how do you know when you have found a great one ???

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For me it’s when you pick it up and you can’t stop playing it even unplugged. When I got my first reissue I played it acoustically and found it was so loud it barely needed an amp.

The dogs I’ve played were the opposite. Totally not fun to play and couldn’t get a decent sound out it it.
 

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+1 When you pick it up and can't stop playing it. Just as happy playing it unplugged as when you have it plugged in. Oh... You can't stop looking at it.
 

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Yeah it'll just feel right in your hands.
Then again, someone's version of dog might just be someone else's ideal guitar.
For me, I look for a certain "bounce" or "thwack" when I play it...like a certain type of responsiveness that is hard to put in words.
 

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You don't until many years and hours later it's still around.
 

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What are the tell tale signs of a great les paul ? .....How do you know when one is a dog ?
I recently sold the Gibson that I had thought I always wanted. A 2019 Les Paul Traditional. It looked beautiful but just played like mud. It had no life in it. I kept going back to my Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I've grown to love. Yeah, I know, "Epiphone?!?" But it plays beautifully, looks fantastic and sounds exactly as I want my Les Paul to sound. I just never want to put it down.
For me, It's like finding the right girl, you just KNOW. I realize this sounds silly, but that's my process.
 

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This 2000 Classic that I bought new 21 years ago looked like a winner hanging on a shop wall, but not what I'd have called great at the time, but I bonded with it from day one. After two pickup changes from the stock ones, and proper shielding installed, it is a guitar I've come to love for playability, tone (both plugged in and acoustic), staying in tune and it’s workmanship. Gibson, between 1990 and 2000 were making some mighty fine examples of the iconic Les Paul.

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I also verified this by playing others from friends or in stores. I even played a used 99 Murphy which looked cool was heavy and had no resonance. It was also set up badly. ImO You can even tell a good one with a bad set up and this thing sucked.
 

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When the neck doesn't respond well to necessary adjustments, you know you have a dog Fender.

Seriously, I have yet to find a Gibson that I haven't been able to set up to my liking. Sure, there are some bad apples out there, I just have been spared the grief. *knocks on mahogany*
 

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This 2000 Classic that I bought new 21 years ago looked like a winner hanging on a shop wall, but not what I'd have called great at the time, but I bonded with it from day one. After two pickup changes from the stock ones, and proper shielding installed, it is a guitar I've come to love for playability, tone (both plugged in and acoustic), staying in tune and it’s workmanship. Gibson, between 1990 and 2000 were making some mighty fine examples of the iconic Les Paul.

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This is "it", Man!
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When the honeymoon phase is over and you can still pick it up and not want to put it down. "The one" will feel alive in your hands and you just know it. I haven't had my 96 Classic since new but I've had it for over 20 years and it's the only guitar I have that I would never, ever turn loose so I guess that one must be my "The one".
 

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Sometimes I know right away, sometimes it takes a while. My 2012 Traditional was the latter. Beautiful guitar, but the neck was bigger than the '60 Standard I had been playing for 15 years, setup was way too low. A visit to Glaser for a new nut and setup, then the more I played it the more I liked it. Got used to the neck shape and it sings every note so clear and true, including hard bends. Now it's the one I grab first when I get home from work.
 

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Yeah it'll just feel right in your hands.
Then again, someone's version of dog might just be someone else's ideal guitar.
For me, I look for a certain "bounce" or "thwack" when I play it...like a certain type of responsiveness that is hard to put in words.
I know exactly what you mean. This is what I am noticing when I switch between my Tokai LP and my CS '57 Goldtop. They're great guitars and plugged in they both deliver in spades, but unplugged the Goldtop just comes alive. The notes really ring out with a 3D effect to them and has the volume of an acoustic guitar; the Tokai is more subdued and even the though the notes 'hold' and it has unplugged sustain it doesn't have the punch that the godtop has. Hard to put into words but if you played them both you'd totally get what I mean

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I'm in New Zealand and I have to cover all of the South Island for my job, the Tokai's the one that gets thrown in the car for the road trips. The Goldtop wins it but both are keepers
 

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It’s how I justify a purchase, done it many, many times! Yeah, this is the one…
 

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