No guitar I’ve sold, packed, and shipped myself has been damaged in transit.
I’ve received an Epiphone Les Paul Modern with a broken headstock, but it was poorly packed from a fairly large online seller.
I’ve received a PRS SE Hollowbody II with a cracked headstock too. This one was well...
Mine (which I recently sold to fund a different Gibson) was a one-piece slab. Vintage cherry finish so very easy to see the wood and verify that it was just one slab. It was also just under 7.5 lbs and felt great. Happy with my decision but I definitely do miss it.
Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. I forgot to mention it weighs in at 9 lbs 4 oz, so it feels solid but is nowhere near some of the 10+ lb Standards I see pop up online regularly.
Here are a few pics of the two Gold Tops together. The tops and boards are pretty similar, but the difference...
Around this time last year I picked up a 50’s Standard Gold Top. As I’ve become obsessed with that guitar and love everything about it, I decided to pick up a new 50’s Standard P90 to match! It’s actually been a couple weeks since I received it, but just getting around to sharing now.
The current LP Specials from at least 2019 and on are mahogany necks and gloss finish. The guitars pictured in this thread are LP Special Tributes with maple necks and matte finish.
OP, if you want the all mahogany with P90s, get an LP Special. I love mine and would highly recommend.
If I were looking for an affordable LP that feels and sounds like an LP, I’d just get a current Tribute. I got mine for a bargain used, but then also stupidly let it go for a good deal (to the next buyer). Great guitar that was 100% LP, just no gloss or binding.
I think this whole dilemma is why I like gold tops. And still plenty of grain to admire on the neck, back and sides.
Edit: to the OP, I don’t think the new one is worth the swap. I’d keep what you have.
But…the two guitars are not the same exact dimensions…is the point. The difference in thickness affects… the angle where it rests on the neck support…in the standard LP case. It’s discussed a little here: https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/les-paul-special-hard-case.347742/
Do with the info...
I personally don’t have to have perfectly matched sides or even grain patters. I actually like some unique patterns or marks in plain tops. But I wouldn’t like looking at a top where half was flamed and half was pretty subdued. Unless I got a good deal or it had something very special about it...
My 2019 Standard Gold Top was bought new, but it was about 18 months old from the factory when I got it. TKL case and the guitar still has the signature smell.
My 2021 Special was bought new, a few months old from the factory, Costa Rican case, no smell at all really.