I really hate the color of a gold top

wahfreak

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Serious question. So what’s the deal? Many people get a more than a little misty eyed over gold top Les Pauls. Like there is some magic in the gold paint that makes them better than other LPs. I get the rarity of the early ones but this seems to spill over into modern LPs too. It just not a color that intrigues me, in fact I think they are kinda ugly. Is it something else or just nostalgia?
 

Yamaha 350

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Serious question. So what’s the deal? Many people get a more than a little misty eyed over gold top Les Pauls. Like there is some magic in the gold paint that makes them better than other LPs. I get the rarity of the early ones but this seems to spill over into modern LPs too. It just not a color that intrigues me, in fact I think they are kinda ugly. Is it something else or just nostalgia?
That is your problem.

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Astronaut FX

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I'm not sure I have an answer for you, but I'll add my two cents.

I really like the look of a gold top Les Paul. And to some degree, that's a real contradiction for me, because I hate almost anything else that's gold. I won't have a guitar with gold hardware, I really hate the look of yellow gold jewelry. Yellow gold on anything just looks "cheap" and gaudy to me.

But there's something about the look of a gold top Les Paul that I find appealing. Maybe it's simply the throw back nature of it, although I also hate the concept of relic'd guitars.

I do have a 2012 (non-relic) gold top P90 Les Paul that I really like. But I'll be damned if I can reconcile how it is that I like it but loath most anything else gold.

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If you like Sherwood Green, Lake Placid Blue, Inca Silver, or Burgundy Mist, then you like metallic colors. Goldtop Gold is just another metallic color.

I don't have a thing for Goldtops or bursts and I don't jones for Gibson products, but I will say that the Bullion Gold finish that came on LP Classics 20-30 yrs ago looked very tasteful to me. I preferred that shade of gold over the bronze gold of 50s LPs by far.
 

cap10kirk

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I just think that gold tops and black tops are the best looking Les Pauls (but only with a natural back, no red or dark backs for me). It's just personal preference, not that hard to figure out.
I mean, I hate bursts and figured tops, but I can understand that other people love them.
 




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