the official Les Paul Traditional love thread

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I'm sure I've posted in here previous but I just pulled mine out of mothballs the other day. It's been sitting around as a shell for quite some time- really needs a refret.

Threw some new Grover Milk bottles on it.

Found some old worn plastics and knobs (Yeah I know, I need a complete new set of 4 matching- I actually like those nasty looking notched speed knobs from a utility standpoint, but I only had three).

That's a new Stew Mac ABR and some faber Nashville conversion studs/posts (hated the semi permanent ones-iNserts ?- sustain increased but sounded like absolute garbage on both my les pauls)

Gibson Alum TP, Gibson stock brass studs, and some faber tone lock TP spacers

This guitar has the absolute best neck ever for me- one of those big chunky R8 style necks they were doing in '13/'14, but unfortunately the very low first year cryogenic frets (don't believe the hype, they do wear out slightly slower, but they wear out/groove easily enough. C shape louisville slugger.

Plenty of dings/nicks and scars (the back is worse LOL) It's been through alot.




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I'm sure I've posted in here previous but I just pulled mine out of mothballs the other day. It's been sitting around as a shell for quite some time- really needs a refret.

Threw some new Grover Milk bottles on it.

Found some old worn plastics and knobs (Yeah I know, I need a complete new set of 4 matching- I actually like those nasty looking notched speed knobs from a utility standpoint, but I only had three).

That's a new Stew Mac ABR and some faber Nashville conversion bushings (hated the semi permanent ones-iNserts ?- sustain increased but sounded like absolute garbage on both my les pauls)

Gibson Alum TP, Gibson stock brass studs, and some faber tone lock TP spacers

This guitar has the absolute best neck ever for me- one of those big chunky R8 style necks they were doing in '13/'14, but unfortunately the very low first year cryogenic frets (don't believe the hype, they do wear out slightly slower, but they wear out/groove easily enough. C shape louisville slugger.

Plenty of dings/nicks and scars (the back is worse LOL) It's been through alot.




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Is it a 2013, 2014?

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I'm sure I've posted in here previous but I just pulled mine out of mothballs the other day. It's been sitting around as a shell for quite some time- really needs a refret.

Threw some new Grover Milk bottles on it.

Found some old worn plastics and knobs (Yeah I know, I need a complete new set of 4 matching- I actually like those nasty looking notched speed knobs from a utility standpoint, but I only had three).

That's a new Stew Mac ABR and some faber Nashville conversion bushings (hated the semi permanent ones-iNserts ?- sustain increased but sounded like absolute garbage on both my les pauls)

Gibson Alum TP, Gibson stock brass studs, and some faber tone lock TP spacers

This guitar has the absolute best neck ever for me- one of those big chunky R8 style necks they were doing in '13/'14, but unfortunately the very low first year cryogenic frets (don't believe the hype, they do wear out slightly slower, but they wear out/groove easily enough. C shape louisville slugger.

Plenty of dings/nicks and scars (the back is worse LOL) It's been through alot.




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Hey Jbash, great looking geet. I have a ‘14 Trad that was a gift (yes my wife is incredible) and it too has that big ol’neck. I’ve had it since the beginning of Jan./2014. I concur with your findings.
 

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2014, I sneaked the inlay in on the second pic. Some folks 'round these parts get a might offended with the 2014s and 2015s. ;)
Haha yes I remember all of the posts about the inlay. Rediculous. It’s a USA TRAD not an Historic lol. Nice work.
 

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Bought a 2014 trad 2 weeks ago. 59t pups are my favorite ever. Just amazing pickups clear, crisp, woody, articulate. 9.4lbs non weight relieved. Great 50s neck. A stunner. Only oddity is its a honeyburst but looks like iced tea. Also 14s were rim bursts. I also have a 16 (proper) honeyburst trad that is a close second.
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Got this a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find this thread to upload some photos.

It’s a 2012 Desert Burst Traditional (Standard) with a big 50’s neck and ‘57’s. Love it..

It weighs 10.5 lbs.

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Haha yes I remember all of the posts about the inlay. Rediculous. It’s a USA TRAD not an Historic lol. Nice work.
Obviously, based on my avatar- which is my 2014 Classic Conversion-now owned by my Son, the 125 inlay doesn't bother me ;)

Aesthetically I think the actual worst thing about the guitar is the "pinkish" binding they were using then on all guitars with binding. And even if you switch all the other plastics to a more "correct" color, it still clashes with the binding. In the pics I posted above the natural light coming in from the window makes the binding appear more normal.

That said, It's pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, I don't lose any sleep over it and if the right 2014 came up for sale , I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
 

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Let me add my new Traditional to the mix. It's a 2013 that has been pretty heavily upgraded with Creamtone Absolute Vintage parts and Pearly Gates pickups.

Plays and sounds incredible! Lowest action I've ever had on any guitar. View attachment 451568 View attachment 451569 View attachment 451570 View attachment 451571
Let me add my new Traditional to the mix. It's a 2013 that has been pretty heavily upgraded with Creamtone Absolute Vintage parts and Pearly Gates pickups.

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What a beaut!!

how low is low? I’m a low action hound.
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I don't own one myself, but I'd bet 10 years from now pre 2019 Traditionals will be a lot more desirable and sought after than the 2019 50s Standards.

Once the smoke clears from all the marketing hype of the new regime, I think we're going to see a lot more dumbing down in the USA line with fewer options available and more cost cutting features marketed as "back to basics".

On the flip side, I think we'll see a lot more variety coming out of the Custom shop with the rise of m2m dealer exclusives :)
Fair point. So apart from the T59s and the commemorative inlay, whats the difference between a 2013/14 trad and the new 50s Original Collection Standard?
 

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On the regular Traditional models, basically that's correct.
On the "Pro" models that were exclusive to GC/MF, they had their own neck variations regardless of year.
Yep. My 2014 Trad Pro II 50's, has a a slightly smaller neck than my 2009 Trad.
 

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2008 Traditional now with Jescar 57110 SS frets, Faber ABR bridge & aluminum locking tailpiece, Jonesyblues harness, have a set of Mojotone Low winds to put in it unless i buy something else before I get around to it, have been playing this more than any of my other guitars for awhile now.
 

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I'll try to get some better pictures eventually...







This was when I first bought it from Wildwood. It is a 2018 Traditional and it is a fantastic guitar. It has since been top wrapped but is otherwise stock, I've thought about changing the pups to a set of Seth Lovers, but I think the BurstBuckers sound great so I really don't have a reason to change them.
 

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May I revive this awesome thread of Traditionals? Here’s my 2016 in honey burst. Mostly stock except for a bone nut, a plastic jack plate, and amber knobs. I have a R7 and this Traditional. They are very different guitars, but the Trad is every bit as awesome as the R7.
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