridge just to keep it in tune.

    I could have dropped the same amount of dough on an ESP Eclipse and had all of these things, plus a lighter guitar and better upper fret access.

  19. Matt Dillon

    Matt Dillon Member

    Sep 5, 2018
    One word:

    Nigel Tufnel
  20. Pointy Headstock

    Pointy Headstock Member

    Nov 21, 2011
    53 Miles West of Venus
    Realize that Tower of Power has a huge multi decade catalog, but the stuff I've heard from them and the one live show of theirs that I saw back in the 90s all fit pretty squarely in the R&B genre.

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