[NGD] 2022 Classic honeyburst

RaistMagus

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So I got my first real Gibson Les Paul : D

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All of the notes below are IMHO IME etc.

It sounds great! Unplugged, it is very resonant in a nice way. My complaint with other LPs I've tried is that their low strings sounded too boomy or too dead or that they had dead spots on the fretboard or weird overtones at certain strings. This one is just right, with present but tight low end. The high strings might be a bit on the thin/honky/quacky side, but no complaints. Plugged in clean, it sounds beautiful, even through the boring clean channel of my Orange 15. Through my Super Reverb it sounds even better. Overdiven, it has that spongy low end, crunchy mids and biting highs. The neck pickup sounds wooly. Both clean and driven, the bridge pickup is cutting and the neck pickup is not boomy (a problem I often have with other guitars). I might experiment with pickup height later on.

The tone knobs have a very useable range; I can use the bridge tone knob if it gets too bright with good results. The coil split sounds, I'm not sold on yet. They sound too similar to the full HB, I would have preferred even lower output and thinner sounding, but nice to have anyways. Maybe the thinner sounds I have in mind comes from other features of my Fenders (bridge, woods, scale etc). The out of phase sound, I find very interesting. The high output, tone-bypass, is ok; would prefer to have the option to use it with bridge and/OR neck pickup. Overall I like the extra control options, I tend to do similar mods to my other guitars.

I really like how it looks and I prefer this plain top over a couple of standard 60s tops I saw in person. Finish is perfect. This wasn't the reason I got it, I just felt that "this is the one!" as soon as I strummed it. I tried quite a few Classics and Standards over the last year and I saw lots of bad finishes, glue leftovers, bad binding etc. I got lucky with this one.

It is quite heavy for me at 10 lbs. Considering my herniated back, I have to see how I can handle it. If I can't I may have to sell it eventually. I'll try the "weightless" strap.

The neck feels larger than the average 60s but I'll manage.

The nut slots need to be cut deeper, I'll take it to a local tech. Now the strings hover too high from fret 1 and notes on fret 1 are a bit sharp, with a low action and straight neck otherwise.

A couple of documents are missing from the case, I'll just live with it. If interested, see other exciting ongoing thread.

Overall I'm very satisfied with the guitar and very excited. I only worry about the weight, but even if I end up selling it I will have tried a "proper" Les Paul :)
 
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Glad you're enjoying it :) Any decent guitar is going to need setting up for your personal tastes, TBF. Finding the right strap should pretty much sort the weight/back issue IME - if you've got real problems then there are specialists out there (who deal with musicians' issues) who can probably help some, certainly worth investigating if you haven't already.

Really nice axe, BTW :)
 

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Posts like yours are why I come to MLP every day…generally first site when I grab my ipad.

your first les Paul is a joy…

I say embrace the weight…personally, the heavier the better…especially once a bigsby goes on…

I think it’s a beautiful guitar and the only advice I would give is not to sell it… The only Les Paul ever sold almost 30 years ago was my first Les Paul…

There was nothing particularly special about it except that it was my first proper one… I have regretted selling it every day since…

I got Flomaster mufflers on my Mustang 5.0 with the $300 profit…prolly not worth it in 2020 LOL

anyhow, i love plaintop classics above all models so am a huge fan of yours…

welcome to the cult…we are happy to have u :h5:

-chris
 

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Love that top. Love a classic. Very nice!
 

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Nice! Honeyburst & Ebony are my favorite Classic tops.
 

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... your first les Paul is a joy …
Not only first Les Paul, but first Gibson. Congrats on that beautiful new guitar! I love the Classic line. Yes, your tweaks on the nut and final setup are common, but will be well worth it. After that, it is clear guitar sailing!

You mentioned "weightless strap". I think you mean the Fender "WeighLess" strap (note: it is not "weightless". I never tried one, but it looks like snake oil to me. I don't see how it can be any different than a regular guitar strap. People here do say that wider straps do help (fwiw).
 

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That is "flat-ass- gorgeous" !!!!! You will regret selling that one.
 

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Not only first Les Paul, but first Gibson. Congrats on that beautiful new guitar! I love the Classic line. Yes, your tweaks on the nut and final setup are common, but will be well worth it. After that, it is clear guitar sailing!

You mentioned "weightless strap". I think you mean the Fender "WeighLess" strap (note: it is not "weightless". I never tried one, but it looks like snake oil to me. I don't see how it can be any different than a regular guitar strap. People here do say that wider straps do help (fwiw).
Yes I meant weighless but it got autocorrected. I agree with you, weight is just weight nomatterwhat. But many people suggested it so I'll give it a try.
 

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Congrats on your super sweet LP, hope you enjoy in good health for many years to come.

I had a '19 trans cherry Classic that was an outstanding instrument. Beeeautiful top, cool looking/sounding zebras and nice neck, mine was noticeably chunkier than the normal 60s profile. Really hated to sell it but it wasn't getting any play time, unfortunately.

As we know, Classics rule. Rock on!
 

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Yes I meant weighless but it got autocorrected. I agree with you, weight is just weight no matter what. But many people suggested it so I'll give it a try.
Yeah, great, post back your own empirical findings, as we would all like to know. Again, really beautiful guitar. The top matching on that one is particularly excellent. Great pick!
 

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That's a great, honest review and you got a serious looker there. You pretty much echo my thoughts with mine and I'm inclined to agree on the coil split sounds, which I tend not to use. As for the 'out of phase', I once physically set the neck magnet in one of my Agile LPs to do the Greeny 'mod' and that sounded better than the electronic version on my Classic, but it's still a great option. The jury's still out on the bridge pickup for me since I prefer a warmer sound, but that's personal and as you say, the tone knobs work well.

Anyway, again thanks for taking the time to post this. And you know full well that we'd love to see more pics ;) In fact I'd love to see some myself anyway. I mentioned when I got mine that the hue and amount of brown in the honeyburst changes considerably depending on the angle you're looking from. Have you noticed the same with yours?

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Congratulations! Classic looks for sure. Enjoy it!
 

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Congrats, she is a beauty. I just got a Classic as well and even with the 9-hole weight relief, still just under 10lbs. I can live with it, my Les Paul's are 8.5lbs up to 10lbs with the Classic. I like the neck a lot, not too Slim like in the past, just the right true 60's Slim Taper neck. The BB 61's once you adjust the height, really sound great and compliment the guitar's overall tone. Some nice gain and when backing down the volume, they clean up nicely.
 

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That's a great, honest review and you got a serious looker there. You pretty much echo my thoughts with mine and I'm inclined to agree on the coil split sounds, which I tend not to use. As for the 'out of phase', I once physically set the neck magnet in one of my Agile LPs to do the Greeny 'mod' and that sounded better than the electronic version on my Classic, but it's still a great option. The jury's still out on the bridge pickup for me since I prefer a warmer sound, but that's personal and as you say, the tone knobs work well.

Anyway, again thanks for taking the time to post this. And you know full well that we'd love to see more pics ;) In fact I'd love to see some myself anyway. I mentioned when I got mine that the hue and amount of brown in the honeyburst changes considerably depending on the angle you're looking from. Have you noticed the same with yours?

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I'd love to add more photos but I am traveling for the next couple of weeks. Mine has some random bird-eye marks here and there.
 

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