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Old 02-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

I was down in the Miami area this week and went to the Guitar Center in Hallandale Beach. While browsing around, this guitar caught my eye...



I believe it's a 2014 exclusive model (no 120th inlay either!) to GC. The thing was beautiful in person and sounded freakin' awesome! Only thing that I didn't care for was the slim neck profile, but otherwise it was a great guitar!

The floor manager got it off the rack and I was able to play it for a good bit. It attracted a crowd around me, and two other guys wanted to take turns checking it out. Everyone remarked how they'd never seen a Les Paul like that before.



The top is really nice in person! Has a flat, thick maple cap and a nice 3D flame effect to it. The back has a belly-cut and has Grover tuners that held up well with play. The humbuckers are a 57 Classic in the neck, and a Super 57 at the bridge. Very good combo, plus they were coil tapped.

Comes with a hardshell case and street price is $1199. Not bad... my wife is going to have to hide my debit card and checkbook from me next month when our tax return comes in!

There isn't a lot of info online yet, but go to your local Guitar Center and see if they have one in stock.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Gibson hits another home run!
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:35 PM   #3
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

This thing has really nice natural binding (from the maple cap) as well. Just really a cool guitar all around.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Hmmmm love the feel of a bellycut... Might need to find an excuse to head into a guitar center.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:21 AM   #5
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Flat maple top?! meh...
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:17 AM   #6
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Meh.

I liked the Bantam series more. At least with those, you got ALL of the apoointments of a regular LP/Custom, but with TWO f-holes.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:22 AM   #7
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

To me a Special is slab body and, no maple top! They shouldn't call it a Special.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:01 PM   #8
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Really like that top!
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #9
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

That looks great! Congrats
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:16 PM   #10
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That looks great! Congrats

I haven't gotten one... yet!

That was a pic I found off a Gibson forum thread.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:22 PM   #11
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

looks cool and the price is not ridiculous plus slim neck!
gonna have to try one.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:38 PM   #12
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Very nice model!
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:10 AM   #13
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

I bought one last week in CT, it plays amazing and I love the overall look. The one thing that is bugging me though, is the dot inlays on the fret boards. Why have they done that? its almost perfect... even the new LPJ has the anniversary inlays and that 480 bucks on amazon. Im torn, the Flame top SH is a great guitar, but the dot inlays are kind of bugging me but I do love the single f hole and its 2 grand cheaper than the florentine. mmmm

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Old 02-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #14
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

I visited Guitar center today looking for some odds and ends and I came across this exact guitar. I'm a Tele Paul player and was attracted to the non arch Top right away. The Flame Top was SICK. This one didn't have a 60's neck , more of a 59' feel to me. I didn't really get what the Push Pulls did (a non feedback mode???) for the F hole? But I was really attracted to this guitar. Very unique and not like all of the other cookie cutter LPs and Fenders up on the wall. And the price was stupid for a Made in the USA guitar......
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

I saw one of these at GC last week, looks fantastic. Didn't get a chance to check it out though
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:01 PM   #16
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

I'm getting serious bouts of pain.......I may have to go back to the store later tonight......... As nice as that one is , the one I'm looking at has an even nicer Top. really a sick looking guitar for the money.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:25 AM   #17
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

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...I didn't really get what the Push Pulls did...

Coil splitters like on newer Standards and Traditional Pro's, I'm betting.
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

nicee..
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

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To me a Special is slab body and, no maple top! They shouldn't call it a Special.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:12 AM   #20
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Coil splitters like on newer Standards and Traditional Pro's, I'm betting.
No of course I get that. These are different on this guitar. The bridge volume knob take high end off. Pull it up and it give a nice roundness to the tone. My take then why have a Tone knob 2 inches away?

The other one I have no idea how it works. Pull the neck volume knob and it engages a "feedback limiter" designed for use with the Fhole holowbody. If someone here knows how that works please explain. Does nothing for tone at store playing volumes.

I spoke to the salesman . If GC lets me place it in the back so I can take advantage of the Presidents day sale coming up I might just grab this thing. There is only one in the store and you have to see this Top.
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To me a Special is slab body and, no maple top! They shouldn't call it a Special.
Oh if you saw it in person you would indeed call it special.
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

Dangit! Just when I was getting some GAS relief, I read here that some of them might have a 50's neck too! Is there no limit to what Gibson won't do to get me to take my credit card out again?!?!? Its that stupid f hole! If it weren't there I wouldn't take much of a look at the Special.
Sheesh. Off to hide my credit cards! [yeah, right] Thanks fellas. Keep posting about this one. NONE in my area yet to go play! Prolly a good thing.
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

^ Would love to know if they have a 50's neck version!
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

i would think they would hold it for you
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^ Would love to know if they have a 50's neck version!
I don't know if they have a specific 59' neck version , but the one I played had a nice neck. Definitely a step up from a SG / ES335 60's neck. I talked to the salesman and I'm getting the Presidents day sale price of $999. With the Gibson Hardshell case. I didn't take it home because he can't write it up until Monday , but its in the back with a sold label on it.

Wait until you see this Top. Can't believe its Made in the USA for under a grand. Its just stupid. Still don't get the Push pulls though.......
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Oh yeah.........and its a Nitro Top! Just stupid..........
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Re: 2014 Gibson Les Paul Special AAA Flame Top Semi-Hollow

You're making me a sad panda right now. I'm tied up with work this week and short on cash. $999 is a great price!
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You're making me a sad panda right now. I'm tied up with work this week and short on cash. $999 is a great price!
I hear ya bud.......GC card 18 months no interest.

I was approved in the store. I just sold a few things........if I can't come up with $1000 over 18 months I need to seriously rethink this whole Guitar hobby thing.
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Here mine with a Black\crème\Black pickguard installed.

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Sweet looking axe man. Congrats!
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