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Should I get rid of my les pauls?

Kzin

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I´ve had a trad pro for 1,5 or 2 years but I still havent bonded with it. Something about the feel and the tone I just can´t bond with. It can feel alright, but should a have a that expensive guitar which I only think feels ok? Maybe the neck is too thin or it is too bright

I´ve also have a 06 std for a couple of years. Cant bond with it eiter. Warm tone, but seem to get lost in the mix. Fretboard doesnt feel like it should to me. Dont like the top either.

I´m planing on doing a trade at a local music store with either of the les pauls for a new trad they´ve got. Could be nice of not going thru the hassle of finding a seller.
 

ProII

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Sure, why not? There's nothing magical or mystical about an LP -- unless you're a fan of course, in which case you can't live without one. But for many others they're just a nice, slightly overrated, guitar.
 

Sigmund Floyd

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No, get a better amp or put some Antiquities PAF or such in it. LP's are beasts of tone and are just awesome if you like rock or blues. I have Japanese imitation LP's and I have a hard time getting a bad tone out of them. Les Pauls are IT. And strats are also awesome, btw, lol.
 

guitarz1972

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What kind of amp are you rockin, OP? Maybe just an EQ adjustment or something like that? I play a strat and I love how it sounds; to me LP's tend to sound darker and I think I'd be doing an EQ deal if I played one of those. Do some serious tweaking before you let them go; unless you just know that you dislike those particular guitars.
 

tamader74

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You've got two you state, and you really don't bond with either,...what would be wrong with trading BOTH for one (like a Historic) that you can bond with, maybe you would get a few bucks back to find a 'player' guitar. Yes, there are noted price difference in ANY popular/sought after guitar, making some of the "Lower priced" ones seem 'over-rated'....Especially when you can get a certain guitar like a LP, priced between $1300.-$7000., PRS and a few makers face the same critical 'issue'. Tom
 

serial

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My estimation is, like it or not, you just aren't a Les Paul guy.

If you do a trade, make sure the guitar you're looking at has the elusive qualities you seek.
 

xroads

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I´ve had a trad pro for 1,5 or 2 years but I still havent bonded with it. Something about the feel and the tone I just can´t bond with. It can feel alright, but should a have a that expensive guitar which I only think feels ok? Maybe the neck is too thin or it is too bright

I´ve also have a 06 std for a couple of years. Cant bond with it eiter. Warm tone, but seem to get lost in the mix. Fretboard doesnt feel like it should to me. Dont like the top either.

I´m planing on doing a trade at a local music store with either of the les pauls for a new trad they´ve got. Could be nice of not going thru the hassle of finding a seller.
You need to be more specific - what are the guitars you bond with?

Strats and Teles? -> are you more a single coil person?
Do you have HB guitars that you bond with? -> what kind of wood/construction do they have?

I know plenty of people who re not into HB PUs, and stick with Strats.
 

Kzin

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Well, my trad pro is too bright (accuasticly as well) and I want fatter neck.

My std has a little too big neck, and I dont care for the top at all. Was a little muddy in the mix.

Dont care for how any one of them play. I love everything about my sg std thou. I belive a regular trad would suit me.
 

Kzin

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You need to be more specific - what are the guitars you bond with?

Strats and Teles? -> are you more a single coil person?
Do you have HB guitars that you bond with? -> what kind of wood/construction do they have?

I know plenty of people who re not into HB PUs, and stick with Strats.
I´m a strat guy first and foremost. My favorite guitars are my Suhr S1 and my SG Std. My SG feels and plays like a Gibson should IMO, I havent felt that about my LP´s.
 

Pedal Dan

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I'd also trade the 2 for 1 you like better. Ya gotta have at least one Les Paul!
 

JDutch

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My estimation is, like it or not, you just aren't a Les Paul guy.

If you do a trade, make sure the guitar you're looking at has the elusive qualities you seek.
I'm inclined to agree with Serial. If you know you're a LP guy, then selling one or both of your current LPs to fund the purchase of another may make sense.

However, if you've played several LPs and can't bond with any of them, then maybe it's time to explore some LP alternatives; there're a lot of manufacturers making mahogany guitars with maple caps and dual humbuckers. One of these alternatives may get you close to a LP tone, while addressing some of the perceived shortcomings of LPs.

I, personally, like my LPs, but if I were looking for a LP type guitar that wasn't an authentic LP, I'd get a PRS or a used Grosh Set Neck (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Grosh-Set-N...s-/160889729496?pt=Guitar&hash=item2575c671d8) or (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Don-Grosh-S...r-/180986423952?pt=Guitar&hash=item2a23a1aa90).
 

c_mac

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Sell them. I was a die hard LP guy for a long time but as my playing changed over the years I got to the point where I sold them all and pretty much play Fenders these days.
 

dspellman

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I´ve had a trad pro for 1,5 or 2 years but I still havent bonded with it. Something about the feel and the tone I just can´t bond with.
Trade for whatever you like. But start with a good setup, and consider putting the thing on a PLEK machine (yeah, I know, but Gibson's "Plek" is different from one done by a good tech) and having the frets superglued.

There's also this -- some folks look for The Tone from a single instrument. I've found that if I put away a guitar for a while and play something *else* that I like, the kind of ear fatigue that builds over time goes away (or changes). At that point, I'll often pull out the guitar I've put away and find a whole new set of sounds waiting for me.
 

Kzin

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I think I want atleast one LP. I think its just that the two I have haven´t got the qualities I want in an LP. When I think about getting rid of them some part of my brain says "No, they still have some qualities you like...you´ll lose money if you sell/trade..better to keep them. Put high output pups in one and use it for that." But if I havent bonded with them I might as well trade. Even if its at a loss.
 

Kzin

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They have a trad at my local store. One of the prettiest tops I´ve ever seen. There´s like a small gap between the neck and the body joint on one side. Hard to explain. Like the corner have been rounded a little too much. If its only cosmetic I dont mind. Thoughts?
 

jrjones

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Have you considered a prs? Their wide/fat necks are in between the 50s and 60s necks usually, and your highs will be really clear. You'll also miss out on some back pain later in life from carrying the boat anchor known as a les Paul. Gibson makes a HEAVY guitar.
 






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