Slash VOS

Discussion in 'Gibson Les Pauls' started by Velvet Roses, May 6, 2008.

  1. Velvet Roses

    Velvet Roses Senior Member

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    I was thinking of picking up a Slash VOS for my birthday, but is it worth it, i mean, I already have the USA...........
     
  2. Velvet Roses

    Velvet Roses Senior Member

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    nakleh Senior Member

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    no. put the money in the bank.
     
  4. irunnoft

    irunnoft Senior Member

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    I wouldn't. For the money, I'd rather have an R9 - closer to specs of actual 1959 LP PLUS long neck tenon. The fact that the Slash VOS doesn't have a long neck tenon makes that a deal breaker for me.
     
  5. armann

    armann Senior Member

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    O.k I have to admit, what in the world is long and short neck tenon :(

    Played Les Pauls 13 years and never thought about that....
     
  6. irunnoft

    irunnoft Senior Member

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    Copied from RecordingReview website:

    "First a history lesson. Back in the glory years of Gibson, circa 1950’s to 1960 the construction method used to join the guitar neck to the body had a long tenon on it. Basically what that means is that the neck went all the way into and under the neck pickup cavity. The neck was longer than the fretboard. The “Bursts” and early Goldtops used this design and many players/collectors are convinced that this method adds sustain and clarity to the guitar by making it more stable and enhancing resonance.

    So let’s fast forward. Until the recent Historic lines came out and now the V.O.S. series Gibson has never made the Les Paul the same way as they did in the “Glory years”. When they left for Nashville the Kalamazoo production was stopped and Gibson changed the neck join method. Now the neck falls short of the front pickup and the fretboard extends onto the body. There is a smaller amount of mass actually holding the neck to the body.

    I really believe that the Long Neck Tenons are superior. The guitars are more resonant with better sustain and more clarity, less “muddy” sounding than the normal Les Paul line and have a better overall tonal balance. It is something you notice more as a player, I don’t think any one in the audience will know, they’ll just know your guitar sounds good. I can really tell the difference when comparing 2 guitars together, one with and one without the tenon. I think the added price is worth it for the improved tonal benefits."


    If you get a chance to play a historic and a standard side by side, you will immediately hear the difference.
     
  7. irunnoft

    irunnoft Senior Member

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    Also, if you already have the USA model, you'd basically be buying the same guitar. The major differences would be mostly cosmetic. If that's the case, I'd probably sell or trade the USA model and pick up the VOS just because I like the look of the VOS much better than the USA standard Slash model. However, if you already love the guitar you've got, I'd probably suggest you put that money towards an R8. For about the same money or less, you could have, IMHO, what amounts to a much better guitar.
     
  8. GibsonSlash

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    I would say, save your money and get the next goldtop slash signature :)
     
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    armann Senior Member

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    Thanks irunnsoft, good to know.

    So do all the R series guitars have long tenon ?
     
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    155 Senior Member

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    no it isnt
     
  11. Mikeeeeh

    Mikeeeeh Senior Member

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    I say its your call and yours alone... Its an exceptional guitar for sure and if you think its a worthy addition to your arsenal then by all means go get it! :slash:
     
  12. ianhobo

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    wow, sorry, but the USA and the VOS are very different. I own a USA, but played the VOS extensively in the shop before I bought the USA. It is very different to the USA. While the neck is advertised as also being a "slash profile" neck, it is different than the usa version. The VOS feel like a much more "solid" guitar, if that makes sense. maybe the weigh relief is different, I'm not sure.
    The tonal qualities of the guitar are better, and picking it up, you know its a custom shop job rather than "just a standard", which is what's its originally based on.

    As with any guitar purchase though, the advice has to be...Go and play one! :) only then will you be able to decide. Maybe bring your USA along with you in order to compare. :slash:
     
  13. Wolf Child

    Wolf Child Banned

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    Nowhere near the same. The VOS is clearly superior in almost every way but it should be for the extra $$.

    As for the short tenon, I don't miss it. My '08 VOS is VERY resonant but that's hit or miss with any guitar. See the link at the bottom for a great explanation.

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/gib...will-make-you-feel-up-your-lp.html#post145985

    Where I'm hooked with the Slash models is the neck profile. That profile should be an option on every LP.

    R8's are very nice too but they are a dime a dozen.
     
  14. jus10

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    I agree they are very different guitars..., but I would call the VOS superior. Yes it has more wood, but that doesn't make it better. I'd just say they are different. For me I prefer the USA to the VOS....


    On a different note...the next set of slash guitars keeps coming up...does anyone have any real info on if / when / what new slash guitars are coming out.
     
  15. Velvet Roses

    Velvet Roses Senior Member

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    I wish I knew...............
     
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    The next Guitar in the series is.......a replica of the one string Acoustic that Slash's Granmother gave him, it will be aged by Tom Murphy and made in the Encore Custom shop!!:slash:
     
  17. Velvet Roses

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    AWESOME TO THE MAX!!
    :wtf:
     
  18. Drayke

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    [​IMG]

    Heres the prototype:slash:
     
  19. Velvet Roses

    Velvet Roses Senior Member

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    I'd but it
    :eek2:
     
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    i have both the USA and the VOS.

    the VOS is, imho, definitely a superior guitar as far as build quality goes. as someone else stated, it feels much more solid - obviously custom shop work as opposed to production line.

    now, not to say the USA isn't a great guitar - since i've had them, i've definitely played that one more than the VOS. tonally, it's more agressive methinks. prolly a result of less wood - so it doesn't quite have the fatter tone the VOS has.

    the neck on the VOS is pretty chunky - not too unlike my R9. if you like the profile on the USA standard, you might not care for the VOS. though, i tend to go for fatter necks - i really, really enjoy playing the USA.

    up to you, dude! here mine are the day they came home from hollywood GC:

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    looooove the top on the USA.
     

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