Others have stated it well, but it really is the sum of the parts/sound/feel. Nothing comes close to a Les Paul.
I learned how to play guitar on a Les Paul - yes, I was very lucky in that regard - so they have always felt like "home" to me and nothing else is as comfortable or sounds the way I...
Regarding your questions, no, nothing can get "stuck" as the guitar's finish prevents anything from contacting the wood.
Virtuoso is great stuff and is used all the time to restore the finish on vintage instruments. No reason to worry.
Not sure what you mean by restored the...
Yeah, it's subjective - everyone's definition of great tone is going to be slightly different.
That being said I guess I go against the grain because I tend to feel the heavy ones do sound better...for me. There is a bite to the tone, particularly guitars with an ebony fretboard, and a...
I have been dreaming of the day they return the Custom to its rightful place, in the USA lineup. I'd buy one instantly if they did this. I don't buy into the Custom Shop hype, I've owned them and eventually sold them all, there is just not enough there to justify the cost.
It's all relative I suppose. But the logic of leaving the instrument you've bonded with behind while performing escapes me. It's like telling Yo-Yo Ma to ditch Petunia because it's too darn valuable to perform with. Makes no sense, as the whole point of the instrument's existence is for the...
Have you seen what people are asking for early Silverburst Customs lately? It's not going to take nearly another 9 years before they are hitting $10k and more IMO.
And they have always been great guitars, there was just that ongoing commonly held "wisdom" that because they were not built just...
Zero point owning it if you don't use it as intended IMO. Nothing worse than a case queen or wall hanger, no matter other variables like age or market value: no guitar is more valuable than it is when making music.
Curious to see what a luther says about this. I've been playing Les Pauls for 44 years and seen some strange things happen to them but never something quite like this. Def looks to me like some kind of liquid got on it.
Same here. I've been playing Les Pauls for over 40 years and one of the attractive things has always been the weight and how they hang on a strap. I like SG's but they are too light and dainty feeling for me.
Yes. That whole "if they didn't do it in the 1950s then it's WRONG" mindset makes me insane. Same goes the obsession with buying a new guitar and modding it cosmetically to try to make it look more "correct" which just means more like how they did them when grandpa started playing.
I'm a fan of the volute. And maple necks. I did things to my '77 Custom back in the 1980's that would turn a normal non-voluted, mahogany-necked Les Paul into a pile of toothpicks and although it lost a lot of paint it never lost its head.