Helping my friend own his first Les Paul.. result !!

Mike58

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My good friend decided this year to own a Les Paul, the choices are many and he originally had an eye for a Classic in Honeyburst.
After a bit of chat and actually finding not too many of these about in the UK , we upped the game and looked at Standard 60s in Unburst finish.
Again not a huge choice, and in these Covid times every purchase is a distance sale.
Unbelievably there were 3 for sale from our ( relatively ) local Kenny’s Music and all looked good but one really stood out having a really nicely matched top and a very good weight of 8lb6oz ironically lighter than any weight relieved Classic available !
Great comms and personal delivery from Kenny’s Music ( disclaimer: no affiliation whatsoever) and the offer of a free setup from their own Gibson authorized luthier should it be required after purchase.
I think the pics speak for themselves... the guitar is flawless .. and the top is ... to us..just right, not too ostentatious but looks, well, pretty special.
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Beautiful score! I haven't seen many Standards under 9lbs! Ironically, I did recently see a Classic that was 10.5lbs!
 

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Beautiful! I find my self wanting a standard even though I already have an LP, and I sure wish mine was 8.5 lbs not 10.5!
 

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Nut is shallow , but no issues with strings pinging out , tbh I’d rather have a shallow cut nut that had a bit of room to deepen a fraction than the other way round
My own Tom Murphy Custom Shop R9 has a similar cut and its just fine.
I have to say ( and I’m not the owner) it is a very fine example. You just get lucky sometimes, but I do have a feeling the dealer in this instance ( Kenny’s Music , Scotland UK) has above average standards ( no pun intended) when it comes to customer care. Something increasingly rare these days.
 
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very nice! I think unburst is my favorite finish!
I hope your friend is happy with the guitar
I agree on Unburst being a favourite finish. To me it doesn’t look “ brand new”, avoids clownburst horrors but is not anaemic as it does retain some reds .
The fact that you are not paying Custom Shop prices for what is effectively a pre aged top is a real bonus and I think if you put the Unburst up against some of the earlier CS finishes you would be hard put to tell the difference from a distance. ( I’m not comparing CS aged tops tho).
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60s standards are unbeatable...
maybe the best dollar for dollar musical instrument on earth....

unbusts are badass too...
so happy for your friend

welcome to the cult!

-chris
 


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