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  1. gball

    What Is It About The Les Paul That Makes It Special?

    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...
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    Polish a LP studio, afraid it get stuck in the wood

    First, welcome. 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...
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    Heavy or light versus tone?

    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...
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    Poll: Should Gibson add the Melody Maker to the Original Collection?

    No for me. I think the Juniors are as low as they need to go.
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    Should Gibson bring Les Paul Custom back to Gibson USA line?

    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.
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    Jake Kiszka's Busted '61

    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...
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    Identification marks?

    That's possible too, but probably not as likely if history is a guide. Either way I will always love them.
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    Identification marks?

    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...
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    Here is my refinished Les Paul after 4 months of UV exposure.

    While it's interesting that the experiment "worked" I still can't understand the appeal of artificially aging something.
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    In praise of The New Originals!

    I couldn't be happier with my two "Originals" and planning to add a third (the new Deluxe) as soon as I can get my hands on one.
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    Jake Kiszka's Busted '61

    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.
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    2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional finish issue.

    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.
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    What is your "Beater Guitar"

    Mine is my Les Paul Special. Mostly just because it's so light and easy to grab anytime or take anywhere. And it doesn't hurt that it's (relatively) inexpensive.
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    Flamboyantly Unique Silverburst Custom

    That breaks my heart :(
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    " Show me What you Have "

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    Show your Custom!

    Updated pic of my '79
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    Weird things we love about Les Pauls

    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.
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    Weird things we love about Les Pauls

    Me too! The finish they are using on the new Deluxe is called 70s Cherry Sunburst. It's a bit more abrupt in the transition but not quite full-on clownburst. I wish they had gone full clown.
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    In praise of volutes

    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.
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    In praise of volutes

    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.

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