Why don't I just be happy with my Les Paul?

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  1. The Interceptor

    The Interceptor Member

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    My Strat sounds too thin, especially the bridge pickup.

    The Tele is ok but lacks the quack of the Strat.

    My SG has a simple tone but is a little bland without gain behind it.

    Then I play my trusty old 2008 LP Studio (worn brown faded, my wife bought it for me new) - and it's just great. Fat tone, brilliant with gain and interesting enough clean tone. Plays nice too. Why don't I just focus on the LP, and forget the rest? It fills in all of the holes missing with the other guitars. I'd save money this way too...
     
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    jerryfan6 Silver Supporting Member

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    Because that would be boring? :dunno
     
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    Mpcoluv Supporting Member

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    Because you need a single coil tone every now and then?
     
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    Without something to compare against, you wouldn't know that you liked it better!
     
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  5. Turi

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    'cuz you a noob

    'cuz you a gear slut
     
  6. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    You need a guitar with P90's!
     
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  7. Che_Guitarra

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    I'm gonna tell you straight - Perth is Tele town my friend.

    I don't care if you're Leo from Freo, or if you're Swan Valley Mustang Sally... just take that Les Paul to the edge of town where it belongs.
     
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    Yep, a LP with P90's
     
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    I've got....

    Fender CS Strat
    Gibson Faded Flying V
    Gibson SG std
    Custom made Tele
    Gibson LP std
    Gibson Faded LP Special with Pearly Gates

    But the only guitar I play for every song in my two bands is the LP Special.
    Out of the lot it's the best sounding and very versatile. Nice and light and the controls on a LP fall under my hands and feel very intuitive.
    I usually bring the LP Std as a backup and play the rest at home as much as possible but it doesn't bother me at all that I play mostly the Special, because, well it's a special guitar :) very clear and articulate and can cop some of the single coil vibe but still get close to the LP Std (without the weight)
     
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    Because you don't have coil-splitting, in which case you wouldn't need the rest. :)
     
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    My LP Special has coil splitting, but on the fly , in a band environment I find them abit useless. I get much more useful clean tones by using the guitar vol.
     
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    Best thing to do is just to embrace what your ears, hands, heart, mind, whatever, are telling you. If you enjoy your Les Paul, then enjoy it unabashedly. Put your other guitars in a closet, under the bed, or anywhere else where they fit and are out of sight and out of mind. You never know what you might enjoy or prefer in the future.

    If you embrace a guitar that you enjoy playing, that you enjoy the sound of, you'll have more confidence in the guitar and in your self. You will just plain play and sound better, and really, isn't that the point of all of this?

    Play the guitar that distracts you the least from your musical and artistic goals. If you're constantly distracted by "why doesn't this sound like this?" Or "why can't this play like this?", you'll never have the confidence to explore the instrument in the way you should be.

    Here's the thing... Guitars are fun, they are a joy to look at and collect... But if you really want to just enjoy playing and expand your musical abilities, sometimes it's best just to find the best guitar for you and pair it with the best amp for you and just play. A lot of the greats, a lot of my personal musical heroes, all played only a handful of guitars on the regular, either due to choice or from necessity, and I think that helped to create a personal identity, a signature approach to the instrument that wouldn't exist had they had constant access to Internet forums and a myriad of gear options. All this discussion is fun, but sometimes it's a distraction from enjoying what you have and from truly advancing.
     
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    How would you save money?
     
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    StevenO said it very well.

    We are bombarded with choices, and consumerism has us conditioned for being on the lookout for the next best.
    This is tied into a perceived happiness when we attain that best.

    Except, there is no finish line. It isn't until we come to peace with this that we move past GAS.




    Excuse me, I need to go look for my next pedal, guitar, amp .....
     
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    I have had this issue with "tone" before. Always looking at what the artists are playing. What is cool and boutique. Then, (pretty recently actually) I said to myself, "If it sounds good, I'll use it." There are so many manufactures making wonderful guitars now overseas (PRS, Epiphone). Again, if it feels good and sounds good to you... that is what matters. I'm pretty sure Hendrix did't care his guitar had horrible feedback and was upside down.
     
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    Because you know in your heart the LP isn't enough for you. Follow your heart!
     
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    There can be only one.



    At at time.
     
  18. The Interceptor

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    1st point: wrong. This is my 3rd Strat - I'm just a slow learner.

    2nd point: right.
     
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  19. The Interceptor

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    Had it on a couple of LPs - bit of a waste of time to be honest.
     
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    Well let's see here...I moved out of Perth for a bit...then I returned; sounds like a certain Thin Lizzy song. Therefore, Les Paul. Done. (Actually I live in the suburbs, so it should be a 1982 era Rush guitar, if Subdivisions is any guide...)

    But just for you, I'll hang on to my Tele. (I was going to anyway)
     
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