NGD - 2020 USA Les Paul Standard 50's WW Select

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Soooo......

2020 Wildwood Select USA Les Paul Standard in 'Unburst'. Got it because I wanted another Les Paul that had a neck shape similar to my ES-335 with medium c neck profile. This one's neck is .88" to .98", feels great and much closer to my ES-335 than the ginormous neck I had on an R8.

BUT...out of the box the strings felt very stiff, and the fret ends are rather sharp and dig in a bit. Surprising since it's a bound neck with nibs. I was actually about to return is, but it sounds really good plugged in. These '59 Tribute Humbuckers sound quite nice....not too icy and not too plump, sort of medium-low output. Only thing is that they both measure exactly 7.29K, and I have to have the bridge pickup hiked up pretty high near the strings to balance out. In another thread I did some mockups to see if I'd like aged covers or double-creams (obviously with different pickups), but as long as I stay with the stock pickups it's aged covers.

Anyway it felt stiff and the medium jumbo frets are quite high and I was hanging up on them, but I had a feeling that the main contributor to that was the steep angle of strings behind the bridge even with the tailpiece studs backed out....since this model has a pretty high bridge and neck angle. As soon as I change strings and top wrapped, it changed the feel completely. Much easier to play and bend and wasn't hanging up anymore. Still going to have the frets crowned/polished and the fret ends smoothed out, but already it's starting from a much better place than what I thought it was. Was also thinking of getting the fingerboard edges rolled like on my ES-335, but I don't think I need that now.

Weight is 9.07 lbs but at first felt quite a bit heavier...thought it may have been a misprint of 9.7 lbs. It does not have the acoustic resonance as the 2013 R8 I had with its non-condomed truss rod and hide glue, but it does play a little clearer plugged in with the larger frets, and with the neck shape its easier on my hand. I might replace the tuners with Grovers too. The pots seem to maintain the high end nicely all the way down, actually better than the RS Superpots I had on the R8, although the taper is longer like on the ES-335 with its Memphis Tone Circuit.

Altogether, happy with the purchase. Wish the finish wasn't so thick, but that's a pretty minor niggle. The fingerboard rosewood is nice and dark, quite lovely. Here it is with aged covers/hardware and more 'vintage-spec' plastic. The finish is actually quite similar to the Sunrise Tea Burst on my former R8, so visually it was a pretty easy transition.


 
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Yes, 'niggle'! :dude:


As far as tone...no, I'm probably not going to get the kind of woody voltage character out ofd this like with a Historic, but I'm okay with that. I got this as more of an all-around platform wth controls that I was very used to and a palette that is still uniquely a Les Paul. It's a very good instrument with a great clean base and a nice rich voice. I got what I wanted and frankly aren't too concerned with fixating over vintage PAF-this.=, just like I have with Standards and Traditionals in the past.

I actually still might try one of my double-cream Duncan Antiquity neck hum buckers in the bridge (have two of them , somehow)...one that reads 7.76K, which may seem kind of low but again, this guitar's bridge pickup is the same 7.29K as the neck, so a 7.76k in bridge could even out nicely...maybe even an aged/rough-cast Alnico 5 magnet too.
 

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Wow, that is nice. Congrats!

That is the sweetest Unburst I have seen.
 

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Soooo......

2020 Wildwood Select USA Les Paul Standard in 'Unburst'. Got it because I wanted another Les Paul that had a neck shape similar to my ES-335 with medium c neck profile. This one's neck is .88" to .98", feels great and much closer to my ES-335 than the ginormous neck I had on an R8.

BUT...out of the box the strings felt very stiff, and the fret ends are rather sharp and dig in a bit. Surprising since it's a bound neck with nibs. I was actually about to return is, but it sounds really good plugged in. These '59 Tribute Humbuckers sound quite nice....not too icy and not too plump, sort of medium-low output. Only thing is that they both measure exactly 7.29K, and I have to have the bridge pickup hiked up pretty high near the strings to balance out. In another thread I did some mockups to see if I'd like aged covers or double-creams (obviously with different pickups), but as long as I stay with the stock pickups it's aged covers.

Anyway it felt stiff and the medium jumbo frets are quite high and I was hanging up on them, but I had a feeling that the main contributor to that was the steep angle of strings behind the bridge even with the tailpiece studs backed out....since this model has a pretty high bridge and neck angle. As soon as I change strings and top wrapped, it changed the feel completely. Much easier to play and bend and wasn't hanging up anymore. Still going to have the frets crowned/polished and the fret ends smoothed out, but already it's starting from a much better place than what I thought it was. Was also thinking of getting the fingerboard edges rolled like on my ES-335, but I don't think I need that now.

Weight is 9.07 lbs but at first felt quite a bit heavier...thought it may have been a misprint of 9.7 lbs. It does not have the acoustic resonance as the 2013 R8 I had with its non-condomed truss rod and hide glue, but it does play a little clearer plugged in with the larger frets, and with the neck shape its easier on my hand. I might replace the tuners with Grovers too. The pots seem to maintain the high end nicely all the way down, actually better than the RS Superpots I had on the R8, although the taper is longer like on the ES-335 with its Memphis Tone Circuit.

Altogether, happy with the purchase. Wish the finish wasn't so thick, but that's a pretty minor niggle. The fingerboard rosewood is nice and dark, quite lovely. Here it is with aged covers/hardware and more 'vintage-spec' plastic. The finish is actually quite similar to the Sunrise Tea Burst on my former R8, so visually it was a pretty easy transition.


That is one sweet looking LP !
 

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Y'know what's funny...if you look at my avatar, those are two older guitars that I used to have. I now have two newer guitars that pretty much look just like them.
 

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Definitely get those frets crowned. The way Gibson has the machine shape the frets is ridiculous.

When I got my Standard 50s last year (shortly after they shipped), I paid to have it rePleked. The frets are like glass now.
 


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