Need help deciding which Les Paul to buy

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You can't go wrong with either choice but it really comes down to what works best for you. My suggestion would be play both side by side and try not to get hung-up on things things like weight relief, neck size or pickups...Just Play, let the guitar talk to you.
 

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Hello

I am buying my first Gibson Les Paul.

I am choosing between the 50's Standard and the Classic both 2020 models.

What I like about the Classic is; the pickups, the color options. What I dont like is the weight relief. Dont really care about the push pull pots. The neck is fine but worry if its too thin and will be uncomfortable later after long playing.

What I like about the 50's is the Gold Top, and its not weight relieved. The pickups are fine but I like the pickups in the Classic better, they handle med and heavy gain and distortion better to me. The pickups on the 50's is kinda of bright and I am worried that it will be too much in the same general area of a Gretsch Duo Jet which I am planning on buying. The neck is ok but it is thick, not crazy thick. Worried that it will be fatiguing for the hand after playing for a while. I have a Jazzmaster which I have had and used to the 7.25 neck on it.

I am buying one of these in the next week.

What are every ones opinions about these models? The reason I am not buying the 60's Standard is that I dont like burst colors.

I will use the guitar to play stuff like Porno's For Pryros, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots etc.
Which one did you get ?
 

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If I were you, I would get the 50s. Like everyone else says, the pickups can be swapped. Honestly, I’ve tried the 61s. They push the amp a little harder, but to me they sound like crap. They aren’t as articulate as the burstbuckers 1 & 2. I just bought a Seymour Duncan JB, and it was even worse than the 61t. If I were you, I would go to the stratosphere parts website. They sell Gibsons that are parted out. They are not seconds or duds. They claim to make more money parting them out. The gold top you’re looking at $1399.99, the hardware (bridge, tailpiece, tuning machines) at $99.99. For the electronics, you’re looking at $250-279.99.. you can choose the the 61s instead of the 1 and bbs. The case is $169.99. At the end you’re looking at $2005. I don’t believe they tax if you buy directly from the website. I just bought one myself. I didn’t buy pickups because I already had some.

JUST GET THE 50s! Even if you buy it a major retailer!
 

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Me and a friend agonized over which les Paul to buy for months. He got the trad, I got the more modern standard. After playing our guitars for a month or so, we tried each others and was shocked at how little difference there was. If you aren't a les paul conneiseur you will love whatever one you get. All the differences are just shades of grey.
 

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Here are my 2019 50’s, 2019 50’s P90, and 2020 60’s. Waiting for my 2020 LP limited edition Triburst...had ordered one but didn’t have any so I returned it and waiting for my replacement.

2019-2020 LPs are great! Glad they went back to their roots without all the BS from previous years. QC is getting better...still have ways to go.
 

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I have two 2020 50s Standards, and a 2013 Classic. I like the push pull pots on the classic for funkier tones, but it doesn’t sound like you need those. Also the classic is a plain top and the standard has a flame top, but you are looking at a Gold top, so the flame top is not a concern in this case.

The main difference from my perspective is the neck - fatter and rounder on the 50s and slighter thinner in the classic. I get on well with both neck shapes but there is something addictive about the fat 50s necks. The 50s standards are perfect for me, that’s why I have two. The classic is a fantastic workhorse guitar, I mean that as a compliment, I’ve played it live many times. The 50s standards really met my ideal for a production series 50s style Les Paul.

I don’t think you can go wrong either way. Try to play the guitars if you can. Les Pauls, even within the same model, can all be unique and have their own personality. As others mentioned you can swap pickups after you have become used to the tone of the guitar and what you feel needs to be adjusted. For me a set of Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbuckers or Pearly Gates would get my vote for classic Les Paul tones depending if you prefer Alnico V or Alnico ii tones.
 
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Hello

I am buying my first Gibson Les Paul.

I am choosing between the 50's Standard and the Classic both 2020 models.

What I like about the Classic is; the pickups, the color options. What I dont like is the weight relief. Dont really care about the push pull pots. The neck is fine but worry if its too thin and will be uncomfortable later after long playing.

What I like about the 50's is the Gold Top, and its not weight relieved. The pickups are fine but I like the pickups in the Classic better, they handle med and heavy gain and distortion better to me. The pickups on the 50's is kinda of bright and I am worried that it will be too much in the same general area of a Gretsch Duo Jet which I am planning on buying. The neck is ok but it is thick, not crazy thick. Worried that it will be fatiguing for the hand after playing for a while. I have a Jazzmaster which I have had and used to the 7.25 neck on it.

I am buying one of these in the next week.

What are every ones opinions about these models? The reason I am not buying the 60's Standard is that I dont like burst colors.

I will use the guitar to play stuff like Porno's For Pryros, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots etc.
Hi, In matters like this, I always think it is better to be happy with how it feels and sounds in Your hands. Pickups can be and are, changed (frequently) so go with what it feels like and work on your personal sound. Amazingly necks and weight balance can vary quite a bit between different, similar, instruments, so its best not to be too proscriptive.
 
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Hello

I am buying my first Gibson Les Paul.

I am choosing between the 50's Standard and the Classic both 2020 models.

What I like about the Classic is; the pickups, the color options. What I dont like is the weight relief. Dont really care about the push pull pots. The neck is fine but worry if its too thin and will be uncomfortable later after long playing.

What I like about the 50's is the Gold Top, and its not weight relieved. The pickups are fine but I like the pickups in the Classic better, they handle med and heavy gain and distortion better to me. The pickups on the 50's is kinda of bright and I am worried that it will be too much in the same general area of a Gretsch Duo Jet which I am planning on buying. The neck is ok but it is thick, not crazy thick. Worried that it will be fatiguing for the hand after playing for a while. I have a Jazzmaster which I have had and used to the 7.25 neck on it.

I am buying one of these in the next week.

What are every ones opinions about these models? The reason I am not buying the 60's Standard is that I dont like burst colors.

I will use the guitar to play stuff like Porno's For Pryros, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots etc.
I have 2 Gibson Les Paul Classics - 2019 Gold Top -- 2020 Honey Burst - I love both these guitars. I feel both of these Classics are money well spent and not overpriced like the Standards. Plus like you said the color choices are much better with the classics. Good Luck on what ever you decide.
 

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Do you think the 50"s neck is too big or just normal? The Classic's neck was ok but just thin. I think both necks are good, I found the 50's neck good for chording and the Classics neck good for single note lines.
I don't know if the current guitars are the same as a few years back but I had a 2008 Studio and the neck was not as thick as a 59 Reissue. I personally prefer a thicker neck but not too thick. It took a long time for me to figure this out and I think its one of the most important factors about a guitar. As in previous comments, you can change pickups but not the neck profile
 

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The '50s does everything for me. Big? Yes, a little, but I love it.
I bought a R 9 within 6 months i changed the potz caps and pickups. Now i just changed the nut to bone. Now I love it. You can ALWAYS make more $ get the one that feels best. The one acoustically you love. That you love the look of and love to play. And change the parts you dislike to parts ( pickups potz ect you like the best) make it your and an extension of yourself artificially. You will not regret it. Choose wisely.
 


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