2018 Gibson Brazilian Les Paul Standard Thread

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CME #27 Green Lemon





Thank you for these pictures. I think it's a good decision by Gibson Custm to use these replica cases for all Historic models now. They always look great in photos.

Yes, there's the support-and-fit aspect, but I think it adds to the experience. Although the lining probably should be a bit more on the pink side. Anyway… wonderful Les Paul, of course.

CME's spec obviously includes the tinted top coat.
 

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Some of these images are probably reportable for being pornographic ;)

Some stunning instruments on here, people, and congratulations to the OP for your new guitar!

I'm one that really isn't sure what the difference / deal is with Brazilian Rosewood and how it's different to Indian - tone, colour, characteristics, etc - no idea. It might be a noob question, but if someone could tell me what said deal is, it'd be appreciated.
 

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Great looking 2018's gentlemen!! Thanks for the reviews. And lastly, great to be back on this great forum! Been gone too long.
 

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I'm one that really isn't sure what the difference / deal is with Brazilian Rosewood and how it's different to Indian - tone, colour, characteristics, etc - no idea. It might be a noob question, but if someone could tell me what said deal is, it'd be appreciated.
short answer: Brazilian was the type of rosewood used on the original Les Pauls. Indian was not. :yesway:

Long answer: Brazilian rosewood is endangered so it's rare and expensive. Within species, there is lots of variation; you can have high quality Indian & Madagascar that rivals the best Brazilian. All wood (even among the same species) is different so it's difficult to make blanket statements. In general there has been some concern about both the quality of the Indian rosewood Gibson Custom has used over the last several years and also their ability to do excellent fretboard work without chipping/filling/gouging the wood they use.

Many feel the best examples of Brazilian fretboards are smooth, dark and not so prone to drying out. Sometimes these premium examples are likened to ebony.

Some players can hear and feel differences between fretboard materials, others view guitars as a complete system and hesitate to attribute specific characteristics to a single feature. We all see and experience things differently!
 

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OK finally have my own to show, it's a more subdued flame than my old R8 Slow Iced Tea Fade, but it's quite a lovely guitar. Pics first:




Pleased to report these are indeed True Historic spec (with the exception of the CME serial number). The finish is very thin, feels like my 2016 True Historic and much different from the aforementioned 2016 R8. As others mentioned, the binding and headstock does have the amber clear coat, giving the logo and binding a slightly aged look. As for the fretboard... wow is really all I can say. While my inlays are not perfect (there are still some small black lines around a few or just at some corners) the work is better than on the R8 (but not as good as on that CC #40). The actual wood though? Fuggedaboutit. Honestly it could pass for ebony. For real. It is so much smoother than any other modern Gibson with rosewood I own and darker than all my vintage/HM ones. Extremely cool and noticeable. The back is quite dark, it looks great (you can see my camera overexposed it but I didn't lower the exposure because you wouldn't be able to see the grain if I did).

Overall I'm quite pleased I went this route over the Gabby. The top is a bit more vintage than my last one (as someone pointed out a while back, not too many tops with crazy flecking made it onto sunburst Les Pauls originally, and if they did they were covered with a Darkburst finish). The guitar sounds and feels great; the thinner finish is a welcome upgrade as is the fretboard. The Camelita neck profile is great, feels similar to my HM'd R6 (and thinner than my old R8s "59 Neck"). The controls are responsive, I'm going to try to resist the urge to mess with anything (I peeked and it has an "R9" brand in the control cavity). In the short time I've had to play it (just opened the case last night) I don't hear anything wrong with the pickups; they sound fantastic.

Can't say it's a better guitar than a handmade replica, but for me I'm pleased I went this route (even though I've had to sell a few cool guitars to do it).
 
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A reminder that the plastic backplate just looks better than the metal one (although I'm guilty of this myself).
 

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A reminder that the plastic backplate just looks better than the metal one (although I'm guilty of this myself).
yeah i take that 'ish off before even plugging in lol
 

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That's very nice! :drool: Congrats :cheers:

WW has a Braz dark burst now that I keep looking at.

Someone needs to buy it and save me from myself. :D
 

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Unlucky me. Just spoke to Lance at WW and the guitar above was a mistake. The color was supposed to be WW Burst. It was a one-off with no others in that color to be ordered in the foreseeable future. :facepalm:
 

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You know ,if I ever jump back in on the historic thing I'm gonna go dark. Some of these darker bursts are exceptional
 

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CME looks to have a nice Darkburst just in - they call it Kindred Burst.


Nice. But, no offense intended, I personally won't be paying those kind of prices for a guitar with CME on the head stock.

Call me what you will, for lump of $$$$$ that size I want perfection down to the finest details.

I'm prepared to real f'n picky if'n I jump.

Probably should of already made my move but something a little better may be in the works. :hmm:
 

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Not sure how long Gibson's stash will last. I'll be the first to admit it's not vintage correct even still, but here is a 2018 Gibson Brazilian LP Standard, a Wildwood Spec VOS version with a dark back, a decent pickup ring/fingerboard gap, and a color called Golden Pop - I'm told this is short for "golden poppy," and is the color used in the Nicky CC run. 8.4 lbs, 0.85-0.97 neck with slim shoulders. Best sounding reissue I've had yet. Please show and tell.






Lacquered Case:
Beautiful but definitely not for the masses. Only a select few will be able to afford yet another Gibson out of reach and dream on you lusters...I like it but could never afford it and it would never get played in my circles. Real pros would probably actually play onstage with it.
 

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Wildwood picked dome outstanding tops for that run. :cheers2:
 




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