NGD: Gibson Les Paul Standard 60's in Bourbon Burst (with some new pics!)

John Nada

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Pretty new to the forum here. I've owned two Gibson SG's (sold one to buy this Les Paul) and several Epiphone Les Pauls (still got the new 50's Standard). But since saturday a first time Gibson Les Paul owner!

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Trying it out in the store...

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Giving it a clean-up at home...

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Back in the case with new strings...

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And the first meeting with on of her playing buddies.

Since I liked the specs of the Les Paul Standards under the new management, I was curious to try them. I had to drive to a guitar store for an hour and a half to try these models at a store trustworthy of this kind of investment. Though I went open minded about the kind of burst, I figured I might wind up with an unburst, iced tea or a heritage cherry if I would've prefered a 50's model.

I tried the 50's heritage cherry and a 60's unburst for almost two hours. I couldn't decide if I liked the 50's better than the 60's and somehow the unburst fell a bit off to me. Neither of these two guitars felt like one I would take home with me. Then I tried this 60's bourbon burst, which didn't really look like a bourbon burst.

The weight and balance of the guitar was the first thing I noticed. It was much lighter than the other two and felt more balanced in its weight, which felt really good. When I started playing it, this guitar clicked with me instantly, it felt just right for me. And I liked how it looked, with some grain and woodmarks in the top and the edges of the burst a bit more faded than the average model. And it was the only one of all of them that really resonated. I guess the weight and balance play a big part in how you feel the guitar resonating against your body. It was loud unplugged!

The guy in the store also showed me another bourbon burst they had in stock, which looked more like the usual bourbon burst and he thought had a nicer flame top. That one also felt good, but the nicer flame didn't bother me that much. This guitar had some kind of character that spoke to me, so I took it home and called it Angie. Very happy with my purchase and proud to finally call myself a Gibson Les Paul owner!

Fun fact: the guitar was made the 21st of april, arrived at the store on the 24th of april and I bought it the 2nd of may. So it's a fresh one, and a guitar made during the corona-crisis.
 
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I really like this lighter colored Bourbon Burst. It’s like it’s got the best among the Ice Tea, Heritage Cherry and a Bourbon burst.

Congrats. Enjoy your new guitar. I really enjoy these stories of the guitar almost choosing the player, as if the guitar was tailored for the guitar player.
 

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I really like this lighter colored Bourbon Burst. It’s like it’s got the best among the Ice Tea, Heritage Cherry and a Bourbon burst.

Congrats. Enjoy your new guitar. I really enjoy these stories of the guitar almost choosing the player, as if the guitar was tailored for the guitar player.
Regarding the color that's exactly how I felt. It seemed like a mix between those three and I that makes the guitar look unique, which I love.

And for the second part: I read those stories, about how you know it when you get the right guitar in your hands. I felt sceptic about it, until it happened to me!
 

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Pretty new to the forum here. I've owned two Gibson SG's (sold one to buy this Les Paul) and several Epiphone Les Pauls (still got the new 50's Standard). But since saturday a first time Gibson Les Paul owner!

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Trying it out in the store...

I tried the 50's heritage cherry and a 60's unburst for almost two hours. I couldn't decide if I liked the 50's better than the 60's and somehow the unburst fell a bit off to me. Neither of these two guitars felt like one I would take home with me. Then I tried this 60's bourbon burst, which didn't really look like a bourbon burst.

The weight and balance of the guitar was the first thing I noticed. It was much lighter than the other two and felt more balanced in its weight, which felt really good. When I started playing it, this guitar clicked with me instantly, it felt just right for me. And I liked how it looked, with some grain and woodmarks in the top and the edges of the burst a bit more faded than the average model. And it was the only one of all of them that really resonated. I guess the weight and balance play a big part in how you feel the guitar resonating against your body. It was loud unplugged!

The guy in the store also showed me another bourbon burst they had in stock, which looked more like the usual bourbon burst and he thought had a nicer flame top. That one also felt good, but the nicer flame didn't bother me that much. This guitar had some kind of character that spoke to me, so I took it home and called it Angie. Very happy with my purchase and proud to finally call myself a Gibson Les Paul owner!

Fun fact: the guitar was made the 21st of april, arrived at the store on the 24th of april and I bought it the 2nd of may. So it's a fresh one, and a guitar made during the corona-crisis.
Trying it out in the store...

I tried the 50's heritage cherry and a 60's unburst for almost two hours. I couldn't decide if I liked the 50's better than the 60's and somehow the unburst fell a bit off to me. Neither of these two guitars felt like one I would take home with me. Then I tried this 60's bourbon burst, which didn't really look like a bourbon burst.

The weight and balance of the guitar was the first thing I noticed. It was much lighter than the other two and felt more balanced in its weight, which felt really good. When I started playing it, this guitar clicked with me instantly, it felt just right for me. And I liked how it looked, with some grain and woodmarks in the top and the edges of the burst a bit more faded than the average model. And it was the only one of all of them that really resonated. I guess the weight and balance play a big part in how you feel the guitar resonating against your body. It was loud unplugged!

The guy in the store also showed me another bourbon burst they had in stock, which looked more like the usual bourbon burst and he thought had a nicer flame top. That one also felt good, but the nicer flame didn't bother me that much. This guitar had some kind of character that spoke to me, so I took it home and called it Angie. Very happy with my purchase and proud to finally call myself a Gibson Les Paul owner!


Bingo!
You are a genius!

I'm not even kidding.
That's how anyone should buy a guitar.
:thumb:

And I see you own a Marshall head.
You have a great future, John!
:thumbs:
 

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Then I tried this 60's bourbon burst, which didn't really look like a bourbon burst.

And I liked how it looked, with some grain and woodmarks in the top and the edges of the burst a bit more faded than the average model. And it was the only one of all of them that really resonated. I guess the weight and balance play a big part in how you feel the guitar resonating against your body. It was loud unplugged!
Money Shot!


It falls on the Heritage Cherry side of Bourbon Burst, but looks incredible nonetheless. Subtle flame and grain are very vintage-y...

Kudos for your process: resonance and unplugged acoustic response are the key indicators, for me.

Congrats, and enjoy in good health! :cheers:
 

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That's a stunning Les Paul!

Congrats!! :thumb:

Great to hear it picked you rather than the other way around!

You got a great one!! And with that amp and cab, you're ready for business!
 

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I''m sure it's just lighting or something, but that finish looks very close to my TradProV,,which has a "washed cherry finish".
Anyway, it's a real looker. :dude:
 

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I''m sure it's just lighting or something, but that finish looks very close to my TradProV,,which has a "washed cherry finish".
Anyway, it's a real looker. :dude:
Yeah as you can see in the pictures the lighting makes a big difference. It looks different for me in real life depending which time of the day or in which kind of lighting I look at the guitar. On Sunday we shot a testvideo with our band where I played it, looked different to the pictures above as well.
 


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