What's The Best Sounding Les Paul You Played?

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My new Gibson Les Paul Custom Yellow Widow Burst with the 490R/498T pickups. The Custom's have a bit more of a full tone with a little extra growl that you just don't get with a Standard/Traditional/Classic Les Paul. The pickups have a really nice range of tone that you can get as well as being able to get a lot more subtle changes with the volume control.

 

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My new Gibson Les Paul Custom Yellow Widow Burst with the 490R/498T pickups. The Custom's have a bit more of a full tone with a little extra growl that you just don't get with a Standard/Traditional/Classic Les Paul. The pickups have a really nice range of tone that you can get as well as being able to get a lot more subtle changes with the volume control.

Let’s be honest, that thing could sound like a bolt-on neck Epi LP Special and I’d still play it! Just amazing looking. Like crazy, amazing, unbelievably gorgeous. That said, looks and tone=unicorn...and who doesn’t love unicorns? :laugh2:
 

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The equal best sounding affordable LP I've played has Eastman written on the headstock. The other is the 1976 played to death black and gold Custom my son just bought after looking for 2 years. He's a big guy, just as well as it weighs 11lbs...
 

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I played a 57 Junior that was the best sounding guitar I’ve ever touched. It was all beat to hell and glorious. I didn’t buy it on the spot because it was a little too pricey but I should have. Clean it sounded massive and dirty it was amazing. Sigh.
 

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This is my 2014 Custom Shop R8,.. the best tone i have ever heard from a Les Paul.
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Second best and a good match to the former is my 2014 CC#28 Ronnie Montrose R8

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My #1 and #2 - both LP Axcess with locking Faber Tone-lock Bridge and Tailpieces, Kluson Revolution locking tuners, and wired to 1960 specs with Burstbucker Pros. Run through my Friedman Smallbox 50 = oozing liquid sunshine.
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I know sound is subject to the person. But I was just wondering what your favorite is. I have only played my Traditional Pro with the stock '57 neck and burst bridge and it's awesome. :slash:
My 1976 Custom. I've been messing with the pickup height and other adjustments for years. I finally have what I like!
 

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This is my third favorite all time tone machine,.. A 2012 R9.
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I really like the tone of my chambered 2008 Standard...not quite as deep-sounding as a solid LP, but more detail.
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I know sound is subject to the person. But I was just wondering what your favorite is. I have only played my Traditional Pro with the stock '57 neck and burst bridge and it's awesome. :slash:
The best sounding Les Paul I ever played was a 1972 Custom and a 1973 Recording. Great guitars! Unfortunately, I no longer have either one, but I do have a 2013 Axcess Standard with the Floyd Rose bridge, and the 496R and 498T pickups with coil taps and tuning locks. Really nice guitar, fantastic for playing anything and feels great., I also have a 2016 Traditional Standard, also a really nice guitar that also has the coil taps, the bypass to the bridge pickup, and you can play out of phase with it. I am interested in a new Custom, but I want to wait till Gibson takes care of their financial problems. They recently filed for bankruptcy protection, and from what I understand the quality of the newer instruments, there's something to be desired. If you're going to pay 4K or more for a guitar, it better be worth it.
 

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My '12 Studio. Sorry for the weird video clip. This was recorded at low volume through a little old Peavey amp and a mobile phone:


Edit: Forgot to mention, those are the factory strings.
 

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These three, from left to right: 2009 Trad+ - '57s, 2014 Trad Pro II - '57 Neck/Super '57 Bridge, 2012 Jr. Special Humbucker - 490R Neck/490T Bridge
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Hello folks, this is my first post.
For me its my 2011 satin ebony Studio. I've played 3 in total, a 2013 studio of a friend and a 2016 Standard that I bought and then sold soon after. I really didn't get on with the burstbucker 1 & 2 & hated that they weren't simple to change.
I've just received a Gordon Smith Graduate, custom made and for way less than a Standard would cost, it is stunning both to play and to look at. Check them out if you don't know them.
 

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My R9 both my old one which is a 2014 and my new one which is a 2016 fantastic guitars custom wound Rick Norman pickups great sound! But I was also lucky enough to get to play a vintage 57 les paul jr. I think the jr is the best guitar I have ever played.
 


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