Les Paul neck-profile timeline

GibsonLives

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Despite my TGP username, I don't know all that much about Les Pauls; I've only ever owned one, a 1979 25/50 Anniversary model with a really nice neck which felt C-shaped, if I remember correctly, and definitely thinner than the '50s profile, but certainly not a SlimTaper type. One of the best LP necks I ever played was a friend's early-'90s Classic-60 (forerunner to the Classic model, apparently), and that one was SlimTaper. Anyway, although I'm primarily a Strat guy, I'm currently in the market for an LP Custom, and I was thinking about picking up something from the '70s or '80s, mainly because they're cheaper for the most part than a new Custom ($4000? I don't think so!), and will likely hold their resale value better should I need to dump it at some point for luxuries like food and rent (which is the only reason I got rid of the Anniversary model). Can someone "in the know" tell me if '70s LP Customs have generally fat '50s necks or are sometimes closer to the thinner C I remember from my 25/50, or do I need to look at more current models, say '80s or even '90s, if I want something that doesn't feel like a baseball bat? Ideally, I'd love a SlimTaper '60s profile neck, but I'm not sure when they started doing Customs that way, and like I said, a new Custom is just beyond me financially. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
Steve
 

cherrick

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This is so easy ... Given your criteria, gat a Les Paul Classic (so-called 60 reissue).

Cheap.

Learn to live with the garish, green-tint fretboard inlays or get a good luthier to do the simple replacement wit one of the easily available kits. Consider swapping out the wiring harness and the humbuckers. Voila, just what you want.
 

mslmg

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For reference, I recently sold a '74 LP Custom with the slim taper '60s profile. I currently have a '95 LP Special that has a neck profile between a slim taper and a '50's fat
 

GibsonLives

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Thanks, mslmg. As I stated, I've always been a Strat guy, and don't know a hell of a lot about LPs, except for the one I owned...and there was NOTHING typical about that guitar! A SlimTaper is what I'd most be interested in, along with getting something which is a bit less than - and with a greater potential of someday getting at least as much back from it as I paid into it should I ever sell it - a new LP. Knowing that they definitely did thin necks during this period (as opposed to Fender, who made croquet mallet necks throughout most of the '70s) is a definite plus. thanks again...anyone with more info., please buzz in; I would genuinely appreciate any knowledge I can get.
Steve
 


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