Traditional...What is your preferred year? Why?

integra evan

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2017 takes the cake for me. Nylon nut, rolled fretboard binding, no weight relief, hand wired with orange drops, nickel hardware, ABR1 bridge (although it still has insert in body), creamier color plastics and binding, consistent tops, dark fretboards. 2013 is a close 2nd.
 
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2013 for me.

- Solid body
- TonePros Kluson Deluxe tuners
- Handwired with orange drops

I got lucky and got one that weighs 9.2lbs.
It's a two piece back.

My friend has a 2013 with a one piece back, it's quite beautiful - has some nice grain going on there - tho his is a bit heavier I think.

The TonePros Klusons look and work great. They were gone after 2014.
Nothing against the Ping Wells made Gibson Deluxes, but they just look too square-ish to me, I really don't like how they look.

Plus it was the last year they made them in Chicago Blue

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It seems like keeping up with the changes of these guitars is like blowing over Giant Steps at 300 pm! I have 2 2012's that are just perfect for me. Actually one is a Trad Pro, but I swapped out the tuners for TP Klusons, and I don't really need all of the splitting options, so all-in-all...I prefer a straight Traditional. I'm thinking of trading for another, since I've got plenty of guitars...some never get airtime. Here's what I don't want...
-A goofy inlay at 12.
-A zero fret nut
-A black or metal nut.
-Robot f-ing tuners
-Grovers
-Missing p-chip.
-100 switching options.
-To mod/parts swap
I think that eliminates 2014, 15, 17, and 18? Obviously, I'm looking for the vintage vibe and nothing "modern," but conversely...I'm an open-minded person.
What do you like?
What do you think I would like?
Just looking for an interesting discussion here.
Get a 2017. Very close to historic spec, nylon nut, etc.
 

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Probably a 14 or 15 for me. I'm intrigued with non-weight relieved even though weight-relieved does not bother me.

Heck. I even like the Standard '08 chambered model
He said he didnt want the inlay (2014) or zero fret nut (2015).
 

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I too have no use for coil splitting Les Paul's. If I want that I wouldn't be looking at a Les Paul in the first place. Also I wouldn't want one with a trem. Of any kind. Want something with a trem and coil taps? Save yourself a bunch of cash and get yourself an Ibanez. PU's … I like either the Burstbucker Pro's, 490's , or the Ceramic 496 & 500. Burstbucker 1, 2, &3 not so much. 57's are great on an SG or 335. Never did it for me on a Les Paul. Though I would like to see what they sound like on a Supreme. As I never heard a Supreme (490's) I liked. I'd stay away from the chambered, the Asymetrical neck. Not crazy about the locking Grovers. TonePros bridge, take it or leave it Nashville bridge, useable. All bridges can be upgraded. Just my opinion. And I know my shit stinks. So take it or leave it. Bottom line is what gets your nut.
 

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Don't think I've ever seen any Trad with coil splitting, locking tuners, asym neck, chambered, or a trem?
 

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You know by the time I get to page 6, I seem to get lost. Short term memory first thing to go.
 

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2013 . 2011-2012's some had layered fingerboards. Anything newer is next to impossible to find one piece backs
 

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This is my 2010 Traditional.

I had it refretted straightaway with Dunlop 6150 frets and NO nibs.

Has original Patient # pickups and all new CTS 500K close tolerance pots and NOS PIO caps with 50's style wiring.

Sports a MASSIVE 50's neck and nickel Tone Pro's hardware.

Amber toggle switch and new knobs and pointers.

Has a lovely one piece back as well. Recently added aged nickel Grover tuners too.

This in my book is the very definition of perfection. Sort of my own custom R8 if you will.

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So now that the traditional is gone the Standard is the Traditional since the "Original' line-up is introduced, correct? If so then my favorite traditional must be the 2019 Standard 50's :) I base that on specs only. I own a 2016 and it is a fantastic guitar but I see myself dropping it for the right '19 Standard in the future if the price was right.
 




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