WHY so little love for the early 2000 LP Elegant

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I just sold my 01 elegant , it was nice but thin sounding....i never heard anyone oh or ahhh over them like the reissues ....Whats your opinion as to why they fell thru the cracks ?
 

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Was just thinking about this. Ditto for Class 5 Les Pauls. I feel like these were a shot at the PRS McCarty and a decent alternative. I think the two biggest reasons are: 1) Gibson never got close to as good at PRS in top selection, multi-step top finishing, and tasteful selection of colors, and 2) they're at a price point where buyers are usually looking for either vintage or fully-custom specs and instead they were typical modern specs.

The current McCarty 594 tries hard to get a lot of correct vintage Gibson specs in materials, pickups, etc. I feel like there could be a market for Gibson to compete with an updated LP Elegant but with Reissue hardware, carve, and electronics. But WTF do I know.
 

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For me I’d rather have an ultima or Supreme…
elegants were/are cool but priced kinda rich for my blood…unless we are talking the aforementioned models

they are cool…but price overlap made me almost forget they existed

-chris
 

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For me I’d rather have an ultima or Supreme…
elegants were/are cool but priced kinda rich for my blood…unless we are talking the aforementioned models

they are cool…but price overlap made me almost forget they existed

-chris
To me the Ultima is a bit too much of a good thing... getting more into the PRS Dragon aesthetic. The Supreme is cool if you're into Custom instead of Standard aesthetics.

I like the overall Standard color scheme and aesthetics of the Elegant, but they just didn't quite hit the mark.

This 1959 I think is exactly what they need to do but in more colors. Maybe lose the poker chip to show off a touch more wood https://reverb.com/item/47038977-20...-Shop_unpaid&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google
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I used to test drive a natural finish Les Paul Elegant at Guitar Showcase all the time. I absolutely loved that thing.
 

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People are picky about their LP's. It think Elegants were chambered so that wasn't as widely accepted as your R0. IMHO.
Oh yea, that's a big factor right there. If they're going through the trouble of picking out top quality maple tops, they should pick out lightweight backs and skip the chambering at that price.
 

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To me the Ultima is a bit too much of a good thing... getting more into the PRS Dragon aesthetic. The Supreme is cool if you're into Custom instead of Standard aesthetics.

I like the overall Standard color scheme and aesthetics of the Elegant, but they just didn't quite hit the mark.

This 1959 I think is exactly what they need to do but in more colors. Maybe lose the poker chip to show off a touch more wood https://reverb.com/item/47038977-20...-Shop_unpaid&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google
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yeah, I haven’t found the right one

this one has me quite tempted…if tesla can get Berlin and austin factories opened and producing at 50%+ by Q3 I will get it…if still for sale

 

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