Les Paul Classic 1994

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  1. Mats A

    Mats A Senior Member

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    I'm on the Hunt for a 1990's Les Paul Standard but been offered a Les Paul Classic. I wonder how is a 1994 Les Paul Classic compared to a 1990's Standard? It seems to have the ABR-1 bridge.
     
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    tazzboy V.I.P. Member

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    The classic IMO are really good and if like the ABR-1 then you should get the classic cause the ABR-1 was on some of the Classic from its first run 1990 to 2008.
     
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  3. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    It should have the 496R / 500T "Hot Ceramics" in them, so a blues machine it probably ain't - at least not in stock form. Same pickups are in the 2016/17 Flying Vs and Explorers, plenty reviews on YT.

    I've done quite a bit of research about those pickups the last few days because I want to put them in my Epiphone Explorer. From what I hear, those pickups aren't bad - underrated even, but probably better suited to harder styles of music.

    Still, if you like the guitar, but not the pups, swapping them out is half an hour of work, if even that.
     
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    mudface Senior Member

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    I could be wrong,... doesn't the early classics have the long tenon as well?
    And the green inlays.....
     
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    ToneasaurusRex Senior Member

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    I know many people say "there's no such thing as 'good years' and 'bad years' " but the 1990s Classics have a great reputation.
     
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    tazzboy V.I.P. Member

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    Yes on the Green Booger snot inlays. But I don't know about the long tenons.
     
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    I don't really mind the greenish inlays. I would rock a Classic with those. I think the whole package makes up for the slightly unattractive inlays.
     
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    2manyGuitars Senior Member

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    Count me as another fan of the Classic. After a pickup swap, my 2001 has become my number one. It's outlasted an R8, a Custom Shop SG, a couple of LP Standards and a pair of PRS's.

    Hands down the best guitar I've owned.
     
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    Christosterone Premium Member

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    I love classics above all others...
    It's my number one...

    I don't know why, by my 07 with 496/500 setup sounds exactly like this...like exactly and I play tons of blues based music...
    Heck, I play a terrible version of this exact solo :naughty:



    -Chris
     
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    87magnumii Junior Member

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    IMG_0785.JPG Here is my 1993 Classic. It's a bad dude. The 496/500 pickups are nasty to stay the least (in a good way)!! Plays like a dream, i don't play my other guitar anymore. Tones are very versatile even with the hot pickups. Play with the volume and tone some and you can get some very nice sounds from mild to wild
     
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    tazzboy V.I.P. Member

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    I don't mind the greenish inlays either. Although I am not big fan of the ceramic pickups.
     
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    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    So do the Standard's.
     
  13. Metal Guru

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    I've got 3 Classics; a mint '92, a '94 gold top and a '98 trans amber.
    The best feature on the Classics is the thin neck (if you like thin necks). The worst feature, IMO, are the stock pickups.
    The '92 weighs a little over 8 lb, has a slightly smaller vintage style headstock and has "Les Paul Model" between the tuners. I believe starting in '93 the headstock get a little bigger, the guitar got heavier and the headstock says "Les Paul Classic" on it.
    I've gone to Duncans on the '94 and '98 (Alnico 2 and 59's, respectively) but I've left the '92 stock.
    I really love these guitars and never consider buying any other model.
     
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    How could one reach green boogers if not for long tenons?
     
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    MSB Senior Member

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    the early classics are great, if you can take a thin neck- even if you don't like the pickups, which are underrated imo, that's an easy enough swap
     
  16. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    I agree they are great models but limiting yourself to Classic's only is your loss.
    There are other great guitars out there.
    But then again if you're into those "thinner" necks...
    After 2002 the Standard's came with a choice of '59 rounded or '60 Slim taper necks
    so you could go for a Standard of that production era. Great guitars also.

    I always interpreted the "Classic" label as "vintage" (Blues and Rock) which makes the pickups kind of odd.
    They are good for what they are but they are nothing close to a "Classic" tone.
    But as you say, they are easy to swap.
    For me the right moves on a Classic is Duncan's '59s (or that type of pups from any vendor)
    and a blank truss rod cover! On a Honeyburst, goes without saying...
    :D
     
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    When the classic was first introduced it acutally costed more than a standard.
     
  18. Metal Guru

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    I've got small hands so I play a little faster on the Classics.
    So 2002 to ?
    Looks like I will be doing some research.
    Thanks for the tip.
     
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    I brought home an '05 Classic gold top a couple of nights ago and got the strings switched out last night and plugged it in. The tone with both pickups selected was nice but man I can't really use that bridge pickup as it is. The guitar itself is frickin' beautiful and I'm in love...no shit....it's love. lol

    So I'll be looking at what people are putting in for a nice mix of alternative/classic rocks tones (think James Honeyman Scott meets Pete Townshend and they have a love child with Johnny Marr working the video camera). Maybe an SD Custom 5 or Antiquity Humbucker....hmmm

    and I'm liking the greenish inlays, fwiw :)
     
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    barchiola Senior Member

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    I fell into that exact line of thinking, I thought classic as in versatile
     
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