Is a new Les Paul Classic worth $2K?

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Hi guys, I'm looking to get myself a Les Paul. I currently have more superstrat like guitars (Peavey Wolfgang and Charvel So Cal). I want a guitar to get a more versatile, classic sound. I'm looking at the Les Paul Tribute, which is considerably less expensive, but it's missing all the asthetics of a true LP. I'm also looking at the new 59 Epiphone, which has all of the great component upgrades. But, I'm wondering of the LP Classic is almost $1K better? Looking for some recommendations.
 

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Not if you adjust for inflation?

I paid just over $1,200 for my '01 Classic, used about 10 years ago, and they were just over $2K new.

IMHO, even if the Claasics were more than a new Standard, they're definitly worth it.

I've played hundreds (not kidding) of Classics since their launch, and am yet to play a bad one. Can't say the same about most other LPs.
 

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Not if you adjust for inflation?

I paid just over $1,200 for my '01 Classic, used about 10 years ago, and they were just over $2K new.

IMHO, even if the Claasics were more than a new Standard, they're definitly worth it.

I've played hundreds (not kidding) of Classics since their launch, and am yet to play a bad one. Can't say the same about most other LPs.
What do you like better about the Classic over the Standard?
 

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When I bought my 2017 Classic T (Traditional), it was imho, the best bang for buck LP from Gibson then. It wasn't much more than the Studios, 57 classic/classic+ pups, locking grovers, all the binfing inlay etc. I;ve had Tributes, still have one, faded Studios. The one thing I didn't like about them, compared to the classic, were the finishes. In fact, I went and had a place put a full nitro gloss coat on my 60s Tribute, I like that full, nitro gloss finish

As to between the Classic and Epiphone? Apples and Oranges. Me I won't by MIC anymore, new. But that's me
 

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Double check the weight on the Classic. Mine was weight relieved and still weighed over 10 lbs. Must have been made of water logged mahogany.
Mine is just a shade over 8 lbs
 

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What do you like better about the Classic over the Standard?
They're just all-around great guitars. I'm also partial to the slim-taper necks. The pickups (usually 498r/500t) might not be suitible for most peoples' tastes, but I don't really mind them. As long as you know how to make some adjustments, they're actually really versitile.

I will say, the ONLY real issue I have with some of them, are the yellow ("aged") inlays, but I swapped mine out for MOP (now CN) as soon as I bought it.
 

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I’m biased....classics are my favorite...
bought all of them new...best $1900 u can spend

I’m playing my 18 right now...well, I just sat it down...
here she is from Christmas 2019 just after I opened her...and added a bigsby
that was a good Christmas because I got the stratosphere tribute sg from my wife...I had a heckuva time finding the right plastics for it since the maestro handle tied my hands color wise

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-Chris
 

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Definitely get the Classic, you will love it! The new Epiphone Custom's are really good, not sure about the new 59, since I have not played one and I am not to sure about the Indian Laurel Fingerboard. The Epi does have a medium C neck, which is my new favorite the past couple of years. I like it better than the 60's slim taper that I use to love.
 

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The Gibson/Epi contrast is no contest. The Epis are excellent value for money, and the Gibsos are just plain excellent. I'm not a fan of Tributes. They're one of the few guitars that strike me as a cheesy wannabe version of a better instrument. I wish they had made them even more different from the "real thing."
 

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It sounds like the Classic has all the features you’r looking for. It’s absolutely a great Les Paul. If you like it, it’s a good value at $2k. The cherry red is my favorite color.
 

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I’m biased....classics are my favorite...
bought all of them new...best $1900 u can spend

I’m playing my 18 right now...well, I just sat it down...
here she is from Christmas 2019 just after I opened her...and added a bigsby
that was a good Christmas because I got the stratosphere tribute sg from my wife...I had a heckuva time finding the right plastics for it since the maestro handle tied my hands color wise

View attachment 497319

-Chris
EIGHTEEN???????????????

BAD ASS
 

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I’m biased....classics are my favorite...
bought all of them new...best $1900 u can spend

I’m playing my 18 right now...well, I just sat it down...
here she is from Christmas 2019 just after I opened her...and added a bigsby
that was a good Christmas because I got the stratosphere tribute sg from my wife...I had a heckuva time finding the right plastics for it since the maestro handle tied my hands color wise

View attachment 497319

-Chris
As one of our Resident Classic experts, and certainly the Blingiest of the Blingsters, how do you feel that the new Classics compare to the first batches?
 


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