Should I buy this Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by brainhurricane, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. brainhurricane

    brainhurricane Member

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    Hey Guys -

    Local music store has a brand new 2014 Les Paul Studio in Manhattan Midnight. Looks great, feels great, sounds great, $750 - worth it?

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  2. brainhurricane

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    Also, I'd like to say that I've never owned a Gibson - I've owned Epi Les Pauls, but got rid of them pretty quickly. I'm a Fender-style guy, but obviously I (like everyone else) want the Les Paul sound in my stable.
     
  3. mschafft

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    What's not to like about this deal? I'd hit it.
     
  4. brainhurricane

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    I would've snagged it when I was there earlier but I am very out of touch with the Gibson world and assumed it was a sub-studio model for the price they're asking.
     
  5. groovington

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    If I would've walked into the same music store you did, I would've spent $750 today. You should buy it, if you like the way it feels, plays, and sounds.
     
  6. Stonesy

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    Go back and check it out for a few minutes.
    Do some stuff with your smartphone.
    Look quickly at the frets & finish for defects, real or not.
    Frown just a little bit.
    Ask about case, specials etc. but not about a deal on that axe.
    Leave store for an hour or so.
    Return and offer $105, $135 or $145 off.
    An oddball number ending with a 5 works well.
     
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  7. mesa/kramer

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    Thats a pretty good pricre for new

    Do It
     
  8. starkey

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    She's purty ! At that price if you can afford it and she sings - go for it
     
  9. slogger

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    I'd buy it in a heart beat! I love that finish!
     
  10. daacrusher2001

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    You say you are a fender style guy...me too, so what I'll tell you is you may hardly use it. I have a great LP, a Traditional, I almost never play it. I just always drift back to my strats or my Grosh EJ. I really don't know why I don't play it more, it sounds really good.

    On the flip side, for $750 you really can't go wrong if it's in good shape. I don't really know that model, so no idea if it's a good/fair price, it's just not a lot of money.
     
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    I thought I was a Fender guy till I got a SG. Once you use the Gibsons independent vol and tone controls to its full potential, you feel limited on a Fender.
    The only big downside to a LP is the weight.
     
  12. supercreep

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    some black plastic on that would look pretty good too
     
  13. MKB

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    1. Does it make you want to play for hours?

    2. Does it sound interesting when played clean through all pickup positions?

    3. Is the weight OK?

    4. Any out of normal fret buzz?

    If the answer to all of the above is yes, you should get it. Most other issues can be dealt with later on.

    IMHO an Epi will get you 90% of the way to a Gibson, but only Gibsons have their own specific vibe, even the less expensive ones. Also there are lots of Gibson LP's that are flat sounding and unresponsive. If the OP's guitar is one of the lively responsive ones, it would be worth 2X the price at least. A great Gibson LP is a very wonderful thing.
     
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    I am a "Fender guy" as well but have always loved the look and feel of LPs.
    I have owned several standards, 335s ans a 345 but have never liked the sound.
    Lately i found a very bright LP traditional that is surprisingly "fender-like" in sound. I added a Diamond boost-eq to my pedal board and now i like the sound. The treble boos / mid cut is really the key for me.
     
  16. 73Fender

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    Yeah, if it's a good one you haven't got much to lose on it. Maybe play a few other more expensive ones, you may be pleasantly surprised that the Studio hangs with them.

    If it falls through, I'm a fan of early 90s Studios..the ones with the Ebony boards. They pop up pretty cheap.
     
  17. Last

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    Even though this one is a Studio model, it's far from their bottom line Studio.

    Maple Cap, light flame, high gloss finish.

    If this comes with a hard shell case it's certainly a good price if you like the way it plays and sounds.

    Looks nice though.
     
  18. drbob1

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    That's a very good price. Most Studios around here sell for $700ish used, often with some wear. So, new, at $750? Go for it.
     
  19. dubdub

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    If you have to ask, the answer is almost always no.

    You just answered it here as well. Think if why you got rid of your previous Les Pauls, and you'll find your answer again.
     
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    now what does the little man inside you say.you gotta listen to the little man !!!
     

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