Best LPs ~$2000

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  1. gokuangus

    gokuangus Senior Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to buy a used Les Paul in the $2000 range but I'm having a hard time figuring out the best years, models, etc. Too much contradictory information out there essentially. I know it can be a very subjective topic but was wondering if anyone could recommend a handful of models I should look at within this range. I prefer burst finishes over solid colors but love black guitars with gold hardware.

    I know I'm not giving you guys a ton of info to work with but any general advice is appreciated. I'm driving myself crazy looking through the site for info!

    Thank you all!
     
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  2. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    There are no "best years". Problem solved.

    Now go find one that looks and feels good. How it sounds probably matters also, but lets face it... how it looks and feels seems to be more important around here.


    As proof of that, you'll find 5,000 pictures of a Les Paul on this site, for every soundclip or video played and posted by a member.

    If I were in your shoes, I would run this query every four hours:

    http://www.mylespaul.com/search/member?user_id=6883&content=thread

    In my years here, I've never seen better guitars/prices in any store, or any other online resource. @guitaraddict is a great seller, with a well-deserved reputation here.


    In the last few months, you could have had these, for your $2000 (usually with hundreds left over):

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    And... since you mentioned black and gold..... you could have snagged this, too (sick, isn't it?):
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  3. 2manyGuitars

    2manyGuitars Senior Member

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    +1 on shopping the classifieds here. Great deals and even better sellers. Should be able to do very well for $2000 or less.
     

  4. gokuangus

    gokuangus Senior Member

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    Thank you for the input Who. Really appreciate it! I guess what I'm trying to find out is if there's anything in particular that I should be keeping an eye out for. By best years I mean years where construction was top notch, etc. It seems Gibson has been having some QC issues recently....trying to avoid other years where that might have been the case, etc.

    Best bang for the buck in that range is perhaps the better question? I don't have too much extra time to go and try guitars out unfortunately so just want to see what I should focus on, if anything.
     

  5. gokuangus

    gokuangus Senior Member

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    Didn't see the pics before the second post. They're all beautiful! Definitely keeping an eye on the classifieds section.

    That last one is killer...
     

  6. filtersweep

    filtersweep Senior Member

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    There is a huge variety of neck profiles. Start there.
     
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  7. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    There are plenty of great LPs from all years...and a few dogs from all years too.

    If you're talking about which years to stay away from completely, for me it would only be the 2015 LPs....fat neck and stupid Les Paul sig. on the headstock!
     
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  8. bossaddict

    bossaddict @david.beason on IG Premium Member

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    Look for a used G0. If you keep your eyes open, you can get them for not much more than $2K.
     

  9. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    I sold this Prehistoric to a fellow forum member for two grand:

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    There are some stellar deals on here, no doubt.
     

  10. XpensiveWino

    XpensiveWino Senior Member

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    Yeah, G0's and R7's pop up around that range if you keep an eye out. Hell, post a WTB and see what comes your way. Some serious deals in our classifieds. If you like big necks go R7, if you like slim necks G0's (R0's).

    There's a multitude of other really great options at that price, but you asked for my recommendation ; )

    ...and no joke about the note on @guitaraddict above, he has the best deals on top rate stuff. I don't ask questions when it comes to his stuff...

    Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
     
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  11. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Still no 'good years' even narrowing down to any one aspect. QC has been 'suspect' for a long time, and is no worse now than the last 10 years or so - but it depends on how OCD you are. The worst horror stories are usually by people who think guitars should be cookie cutter items.......but even if you went back to the 50's you'd most likely find the guitars of now light years better in terms of consistency of construction.
    More $$ gives you more bling. Studio level guitars look 'bland' by comparison, but is essence are constructed the same way as anything further up the line.
    The only selection comes with reissues. Past that the wood is not sorted in any way. So you have as much chance of an excellent guitar or crappy one with any LP in the line. Then you have the personal stuff like neck shape and colour. Anything else is easily swapped for tonechasing.
     

  12. TheZ

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    I'm a big proponent of play before you buy. Play as many as you can until you find the one that feels right. You might find one for far less than that, or more than $2k but wort the cost. Your ears and fingers will tell you more than model names, years, or specs ever could.
     
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    For 2K, you can pretty much buy what you dream of when it comes to a lester, it's important to remember it is what YOU want. Buy from reputable sources that will allow exchanges or refunds, and go for it. The options and sounds on these guitars is immense. Don't sell yourself short, get the dream boat right off the bat~!
     

  14. NJDevil

    NJDevil Senior Member

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    Check all of the online options: Sweetwater, Musician's Friend, Guitar Center, AMS.

    The 2017 Classic T is a great deal and only a month ago many of the sites had deals on '16, and '17 models. I'm not crazy about the color but this one is a great player:

    https://www.americanmusical.com/Ite...&utm_content=coupon&utm_campaign=Lower Funnel

    Look at all those sites as there are nice 0% interest financing options too.
     
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  15. alnico59

    alnico59 Senior Member

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    My advice is do what I did. I bought a 2010 Traditional plus top (flametop) last year. Got a great deal. Then I upgraded the pickups, wiring harness, pots, caps, nut, hardware and plastics. I now have 2,000 into the guitar. But it's everything I wanted but could not find.
     

  16. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    Such STELLAR replies here. The only thing I can add is some info on weight relief (if that matters to you)
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  17. gokuangus

    gokuangus Senior Member

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    Hi everyone!

    Really appreciate all of your input. You guys are awesome. I actually found a good deal on a mint condition 2009 LP Traditional Pro online and jumped on it! Got it on reverb but the shop has a solid return policy just in case...

    Will post pics when it arrives but it's a plain top heritage sunburst (looks a little faded by the pics but LOVING it) :thumb:

    Aesthetically, it looks amazing so fingers crossed it plays as well as it looks.
     

  18. NJDevil

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    I'm impatient but was hoping to see if it came in yet.....We want pics!!!:photos:
     

  19. gokuangus

    gokuangus Senior Member

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    It should've arrived yesterday but the UPS guy ran out time and wasn't able to deliver....:(

    Now it won't come in until tomorrow. Unfortunately, since I'm having it delivered to my folks place, (don't want it showing up at my job) I won't be able to pick it up until next Saturday/Sunday now. Pretty irritating....:run:
     

  20. 1all's Pub

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    I’d go nuts waiting that long extra!!!!!
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    Anyway, congrats. Trad Pros are great guitars! What color?
     

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