Build Your Own Les Paul

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  1. HeartString

    HeartString Slag Eater Premium Member

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    Say Henry just got tossed out of Gibson and you were hired to replace him and you were told the budget only allowed for 5 Models of the Les Paul for production in 2019, what Model and finish recommendations would you give to the board to save the ship from sinking like the Titanic.

    http://www.gibson.com/Products/Elec...USA/Les-Paul-Studio-Deluxe-60s-Exclusive.aspx

    This is one I would recommend.
     

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    JTM45 Premium Member

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    Studio standard with dots
    Custom
    And a build your own option for a Standard for $1400, obviously with limited woods and finishes but electronics and hardware are fair game as long as they're gibson
     
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    truckermde Senior Member

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    Jr DC
    Studio
    Standard
    Custom
    R8
     
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  4. OldBenKenobi

    OldBenKenobi Senior Member

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    Junior (single P90, slab body, no binding, dots)
    Special (dual P90s, slab body, binding, dots)
    Studio (dual humbuckers, carved body, no binding, dots)
    Standard (dual humbuckers, carved body, binding, traps)
    Custom (dual humbuckers, carved body, multiply binding, blocks)
     
  5. Malikon

    Malikon Henshin! V.I.P. Member

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    Why dots on Studio? They look better with Traps.

    Dots for Jrs, Specials, and MMakers,
    ... Dots for flat-tops, and Traps for carved tops. :thumb:
     
  6. MikeyTheCat

    MikeyTheCat Senior Member

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    To top the list would be a new 25 inch scale LP based on the Modern DC Standard with scarf or volute. If successful I would expand it to a Custom and Junior/Special.
     
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    Malikon Henshin! V.I.P. Member

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    You just described PRS

    :laugh2:

    Mlp has informed me that PRS are soulless pieces of shit.
    It must be true i read it on mlp
     
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    MikeyTheCat Senior Member

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    Yup. But why screw around much with the Les Paul when you can come up with a new design that doesn't carry the baggage of the old design or does away with what people like about it?
    PRS and Fender and just about everyone else is free to do new, why not Gibson? And half the time when those other companies do their "new take on a classic" it's a freaking Gibson. A Mira is a riff on a Special, and a Starla or One are riffs on Juniors.
     
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    Gibson are victims of their own success. They promoted the idea of THE LES PAUL ABOVE ALL OTHERS!!!

    so now it's like no one cares about anything else they do, they just want Les Pauls.

    I mean even SG's (which are great guitars) are looked at as 'lesser',..because it's not a Les Paul. Everything Gibson makes other than a Les Paul, is viewed at as 'less than'. And it's 100% Gibsons fault for promoting that idea.

    There are just as many famous people playing SG's. Off the top of my head? That Allman Bros guy, Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Pepper Keenan, ...I'm sure there's a bunch more I'm not aware of. They don't get promoted. They should've put an SG in Phil X's hand and got him onboard, he was playing that ESP-SG rip off for years. Same with the guitarist for Soundgarden who always uses a Guild-SG rip off.

    For 30 years Gibson has trotted out Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Page and Les Pauls as their flagship models and endorsers.

    Now to a ton of people Gibson means, "Les Pauls" and not "Great Guitars."

    The other companies don't seem to have that issue because they didn't just promote one single guitar.
     
  10. LtDave32

    LtDave32 Sua Sponte Super Mod Premium Member

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    This is a great idea for a thread, Kenny.

    What if one could have all their favorite appointments, materials, neck shape, etc etc etc in one LP? What would that look like?

    BYO LP.
     
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    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Gold Top Deluxe with minis
    '63 RI SG
    Black LPC with uncovered Dimarzios
    Firebird with minis
    LP Standard with choice of finishes and pups
     
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    I think you need a bigger candle. :D
     
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    I thought that the Made 2 Measure program was suppose to be that?
     
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    What am I supposed to do if I have more than five?
     
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    I want a Custom Lite with 3 pickups and an ebony board, nickel hardware and a super slim D neck :drool:

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    My wife would probably agree :rolleyes:
     
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    LP Jr DC. slab body, dots, single p90. wrap tail bridge, comes in TV yellow, cherry, and old school Jr burst

    LP special. slab body, dots, two P90s, tuneomatic bridge and stop bar, TV yellow, cherry, black, dark plum, maybe pelham blue

    LP studio, carved maple top on a mahogany slab, traps, two P90's or buckers, tuneomatic and stop bar, faux binding on body, GT, black, wine, alpine white, burst (no clown red, but a nice pretty red)

    LP standard, carved maple top on a mahogany slab, traps, two P90's or buckers, tuneomatic and stop bar,binding on body and neck, GT, Black, Alpine white, 59 style burst and tobacco burst.

    LP custom, carved maple top on a mahogany slab, traps, two or three buckers, tuneomatic and stop bar, binding on top and bottom of body, neck, and headstock, Black, alpine white, 59 or tobacco burst.

    edited to add: customs get an ebony board and gold hardware as well.


    Any historics/RX's, whatevers are limited runs from the custom shop that runs as it's own business unit out of Kal, MI.
     
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    I think they're talking about getting a guitar built for like $2k,..not like $10k

    :laugh2:
     
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    I would offer a Jr., a Studio, a Traditional, a Standard, and a Custom.
    ‘50s neck on the Jr. and Traditional, ‘60s neck on the Studio and Standard, and both for the Custom.
    The Custom finishes would be the traditional Alpine White or Ebony, the Jr. in TV Yellow, Alpine White, Red, and Sunburst, the rest would come in HCB, GT, Ebony, Tobacco/Desert Burst, and Honey Burst.
    RW fretboards for all except the Custom which would have the option of Ebony for a reasonable up charge.
     

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