15 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Guitars Comparison

Discussion in 'Vintage Les Pauls' started by nauc, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Tim Fezziwig

    Tim Fezziwig Senior Member

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    55-59-76- 59 sounds "strongest." 76 really "cuts through." I don't really like the players-weak right hands. I want more chunka chunka.
     
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    The video proves what I've long suspected...gold hardware makes the tone brighter and richer sounding.

    I dig that 55 black beauty with the staple pup...makes me a little nipply.
     
  3. Greco

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    They need to turn them all up a bit in my opinion. Playing all these guitars with the pickup volume on 1 kind of defeats the point. That said, I think somethings wrong with those Norlins. They are clearly broken. The 57 blew some stinky wind too. The modern ones were suitably "Meh". The 59 had the magic and the 58 had balls. I also like the p90 ones. But all were too polite sounding. My p90s would make that amp explode.
     
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  4. Tim Fezziwig

    Tim Fezziwig Senior Member

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    G, I was playing my Hamer P90 the other day. It was rude. I may buy a Tele with P's.
     
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    Now let's hear 'em with the pick gaurds off...... And top wrapped......
     
  6. Tim Fezziwig

    Tim Fezziwig Senior Member

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    They should have played Whole Lotta+Welfare Mothers+ Louie Louie---no energy!
     
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  7. Malikon

    Malikon ジャンプアップ V.I.P. Member

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    they sound like...


    ..Les Pauls.

    :D
     
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    That guy is awesome. I love his Marshall videos where he compares vintage JMP's. He is nuts on quality gear.
     
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  9. MikeyTheCat

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    Holy crap, all those Les Pauls sound like Les Pauls!
     
  10. MikeyTheCat

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    I just saw your post, obviously we agree. I listened to it blind the first time through and outside of volume level changes they all sounded like Les Pauls. Even the P90 ones.
     
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  11. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    As you can clearly see on the pic, the '59 is bigger.
    Case closed.

    Oh, there's audio?
    No '92 so it's irrelevant.
     
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    I wanna know how he gets that kind of access....To that Marshall wall AND those guitars....

    It must be a much smaller community over in Sweden, they are a lot more trusting too I think...
     
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    the one that sounds like a Tele on steroids. :laugh2:
     
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  14. Dilemma

    Dilemma Loud Pipes Ruin Naps Premium Member

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    The Dilemma sound test was conducted as follows;

    Started watching and got about three guitars into the comparison. Then I restarted the video and drug it to my second desktop screen and just listened without the visual aspect clouding my opinions. The only one that wasn’t particularly pleasing to my ear was the ‘73. The others were all similar, just variations.

    So who the IS that guy anyway that he has access to all these?
     
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    Those PAF pickups came darn close to the P90 sound.
     
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    That poor 73 needs to be old yeller'd.
     
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  17. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Wasn't it the whole point?
    Without the noise.
     
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  18. MikeyTheCat

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    I think that's at least a safe assumption. From what I understand the 57 Classics are made to the original spec and the ones in my Les Paul, both are the same, are in that P90 tonal territory. So much so that I often roll the bridge tone down some to give it some girth.
     
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  19. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    53-58-69-76.

    it's nice to hear them like that but in a band situation,
    the rounder tone guitars might not cut through as well as the more mid-y ones
    which don't sound as good by themselves but really cut through the mix.
    :hmm:

    If I have to narrow it down,
    53-58.
    GT and ballsy Sunburst.
     
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    the 59 hade the nices sounding pickups to me 58 was close
     

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