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Weight relieved Les Paul size, Gibson scale, & cheap

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bobmc, May 2, 2016.

  1. bobmc

    bobmc Supporting Member

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    Post spinal fusion surgery has me looking for guitars I never existed (or possibly don't).

    My beloved ancient Samick 'Les Paul Studio' (sorta) is killing me now; been looking at the Gretsch G5435 only because I knew of them.

    Any other bottom feeder, Gibson size/scale recommendations?
     
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    I have a Gretsch 5438 gold top that I installed Lollar Imperials into (the pickup routing fits full sized humbuckers). It's an excellent guitar - the stock pickups are nice but definitely on the brighter, twangier side of the spectrum, and the Lollars brought it closer to Gibson territory. It's still airier and brighter than your average Les Paul, but I'm very happy with it. Also, the Lollars are pretty clear sounding; I'm sure darker, fatter sounding pickups would work great, too.

    Edited to add: it's under 8 pounds, which is light for a Les Paul styled guitar, but not a featherweight instrument. I don't know how light you would need it to be.
     
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    edwarddavis Silver Supporting Member

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    I have not fs
    vantage lp copies sound play great , Ibanez lp standard copies great guitars
     
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  5. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Supporting Member

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    The weight relived LP studios from 2008 or so are real light.. At least some of them..7 lbs... The old weight relief took out more wood from the body.. The new weight relief ones have more wood and are therefore heavier..
     
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    The Gibson Les Paul Tribute series has weight relieved bodies. I had one of the '60s ones with P90s for a while and it felt almost bizarrely light for a Les Paul as it was a little under 8lbs. You can find them used in the $650 range. Looking on Sweetwater is looks like they all hover around the 8 to 9 lb range, so you could try to find one of them that's on the lighter side.
     
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  7. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different!

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    You could always go with a LP special or Jr.
     
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    Bottom feeder? ESP LTD 256. LH-150 pickups aren't terrible, but a quick pickup swap to something like 36th anniversaries will make this guitar sound far more expensive than it is.

    Sunburst finish is currently on sale for $299 from MF.
     
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  9. Mpcoluv

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    Epiphone Les Paul ES?
     
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    For some reason, I have yet to warm to that look. I love my Tele thinline, but Les Paul + F holes makes me lil woozie.
     
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    so. . . not the epi 339?
     
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    Hmmm, not sure why I didn't think of that...
     
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    Didn't Epiphone make the Ultra series that had chambered bodies? It wasn't a semi-hollow per se but just chambered out.
     
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    How about an SG. Considerably lighter and similar vibe.
     
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    If you can find a good one, the Epiphone WildKat is an interesting guitar.
     
  16. bobmc

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    I am shaped approximately like a coffee cup (or so my kids say), this may be why I have never been comfortable with the SG.
     
  17. Bluesidae

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    I will second the Les Paul Tribute. Very light, awesome tone (P90) and Gibson quality... For a very good price!
     
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    I have a 06 Faded LP Special with Pearly Gates that is lightweight and a killer guitar.. A Faded SG Special would be cool as well.
     
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    Occasionally a ES-139 will pop up cheap on Ebay. A little larger than a Les Paul, but semi-hollow and lightweight.
     
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    Rather than buying a different guitar....perhaps a different way of supporting it would help your back?

    I tried a harness-style guitar strap at a NAMM show a few years back; the design disperses the guitar's weight evenly across both shoulders and makes the guitar feel significantly lighter....almost as if it's simply hovering in front of you.

    http://www.slingerstraps.com/harness-strap-guitar-strap.html
     

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