Yeah... that’s the wife again. And bloody iPads. I’ve got an English degree and this is one of the rare occasions I decided to say ‘screw it, nobody cares’, but there you are, for which you have both my gratitude and apologies....and the paragraphs
Mulling this topic over in my mind I still can’t help thinking that, aside from some dreadful decisions Gibson made in the last decade or so, the real killer, the one that has always annoyed me, is the sheer price of a ‘real’ Les Paul. No matter how much I love them I have never been able to shake the feeling that you are just paying for the Gibson name. I will need to be significantly richer to be able to get a GLP and not feel the pinch. When one looks at other manufacturers, brands I just dont want to play, you can get their mid to top end models for the entry price of a GLP. As I said in my first post I did buy the LP Futura, and whilst the neck was nicely tapered, all the other stuff was rubbish, even though I thought it looked like a cool guitar. I probably would have kept it were it not for the major design fault of the P90 neck pickup being set so low. The robot tuners were rubbish though. But it was twice the price of a FSC or Tele. This is my long winded way of saying ’if Gibson hadn’t priced people out of the market they wouldn’t have gone bust and they wouldn’t need to worry about this trademark/patent stuff’.