good, basic LP Special??

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  1. macca

    macca Member

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    Hi all

    These started out as affordable Les Pauls, but these days they seem to cost an arm and two legs. As basic as they are, the available Gibson and small luthier versions that I have located so far all costs thousands of dollars.

    So . . . any tips on finding a Les Paul Special type guitar that is well made but reasonably priced? I'm looking for one for live work. To be clear, by a LP Special type guitar, I mean a guitar having:

    - mahogany body and neck, no maple top
    - p90s at the bridge and neck
    - wrap around bridge
    - individual volume and tone controls for each pickup

    And just to be more of a pain-in-the-ass, I'm looking for one that doesn't have an SG shape; other than that, I'm traditional minded (is it that obvious?) but open to most other shapes, so long as they don't look like they were designed for Gene Simmons.

    thanks,

    Bill
     
  2. soulohio

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    I have a 1989 but it has the regular (TOM or nashville) bridge. great guitar, real workhorse and aside from the skinny neck, i love it. i thought the skinny neck was gonna be the reason i sold it, but after playing other guitars when I come back to the Special, I really love it...the herd grows....
     
  3. gkoelling

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    You haven't given your definition of "reasonably priced," so I'll go ahead and suggest Prairiewood by TGP member 57 Special.

    This was $1,500.00

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    Amazing guitar.
     
  4. FrankieSixxxgun

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    I paid $750 for my '98 Special on Craigslist. It came with P100's, easily remedied, but it does not have a wraparound bridge. There are affordable Specials out there though.

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  5. Derwood

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    Love my Tokai Love Rock LP Special I got here. More authentic than some of the Gibson and Epis.
     
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    It's easy to find inexpensive, good quality Special-type guitars on the used market. The hard part is finding one with a wraparound bridge instead of the tuneomatic/stop bar.
     
  8. unoguitar

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    This Eastwood sells for $399:

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  9. larimar

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    Cool guitars folks. :AOK

    Question...How thick are the bodies on the Les Paul Special single cuts? Thanks!
     
  10. John Mayes

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    looks like good bang for the buck EXCEPT it has a 1 5/8ths nut.....
     
  11. soulohio

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    Is that smaller than a Gibsun? If so...that is too small as mine is somewhat narrow.
     
  12. FrankieSixxxgun

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    A little thicker than an SG and a whole lot heavier. :D
     
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    :DHaha....Thanks!:AOK
     
  14. John Mayes

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    Yes it's smaller. Your Gibby is 1 11/16ths.

    To me, unless the guitar has a really fat neck, 1 5/8ths is just way to small. But different strokes....
     
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