Plek'd Gibson Les Pauls? How much better?

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  1. mt10

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    Does anyone have a plek'd Gibson Les Paul? Do you think it makes much of a difference? I was thinking about buying a RI Goldtop and was looking at some used ones but also saw that the 2006's are plek'd, I was wondering if it was worth it to go after a new one since they are plek'd. Thanks
     
  2. gregit

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    wth is plek'd?


    nm...google is a wonderful thing.
     
  3. Swirl

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    I've played a couple. 57 Custom VOS and 60 Jr VOS, both hands down the best new Gibsons I've ever played.
     
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    Depends on the particular guitar you are comparing it with. IMHO, go for the best sounding guitar with the best feeling neck. You can get any guitar leveled and dressed anytime you want but a good level and dress (or plek) will never make a bad sounding guitar sound good. It will just sound bad with less buzzing.....;)
     
  5. brent

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    I'm sure the Plek is part of it but the VOS I've played were better than anything I've seen coming straight from Gibson in the past, it's like they suddenly have PRS QC going on
     
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    I'd agree with this. I've played some great pre-VOS, and some great VOS, and some not so great of each as well.
     
  7. MichaelK

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    The internet myth growing around this thing is getting out of control...

    The Plek does a fret job. Nothing more.

    It's a perfect fret job, but it's still just a fret job.

    That would be like choosing your car based on which tires come standard.

    Pick the guitar for the guitar. If you really want to put it on a PLek, you can get it done for a little over $100 at any shop that has one.

    But you might not even need it. If your frets are good, there's absolutely no point unless you love spending money. In which case you should pay me 50% of the money I just saved you with this advice.
     
  8. OldSchool

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    If you really want to put it on a PLek, you can get it done for a little over $100 at any shop that has one.



    Thats the problem!! I think only 5 exist in the United States. If I had one anywhere in my state (Florida) I'd be all over it.


    Man......if I had the dough I'd love to invest in one. In fact I could handle 20% right now. Maybe I should put a team together..............:rolleyes:
     
  9. lv

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    I have a VOS with the plek job. I've owned a dozen or so historic Les Pauls over the years, some with good frets, some that very obviously neede to go back to the factory (and did). If you buy a plekked 06, you are virtually guaranteed to get a guitar that does not need a fret job out of the box. Buy a non-plekked one, and you may have to immediately have a couple frets filed down.

    Lots of other factors to consider when buying a guitar, but my 06 is definitely in the top 3 of the Gibson's I've owned.
     
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    i've been doing perfect fret jobs for over 25 years, am i going to buy a plek machine for my shop?...........................nope
     
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    Makes sense, yet not really relevant to the question.
     
  12. Guitarist

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    Oh, but it is. Plek-wha...?
     
  13. MichaelK

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    That's why we have UPS.

    About buying one: I used to be in the printing business, where I learned that you don't invest significant money in a technology unless you already have enough work to keep it busy all the time.
     
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    My '04 Les Paul R8 is the only guitar I haven't had to bring to the shop for fret work/set up. It was perfect out of the box and it still is.
     
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    The Colonel has been plekking for decades, this is nothing new.
     
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    Just think of all those guitarist that don't surf the web who are actually happy with thier stock gear. Poor bastids, my heart goes out to them :rolleyes:
     
  17. OldSchool

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    UPS? The reason for a PLEK job would be to make the guitar play better..........Not destroy it. :rolleyes:


    Did I mention there is no PLEK in my state or the surrounding states? About 5 in the USA. If You can afford one that machine would be busy 24-7 around here.

    I'm serious...........I've contacted the company and I told them I can get 20% up right now..........if they have any other serious takers or someone looking for a silent partner I'm in. [​IMG]
     
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    How many fret jobs do you do a week as of now, more or less?
     
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    I have owned the same model, same frets and neck profile from same maufacturer plek'ed and non-plek'ed. The plek'ed one seemed to play better to me. IMHO, YMMV .....
     
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    uhhhmm...but after UPS gets done with your guitar, you will need a lot more than fret work!:rotflmao
     

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