Favorite Year LP Classic & Why?

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Sold my GC special run Traditional because it was pretty heavy the way I move on stage. I want another LP and am looking at the Classics for their Slim 60s necks (I mainly play USA Schecter PTs/Teles and Charvel).

Curious what years you like best and why. The 2019 looks pretty good!

Cheers.
 

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Very early 90s. Inked serial number. Les Paul Model silkscreen. Proper ABR-1. Small headstock. Regular inlays. Press-in bushing tuners.

Aside from that, I like the 2017. Nylon nut straight from the factory. Plus the regular specs you expect on a Classic.
 

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Awesdome. Thanks for the replies. I'll keep an eye out. ...Wonder how good of condition an early 90s/00s I can get on the secondary.

Keep the suggestions coming!
 

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Never understand why more people who play Charvel, etc... don't like the Custom Lites and Standard Lights. I have one of each and I love them. Thinner, lighter and sound like a Les Paul. My '89 Custom Lite even has a Floyd. My 2014 Standard Light is an amazing player and sounds incredible.



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...Well, I do like a full body LP overall, say vs. a studio style body, if that's what it is, but I'll check out the Custom Lite. Do they have the 60s necks? ...And since they're thinner, do they really still produce that chunky LP grunt?
 

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Late 90's - early 00's get my vote. ABR directly into wood, non-weight relieved yet still not a tank, slim vintage headstock shape, really comfortable C shaped neck. Built very well.
Same!

I've A/B'd my '01 Classic to a few Historics from the same era, and they're pretty damn close in sound, and feel.

Not to mention, though trivial, the top-carves are pretty close as well.

My Classic:

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Same!

I've A/B'd my '01 Classic to a few Historics from the same era, and they're pretty damn close in sound, and feel.

Not to mention, though trivial, the top-carves are pretty close as well.

My Classic:

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Nice. Yeah my ebony Classic has a nice top carve as well. Not as deep concave dish-like as my 95 Studio, but still deep
 

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Awesdome. Thanks for the replies. I'll keep an eye out. ...Wonder how good of condition an early 90s/00s I can get on the secondary.

Keep the suggestions coming!
You can find some in great condition. I just recently got mine in great condition, no tarnish on the hardware (gold none the less) with no fretwear and binding that hasn't yellowed.
 

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...Well, I do like a full body LP overall, say vs. a studio style body, if that's what it is, but I'll check out the Custom Lite. Do they have the 60s necks? ...And since they're thinner, do they really still produce that chunky LP grunt?
The Custom Lites and Standard Lights have thin bodies and 60's necks. The 50's neck on my Standard Light isn't fat at all, I thought it was a 60's style neck when I played it. I prefer a 60's style neck myself. As for "that chunky LP grunt," I say hell yes. But tone is subjective. If weight is a concern, I would try one out. Can't hurt...

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I really like thin LP's, but I like them with Floyds too, so I'm weird.

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BTW, I have a '79 Custom dome top 11lb beast too. I love that thing as well.
 

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07 classic is my number 1 and it’s not even close../

the 496r/500t is my favorite combo....
”built” a stratosphere wine red hp traditional with split 496/500 and they sound very similar but it’s my 07 that is played daily without fail

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What model is that? ...By "studio" I mean less thick compared to the 2" thick 'regular' bodies. Cheers!
That's the 2014 Standard Light I linked in post #3. It's the one pictured in post #10. They are approximately 1-1/4" thick, back to binding. It weighs 7 lb. 12.4 oz.

BTW the way, The Custom Lite (black one also pictured in post #10) are the same thickness. Custom Lites have a 60's slim taper neck and were made in '87-'89 and reissued 2013-2016.

Here's a thickness comparison pic of my '88 Custom lite cherryburst next to my 2000 Standard Raw Power....
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This one is a 2012. It's the lightest Les Paul I've ever had. Sounds good too, with the Ceramic's.

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2017 - I have a 2017 T Classic Gold Top. First up, special gift from the wife and first Gibson that I really didn't change a single item on other than Ernie Ball 10s set when it needs it. I've never oiled the board, its perfect as is.
It came with zebra 57/57+, 500Ks and Orange Drops. But besides all that I found I really can dig slimmer necks and the 57/57+ tones. It really is a great playing and sounding Gibson and typically my #1 when I go to play.
 

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2017 - I have a 2017 T Classic Gold Top. First up, special gift from the wife and first Gibson that I really didn't change a single item on other than Ernie Ball 10s set when it needs it. I've never oiled the board, its perfect as is.
It came with zebra 57/57+, 500Ks and Orange Drops. But besides all that I found I really can dig slimmer necks and the 57/57+ tones. It really is a great playing and sounding Gibson and typically my #1 when I go to play.
mine was the first guitar my wife bought for me Christmas 2007...

she had gone thru my internet history and searched guitar to see which one I looked at most...hcb and gold top classics
nothing changed....covers are not soldered and the bigsby comes and goes with string changes....gotta love the vibramate

it was the biggest surprise gift ive ever gotten and remain head over heels for her...
so that plays a large role...but classics just feel “right”

I like heavier guitars but the vibramated b7 adds a pound and a half...
wish it was 11+ Like the old days but it’s still awesome and, tied with my ES-LP, the most versatile Lester at low volumes(on the guitar) on the neck or middle position where I play 99% of the time

-Chris
 

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Late 90's - early 00's get my vote. ABR directly into wood, non-weight relieved yet still not a tank, slim vintage headstock shape, really comfortable C shaped neck. Built very well.
Gonna have to correct you here, but they are weight relieved.
 

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Late 90's - early 00's get my vote.
This. Nice mojo on that years, not shinny new guitars. Small headstock, vintage vibe, its another history with a 15/20 years old guitar. Not better not worst, just different mojo.
 

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2017 - I have a 2017 T Classic Gold Top. First up, special gift from the wife and first Gibson that I really didn't change a single item on other than Ernie Ball 10s set when it needs it. I've never oiled the board, its perfect as is.
It came with zebra 57/57+, 500Ks and Orange Drops. But besides all that I found I really can dig slimmer necks and the 57/57+ tones. It really is a great playing and sounding Gibson and typically my #1 when I go to play.

This ! They got the specs right on this one . Sounds as good as any traditional Ive had too. Love the Goldtop.
 


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