What features do you wish a Les Paul had (and doesn't)

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  1. 57special

    57special Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm going to be building a few LP's and LP Specials (hobby), and a friend was saying that he wished that there was a LP with a Fender (long) scale. I'm thinking of doing a LP Special with an Alnico pup in the neck, and possibly a coil tap or out of phase switch for a thinner sound, but besides that i've always considered the LP Special to be about perfect. I do like the feel of ebony boards, also, like on LP Customs. Other than that, i like both models as is . Perhaps some other wood combinations would dleiver some tonal magic (i.e. Walnut top or back)?

    Any ideas? i would be very interested in any new ideas, or a combination of old ideas not tried before.
     
  2. Hackubus

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    As a LP guy from way back, a contoured heel would be very nice IMHO.
    Other than that, I find LPs to be pretty much THERE already for me.
     
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    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    A tremelo/whammy bar that's different from a Bigsby



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    Thwap Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd agree it's pretty much there. I do like the Walnut top with an Ebony board. I believe that would be a beautiful combination visually.

    Maybe a coil tap/onboard preamp/piezo...it's probably all been done before, but that shouldn't stop you.
     
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    carbon fiber or maple reinforcements at the headstock area, SS frets.
     
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    My Slash LP has a piezo, with a 3-position switch that lets you choose magnetic pup only, blend, or piezo only.

    A coil split feature, using a push-pull knob, would be really cool.
     
  8. whitehall

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    I would move the toggle switch to the bottom, like the SG. Over the years there have been different models where this was done but it never caught on in the Std. and above line.
     
  9. Chiba

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    Contoured heel.

    Light weight.

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    Contoured heal, light weight 6lbs, carbon reinforced back and neck, hard stainless frets, 6 on a side locking tuners, no fret markers on the front, and 25.5 scale.


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  11. Yossi

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    A bone nut should come standard. I put one on both my R9 and my classic. It makes a big difference.
     
  12. cvansickle

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    How about contouring the back and top like a Strat?

    I've played a Les Paul for 26 years, and it's always been my main guitar and favorite. Two weeks ago, I got an SG. After playing the SG for a little while, the LP feels bulky when I strap it back on!
     
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    Heel. If anything.

    No coil tap. You don't play a Les Paul for Coil sounds. It's pretty much perfect as it is.
     
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    A volute. Such a simple change but no....
     
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    Hmm lets list

    PRS Headstock Angle, 13degrees i believe
    Brazillian and Ebony Boards optional
    Nicer flames and quilts for the money
    25 scale option
    one tone and one volume controll
    coil tap
    Seymour Duncan option
    Tone Pros Bridge
    Graphite or Bone Nut
    Long neck tennon on all Models
    Better finishing/craftsmanship
    Locking Tuners
    Stainless Steel Frets
    Real Inlay material
    Tremolo Option
    Neal Schon Neck Heel sculpting on all models
    Maple Neck Models
    Make Them CHEAPER!
     

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