Les Paul. Need I say more?
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: e-bay
Sweetest guitar I've ever owned.
I've learned more in a month on this guitar than I learned in years on my accoustic. It plays like a dream.
I purchased a Marshall TSL601 and it's incredible. I'm really pleased with it.
Basically wanted top sustain for minimal cost. I play mostly for myself and some jams. It is always nice to pull a les paul out of the bag even if it a special. TO replace it I would consider any number of Gibson made guitars. Erny Ball makes a nice guitar. I would consider buying one of those. Got the Epiphone special, I would consider an upscale epi. The gibson could have a better edge on the neck and perhaps a better neck shape. The neck width is right though and it is good for speed. Love the sustain and the quality build. Worth the buy if you invest in a quality 3" strap to hold it up.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: A guy who gave up trying
US made mahogany with rosewood in spearmint, 6 string, front and rear pickup vol and tone, single 3 way switch, p-100 pickups. Vols are not top of the line. A little spotty at low vol. Hold tune very well even after an hour of super slinky action on the elixer's.
Lowered strings at bridge. Better speed. It is a very stable platform to work off of.
neck/fret sharp at thumb. plays better when held soft. The Epi special has more neck comfort and is lighter W/less sustain.
Amp is a Line 6, 210. I practice all effects. Sound makes mood, freestyle. The Gibson sounds more bright, more sustain than Epi. The independant vol/tones allow a wide variety of sounds that you cannot do with the Epi's single set. The Gibson gets static build on pick guard from little finger rubbing as picking guide. Makes a crackle sound for quiet play and clean play. The overall stock sound make the Gibson more fun to play than Epi even though Epi is easier.
Recently did a -44 F. transport to the shop. Coldest temp ever here. The Gibson came through very good , no retune needed! It is a very well built instrument for the money.
I chose this one because i was just starting and i just wanted a cheap guitar to start with. I really wouldn't care all that much if I lost it or it was stolen, i would be kind of mad, but I wouldn't replace it. I like this guitar because i can do whatever i want to it and i don't have to worry about it getting damaged because it's so cheap. It's pretty much you're average beginner guitar.
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
Series: Les Paul,
Style: 6 string,
Pickups: Two P-100 stacked humbuckers,
Bridge: ABR/Stop bar,
Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch,
This is an easy to play, cheap, and easy to abuse guitar. It's easier to play than my Ephiphone Goth Explorer because the Explorer rides so low and the headstock tends to dip down.
I use this with my 15 watt Peavey amp(i definetly need a new amp) I don't have any effects with it, and i've only used a wah-wah pedal with it. Compared to my Explorer the sound quality isn't all that great.
I've used it playing live and it plays good. I've had the screws that hold the strap come loose so i had to get replacements. Otherwise everything else that's wrong with it is from me abusing it:)
I've played and worked on a few Epi Les Pauls and in my opinion this is simply a better guitar. The tuners feel better, the factory set up was accurate and the hardware and pickups are far superior. There's 2 ways of looking at this guitar - as a stripped down Les Paul Studio (flat top, no pick guard, dot inlays) or as a modified Les Paul Junior (humbuckers instead of p 90's, no pick guard). I bought this guitar to get into a genuine Gibson Les Paul at a price I could afford and it is perfect in that respect. When I compared the cost to an Epi with replacement p/u's, toggle switch, tuners, bridge, etc.., this Gibson was the logical choice. Again, it's a super stripped down Les Paul cosmetically but certainly not in quality or sound.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
A real Les Paul made in the USA. Mahogany flat top body, 60's slim taper set neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, chrome hardware, Gibson deluxe tuners, 2 humbuckers - 490 (neck) and 498 (bridge), 2 vol & 2 tone controls, tune o matic & stop bar tail. This guitar has no binding at all and no arch top.
The action was pretty nice right out of the factory although I believe it could be set lower if that's your thing. I like it as is. The 60's slim taper neck is just what I was looking for, not too small like some import Strats I've played and not too big like a standard Les Paul neck. The finish on the body is a bit questionable. There's 1 small flaw in the finish (black) right by the neck that looks like a tiny burn mark from the rag wheel used for polishing at the factory. This doesn't bother me because I bought it for the sound, not the finish.
I love the way it sounds! It sustains like crazy. Although I haven't compared them first hand, I would bet it sounds VERY similar to a LP standard. I play rock but like any Les Paul in the right hands, it should cover many styles.
I've only owned this guitar for 6 months. It stays in tune pretty well and the only thing I've done is reset the intonation for heavier strings. The factory sets them up with 9's, I switched to 10's.