15 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Guitars Comparison

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

  1. RAG7890

    RAG7890 Premium Member

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    The greatest PAF sound is a great Set of P90’s IMHO. That is what a Humbucker is supposed to represent, P90’s sans the noise.

    Best Set of Vintage PU’s I have are 1958 P90’s.

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  2. Nard

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    57, 59 & 69. But hey I’m not fussy I’ll take em all.
     
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    Great video from Johan Segeborn playing Les Paul guitars from 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, Norlin era, and a couple of reissues, through an original ‘59 Fender Bassman. Enjoy! I certainly did.

     
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    52, 53, 2008 , 57 in this order. I would expect the bursts to sound better in comparison. They are damn good but not in all riffs.
    73 on the other hand.... oh...
     
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  6. PierM

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    No love for neck pups. :dunno:
     
  7. Kaicho8888

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    Definitely, would like to have all that collection in my cave!

    I immediately turned off my monitor and just listened to the audio with headphones... must be ear fatigued; I can only differentiate playing style...LOL. Although, some had a little brighter tone...maybe pickup types or pickup adjustments.

    I then replayed it with the monitor on... LOL... I find two different players. Also, I can hear better subtle differences. So does that mean I hear with my eyes? Or my eyes influences how I hear with preconceived bias.

    Either way, I would love to spend hours playing each one. I'm sure sound and playability influences preferences.
     
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  8. Shadow Explorer

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    I think most listen with their eyes.
    The only guitars that their sound was consistent with all the licks, were the p90s ones and the 2008 did pretty well.
    The rest to my eareyes sounded hit and miss according to the tune that was played on them. Some more than others.

    On the other hand, I do not have the "burst complex", Nor I have any special appreciation for the Players\Tones that made them sought after. To me they are just good guitars, as good as any Gibson can be throughout the years.:dunno:
     
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  9. PierM

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    Yeah, I honestly didn't had any WOW popping in my head, for any of those guitars. Also many of those that are typically considered the bible of the Pauls, where really quacky, but I agree this is mostly because of the playing stiles and tunes.
     
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  10. jktxs

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    58, 68, 69, 08 in no particular order.
     
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    Loved the 52 and 53. The 2008 should quiet people that assume modern Les Paul can't hold a candle to vintage ones.
     
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    the three that sound the best are 58, 59 and 60..
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    I was torn between the '52 - '53. Both had things I liked, but leaned more towards the slightly fuller low mids of the '53.

    Liked the '60 the best out of all the bursts (seemed the most balanced) The '59 left me feeling underwhelmed. Sounded like it had old strings.

    I thought the '08 held up considerably well.
     
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    I must mention, that the 68 Custom is a 69 too, cause it has no dot over i on logo and the saddles on ABR are nylon, which first appearerd on Customs in 69.

    The thin and dead sounding 73 perhaps has some problems with pickup or electronics, no way it has such tone with the same adjustments like on other guitars.
     
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    good catch on the dot . but... 68 's also had nylon saddles on the customs gold abr. stock. There are so few true 68 customs to begin with and then 100 % stock surviving , not surprized he does not have one.
     
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    I liked a lot of them. The one that surprised me was the '76. I liked the sound of that one for some reason.
     
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    Get video!

    I have what I believe to be a 1968 Les Paul Custom (Black Beauty). I've had it since 1972. I'm trying to find a clear description of all the differences between the 1968, 1969, and 1970s Les Pauls so I can verify the year. Using the serial number is totally useless. Can anyone help?
     
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    the pickups on the 73 were probably set too low (or as prog said something wrong with the electronics).. no way in the world such differences even exist between guitars.
    I am not a fan of these youtube tests although that's all we have...you have to not only be there live in the same room to hear a difference but you also have to play the damn guitars to make a valid assessment as to tone.
    maybe its only me but played live even two Korean squires will sound different to each other.
     
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    I just had a few of my Paul's set up because of lost tonality. Every one of them needed the pickups raised. That opened up the sound on each of them with a day and night difference. The 57, 69, 73, 85 ,95 and 02 all greatly improved with the pickups properly adjusted.
     
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    I really like the first two ('52 and '53) with the P90's - that Bassman amp and that combo just had some sparkle that got me.
    The '57 and '58 sounded great, for me the '59 through to '69 sounded a bit flat and not very characterful.
     

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