I picked this guitar over models from Fender, Schecter, Ibanez, ESP, and even a Les Paul Standard. I cannot imagine ever losing this guitar, if it was stolen, I would replace it before I paid my rent!
I love Love LOVE this guitar, it is not only the best one I own, but the best I have ever played. Great sounds, great feel, killer looks, and a price tag that won't break your heart.
I'm tempted to buy another one just on principle!
Price: $1099.00 (new)
I fell in love with this guitar from the moment I picked it up. Its the basic Studio model as far as the set-up, and the cosmetics put it over the top. I place a high value on simplicity, and this guitar takes the cake. The fact that it is all black except for the inlay makes it almost visually perfect for me. I'm still torn about the pickguard, which sometimes seems to be a bit glaring on an otherwise stripped-down looking guitar. That's a minor gripe, though, like complaining that the finish picks up fingerprints easily. No big deal, and it doesn't detract from the overall beauty of the guitar.
Its a bit thinner than a Standard Les Paul, and it doesn't have binding, but that's no great loss. In fact, the reduced weight is a plus. Its a well-balanced guitar, chunky without being back-breakingly heavy.
I love the neck on this guitar. The action was set right, the intonation was perfect. The frets were great, pretty much everything about this guitar screams "play me!" It stays in tune very well, even when I switch back and forth from drop-D.
I played about 10 guitars before this one, and 5-6 more after, and this one won out.
When I tested it at the store, it was through the worst amp on the floor. Even so, I could hear a huge difference between it and everything else I played. It has plenty of warmth and sustain, and growls when pushed.
Through a Peavey Bandit, the guitar has a great clean sound, and gives plenty of classic crunchy tones with the "dirty" channel. When played through a Randall Warhead combo, it really shines as a metal guitar, while retaining plenty of its character.
I've not had this guitar very long, but so far, no problems. The intonation has stayed true, it rarely even goes out of tune more than once during a 2-hour session of playing. It has become pretty much the only electric guitar I play, day in and day out, and it still feels and plays like new.
I would definatly recomend this guitar for anyone interested in playing any form of Rock. I chose this not only for its great looks, but also for the Gibson quality. No questions asked, if it were lost or stolen, I would replace it in a heartbeat. Rock on!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $999.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This guitar is one screamin' machine. It was love at first sight. It's mahogany body, and ebony fretboard give it a fat, but precise sound. Can be used to play almost anything. I play through an RP200 and Princeton 65 and every note is like angels singing. The two Alnico open-coils give it the real Les Paul sound.
Playing is wonderful, due in part to the ebony fretboard. It allows you amazing lead capabilities while retaining the ablility for power chords or rhythm playing. This is my first LP and I am very pleased with the sound.
Like I said, I play through a Princeton 65 and the guitar sounds righteous when played clean. A combination of rich, fat tones and soft, high, notes make this a very well rounded instrument. Playing through a processor doesn't take away from its sound at all. It enhances it greatly by taking its wonderful sound and giving you the desired effects. Great for any occasion, stage or studio.
Haven't had the guitar long enough to find this one out, but am going to give it a 5 in hopes that I will not be disappointed.
This guitar screamed "buy me" when I first saw it in an AMS catalog. I have always loved the sound of les pauls, but the cosmetics never did much for me. I am not a big fan of burst colors and gold or chrome hardware. I didn't consider any other guitars before buying this one. If it was lost or stolen, I would replace it as quickly as possible. The only things about the guitar that I didn't like were easy enough to fix...knobs and straplocks. There is some wood grain visible through the finish on the front of the guitar, but that doesn't bother me. If you think you might like to own one, buy it, I don't think you will regret it.
Price: $999.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Usedrockgear.com (eBay)
US made, same construction as les paul studio. 22 frets with markings only on the 12th. 2 humbuckers(490r and 498t)separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. This is my 1st les paul and I love it. Tone is rich and fat but it retains it's presence and precision. It has the '59 rounded neck,but it's not hard to get used to. You may hear that weight is an issue on this guitar, but you won't hear it from me. I own 2 charvels (475special and a 3a) and it actually seems lighter than both of them. Finish is flat black, which does show fingerprints, but that just adds character. All hardware is gloss black, but knobs are black plastic "tophats." I replaced the knobs with black metal tele style dome knobs in the first week.
The fat neck didn't take long to adjust to. The biggest adjustment of my style relates more to where my right hand rests on the guitar. This is my first guitar without a floyd rose type bridge(never used it anyway). I don't miss it. I'm looking forward to stringing my guitar without allen wrenches!
I play at home through a Peavy backstage50(pathetic, I know) but the guitar sounds great through it. The amp is noisy, but I can't blame the guitar for any of the noise. For stage and studio I play through a Digitech GSP5 into a Peavy VTM120 through a 412 Sheffield equipped cab.I play mostly rock with a punk edge. The sound is fuller than the charvels, and leads rip right through the music.(the charvels didn't do that). This guitar makes the charvels sound really thin. To make the charvels sound thicker, they seemed to loose their presence where the les paul doesn't. My only apprehensions to playing live with this guitar are at particularily rowdy shows(I don't want it to get dinged!) This is notably the least noisy guitar I have owned. The only mods I think it needed were some better looking knobs, and some schaller strap locks.
I haven't owned it long enough to answer this section. I have faith that it would hold up for nightly gigging without a problem. I'll give it a "4" and hope it does better.