If this guitar were lost or stolen, I would definitely
want it replaced. After a little work, this guitar plays
sounds like a dream. My only complaint is the
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: Elderly Instruments
Mahogony body with tone chambers and AAA flame top
24 fret '59 slim-taper neck w/ trapezoid inlays
Single volume, tone controls. 3-way toggle selector
H/H config. 490 and 498T HB
Double cutaway w/ Beveled Back
I love the way this guitar plays. A Les Paul Std. neck
with 24 frets and double cutaway access. It's light,
fast, the knob setup is simple. I'm glad I have a wide
leather strap to keep it steady though, as it is somewhat
top heavy. The workmanship is somewhat sloppy with
cracking completely around the headstock logo inlay and
some orangepeeling where the neck joins the body in back.
There was also a slight warp in the neck around the tenth
fret. I DID NOT feel that Elderly Instruments were
completely forthcoming in the description of the overall
condition of this guitar, in fact there was no mention
whatsoever of any of the aforementioned problems prior to
sale, along with some major gouges on the guitar's body
face. The guitar was such a TONE MACHINE, however, that
I was able to overlook the myriad cosmetic and
construction quality issues this one time. I would have
preferred to make a more informed purchase.
This ax sounds fantastic with every amp I've played it
through. (I currently run it through a Mesa/Boogie DC-5)
Great for any style, although somewhat noisy.(probably
due to a loose connection).
Rock solid. No complaints. It stays in tune really
well. The neck becomes somewhat tacky in colder, damp or
sticky weather, making it somewhat more difficult to
I really want another one, I am so in love with this guitar I actually treat myself by playing it. I can be lying around playing my JB and think, nah, the moods not right to play the Les.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $1400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Victor Litz Music, Silver Spring MD
Made in the US.
Body:Carved Figured AAA maple top, chambered mahogany back
Fingerboard/Inlay:Rosewood 24 frets/Pearloid trapezoid
Pickups :490R Alnico magnet humbucker,498T Alnico magnet humbucker
Controls :One volume, one tone, three-way switch
The original action bothered me, so I had it lowered and 9's put on. THe guitar playes so well it's unbelievable. The neck is a bit fatter than I was used to, but no different from your usual LP neck. It doesn't play as fast as a Ibanez or one of those shreddy type guitars, but it plays fast and smooth. I have no flaws to report
The sound quality is what made me buy this guitar. It is really lite but resonates perfectly. I have played it through many amps and the sound is still great. better suited for distortion though, it is not the brightest sounding guitar. This guitar sounds exactly what a good guitar should sound like, versatile, smooth, creamy, no buzz. This is definately a stage guitar.
I do have to say I am a bit dlicate with this guitar. I very rarely leave it out of it's case, and when I do I play it gingerly. I have had it adjusted 3 times in 3 years, which seemed to be necessary unfortunately. The strap locks that I installed are hanging in there, and there does not appear to be anything wrong with the guitar as of yet. The guitar does not play very well in the cold though.
Like playing a harp from heaven. . . That can wail. . .
Price: $1150.00 (new)
It's simplicity is what makes it so excellent.
A perfect concert guitar, helps make a confusing set up that more frindly. The 24 frets are also awesome. They make the 22 fret much more accesible/
SUSTAIN, with this guitar you feel like you can hold a note from now to forever.
So far so good. It can take a bump or two. I still suggest getting one of Gibson's big durable cases.