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To purchase another guitar. I started a new job back in late February and have been working 50 hour weeks since then. My new job is going better than I expected thus far and I think it's time I reward myself with a new toy.

I've been looking to get a full hollow body guitar or an SG because I already have two Les Paul's. However, I recently discovered the Les Paul Custom Lite and would love to add one to my collection. I'm still open to the other two options if I can find something I really like. There is an SG Standard for sale on CL for $700 but the owner won't send me any pictures of it so I decided to pass. Right now I'm leaning towards the Custom Lite even though I kind of want something a little different. A used SG Standard would be about $300-$400 less than a used Custom Lite. I can't seem to find a higher end full hollow body in my price range. I have a budget of about $1400. What do you guys think? Another LP or something else?
 

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I'd get the SG. No offence to owners of Custom Lites. I believe they are invaluable for bad back sufferers who want a blinged up LP, but the SG is the real deal for thin-bodied light weight Gibson and it delivers on the attack and bite while maintaining the sustain of a LP. The SG has killer looks and, for you, would complement your collection nicely.
 

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I would say to try out a Swamp Ash Les Paul Studio. I just got one today. Bright and snappy like a strat or tele, midrange honk like a Les Paul. LIGHTER than an SG(about 5-6 lbs).
I may look for another one to put P90 type pickups in and I`ve only had this 40 minutes!!!!!
 

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Looks nice! Why the Custom lite though? For the pickups? For the bling?

An SG would fit the bill nicely. Same pickups as the Custom lite and you can get a brand new SG Standard and have a few bucks left over for something else.

Or if you like Burstbucker pros, try a LP Special Burstbucker T. You can get them on Reverb or eBay for around 700 or 750 shipped. I own one and it's a badass little guitar.
 

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What about a MIJ Casino? Or are you set in Gibson models?
 

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I'm not sure why I would want another LP when I have a Trad Pro II and a Studio Faded. The Custom Lite just looks so badass and I bet it's great for playability. It may be the bling but it's so tempting. Are these guitars made in the Gibson Custom Shop?
 

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I'm not sure why I would want another LP when I have a Trad Pro II and a Studio Faded. The Custom Lite just looks so badass and I bet it's great for playability. It may be the bling but it's so tempting. Are these guitars made in the Gibson Custom Shop?

No, it's Gibson USA.
 

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Are you interested in Semi-Hollows? There's the Midtown Standard at $1000 right now. Also a Gibson Memphis ES-339 can be had around the same price as the Custom Lite.
 

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SG's are a heck of a value for the money. You get a lot of guitar for the money.

The LP Custom Lite should be good, too. For the money you're looking to spend you may want to look at the Midtown Standard. It's a semi-hollow with a scaled down body that's only a bit larger than a LP, and much lighter than a LP. These scaled down semi-hollows are awesome guitars, IMHO.

Gibson Limited Edition Midtown Standard Traditional Electric Guitar (with Case), Pelham Blue=

Good luck whatever you choose! :)
 

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Are you interested in Semi-Hollows? There's the Midtown Standard at $1000 right now. Also a Gibson Memphis ES-339 can be had around the same price as the Custom Lite.

Great minds think alike since we both made the same suggestion at the same time... :) :thumb:
 

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Are you interested in Semi-Hollows? There's the Midtown Standard at $1000 right now. Also a Gibson Memphis ES-339 can be had around the same price as the Custom Lite.

If I wanted to go hollow then I would want to go full hollow. I can't try out too many hollow bodies in store because they're hard to come by where I am. I prefer American made but it doesn't have to be. The full hollow doesn't have to be Gibson either. I'm not sure if they even make a full hollow body. The Lite is so tempting, ugh, but I don't know if it's worth it if I want something a little different. An SG is going to be tonally similar to what I have assuming I didn't get one of the new P90 models, but I want to get a used guitar. I know they have SG's with P90's with the Tribute series. I read those lack a little in build quality though.
 

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You can always buy my 2016 SG Standard that I have listed for sale in the classifieds....
 

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Get the Custom Lite! Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, just get one. Try to find the '13 Custom Lite. Ebony with the Diamond. Just incredible!
 

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I say this as i duck... maybe branch out from gibson? You mention a hollow body, my gretsch 5422 electromatic is a damn fine guitar and can defintily be had used for that price. You can get a single cut or a double cut like mine, they are a little on the large size thou.
 

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I say this as i duck... maybe branch out from gibson? You mention a hollow body, my gretsch 5422 electromatic is a damn fine guitar and can defintily be had used for that price. You can get a single cut or a double cut like mine, they are a little on the large size thou.

I played a Gretsch at GC a couple weeks ago and I really liked how it felt. They're one of the few hollow body guitars GC has in store. I wish I had a better choice of local shops down here in South Florida. GC is really the only place that's going to have a decent selection of anything.
 

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Heritage 535.

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