Les Paul Classic?

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  1. flyroper

    flyroper Supporting Member

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    Can anybody comment on the Les Paul Classic? Based on the pricing, it seems like this model is lower on the food chain than the Standard/Custom. But the published specs - 'hog back, maple top, etc. - seem pretty good. Other than the ceramic pickups, how is this model different than other LP lines? I know the Classic has the 60s neck as well, but can't you get that on a Standard/Custom?

    Just looking for some general impressions of the Classic, how it compares to other LP models/lines, etc. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

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  2. MikeB_18

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    They're similar to the old Standard's. The inlays are a different and a worse color in my opinion, sort of an off green. Lately they've been getting two piece backs and they weigh a ton. Obviously the pickups are different but that's an easy fix.

    Some of the pre-2005'ish models are lighter and have one piece backs. I find them in general to be nicer guitars than the newer models.
     
  3. rrhea

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    I had a Goldtop Classic for a little while, but traded up to an awesome R7 Goldtop. I loved my Classic, and really don't think there is any difference in a Classic or a Standard other than inlay color, the dumb "1960" stamped on the pickguard, "Classic" stamped on the truss rod cover and the pickups (which are un-convered and are a hotter, ceramic type).

    If you're willing to upgrade the pups and replace the pickguard and truss rod cover you'll pretty much have a Standard. Only people in the know would recognize it as a Classic due to the inlays.

    RR
     
  4. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    I love my '98. Great tone and sustain. The previous owner installed a '57 Classic in the neck and a '57 Classic+ in the bridge. While I would not necessarily recommend them, they work very well in my guitar and I have no desire to switch them out at this point.

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  5. sqadan

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    Get a used Classic from the 90's if you can find one... they are inexpensive compared to other Les Pauls... but are fantastic players... I had a LP Classic in honeyburst, took out the awful cermaic magnet pickups and dropped in some '57 classics.... perfect!
     
  6. LPguitarman

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    I have a Classic Antique. It is the same as the Classic except flamed maple top and better looking inlays (not green). I think the only difference between the Classic and the Standard is only plain tops on the Classic and the pups. I was going to get a Classic until I saw the Classic Antique which I described above for the exact same price as the Classic $2,000. I couldn't believe I was getting a flamed top and better color inlays for the same price, so I jumped on it and haven't looked back since. The chambered body puts out great tone. I love it.:RoCkIn
     
  7. mds

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    I have a 2001 Classic in Black and it is a raging good guitar...mine has a nicely aged looking inlay, not the crazy dark green stuff....every bit as good as a standard, just some different options. I bought mine with covered 57s in it.

    Mike
     
  8. Birddog

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    I have a Classic Antique Mahogany Top and it is in the same league as my Standard from a QC/build perspective. Amazing tone, too.

    I'm very fond of it.[​IMG]
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  9. ahab

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    Nice!


     
  10. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I had one. It's like what could we make out of balsa wood? I know, a Les Paul neck.
     
  11. cyguitar

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    My #1 is a Classic. I swapped the pickups for 57 Calssic+ and 57 Classic's, open coil Zebra's. Sounds and plays great. Mine is in vintage sunburst, which is my favorite finish on LP's.
     
  12. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

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    Lets not forget the neck's are slimmer on the classics then the standards. Although these days I think you could either neck size at least on the standard.
     
  13. soli528

    soli528 Silver Supporting Member

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    This is my 2000 Classic Plus from the NAMM show. I completely gutted it- RS kit & WCR's, and it smokes many other LP's I've played. One nice thing is the nickel hardware rather than the chrome I've seen on some standards.
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  14. SebiX

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    I owned a ´97 Classic in amber... Once I´ve changed the pickups it´s been a great guitar
     
  15. cvansickle

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    I've got a '97 Classic in Sunburst. I bought it used in 2006. The previous owner switched the stock pickups for a Fralin 8k/9k set, and it's everything you want from a vintage Les Paul. I say, if it feels good and plays right, buy it and swap the pickups for anything else that suits you.
     
  16. shawntp

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    I have an '03 classic - I love the neck on it more than any other gibson neck. Its just getting broken in well now. It weighs somewhere in the low-mid 9lb range - tons of sustain.

    Ceramic pickups are absolute dogs though unless you are going for real high gain. I jumped around different pickups and settled in with WCR Godwood/Darkburst and now with a good setup my LP classic is just an animal. It smokes everything I touch at the shop.

    I think strings are a tricky thing to pick with it - Ive finally found bliss with Ernie Ball Hybrid guage (thicker on bottom and thinner on top). It took a while to get it perfect (couple years of tweaking) but with a setup - pickup swap, and different strings I am there.

    Honestly I probably would have swapped it but it was a graduation gift from my now wife so I put effort into making it work (Ive always been more of a fender guy).

    Now I cherish that les paul even without the sentimental value as a gift - its just killer and off the shelf every bit as good as a LP standard - just with a thinner neck and crap stock pickups.
     
  17. ck00g

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    I have a 2004 Classic that I love. I swapped the pups for SD Seths (stock pups really did not fit the bill for me), took off the pickguard and changed the truss rod cover. But, I didn't do it to hide the fact that it's a Classic...just didn't like the those particular things. I love the nickel hard wear. For awhile, the inlays bugged me. Now, I hardly ever think about it, let alone care about it. I wish the neck was a tiny bit thicker, but not a deal breaker. It is a killer guitar and plays amazing. Pardon the group shot, but you can see it below.

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  18. Birddog

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    I changed the truss rod cover on my Classic pictured above too. I don't know what it is about that "Classic" lettering, but it just looks sloppy as hell to my eye. Too BIG or something. I switched mine for a plain black.
     
  19. cvansickle

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    I replaced the truss rod cover on mine too. Yeah, there was a "stigma" about it being a Classic. That's gone now.
     
  20. dtube

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    Just picked-up a '91 LP Classic in tranparent red. I have small hands - the slim neck feels great to me. I have a set of WB "Greens" with nickel covers that are going in soon, along with a set of gold/silver reflector knobs. :cool:
    -Darren
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