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Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

Here's what I've noticed from combing the market: MOST of the LPR's on the market at the moment are totally F*cked. This guitar (my favourite, for good reasons) is a magnet for electronic HACKS and NUTJOBS. I swear that ALL the last LPR's I've had the opportunity to appraise were butchered in the circuits. The neck can be in mint condition, but the Decade switch is often bypassed, pots replaced, knobs replaced with generic SPEEDKNOBS.

As long as you don't intend to play a note, THEY're GREAT COLLECTIBLES for people with money but without any working knowledge of the instrument. It's delicate, kinda to inform some of those collectors that yes, the signal's going through, but that the Decade, Bass roll-off are only visuals; they aren't actually connected.

EBay is filled with "the cleanest Recording you've ever SEEN", "seen" being the operative word. Of course, you can't get a straight answer from anyone, as no-one's the original owner, and don't know how it's SUPPOSED to work.

It is really pathetic.

Write-me a line...

A_C

: : We should start a les paul recording fan club cause i know there's lots others out there who just adore these things. I think why they weren't so popular back then was it was ahead of it's time. Now days, for the most part, guitar players of all kinds are having an appreciation for fine crafted guitars with all kinds of bells and whistles. I have a 71' that I bought four years ago and have loved every pickin' on it. Long live the recording!

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

Ac....I agree with you dude. People just don't know how good this damned guitar really is. Mine sound fantastic. The pickups sound very much like P-90s, and are quiet. I admit I don't use the Strat switch, because presetting sounds has never been one of my fave things....but everything else about the guitar....is excellent. So regarding the non-Recording Model understanders.....leave 'em to their Jacksons, and "I-bin-hads"...and we'll get on with our Lo-Imp duties.
Cheers!
M.S.

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

Yo...great idea! I'll be the first to join a Les Paul Lo-Impedance Fan Club. I don't have ANY time for that kind of thing, but I'll MAKE time.
It's so true that most people take the guts out of these beauties. Why? well...most people are McDonald's burger-eatin', K-car drivin', Lord of The Rings watchin', lemming motherfuckers, who have no class, no idea...and no nothin' when it comes to real music. So it's up to us, the proud and the few...who have an idea what it's all about, to save these last few LPR Lo-Imps from all the amateur luthier jackoffs. Death to Seymour Dimarzio!!! lol

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

Uh, I apologize for saying motherfucker in my last entry. Usually I put a * in place of some of the letters of the nasty word when I curse. I promise I won't cuss again in this forum. Anyway, let's resume this excellent Les Paul Lo-Imp forum! I want to learn everything there is to learn about this fantastic guitar.

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

If it's good enough for Les Paul himself, it should be good enough for you. I caught his act last nite in NYC. He used the Recording model with about 5 stomp boxes thru a Roland Jazz Chorus amp - it was sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

: If it's good enough for Les Paul himself, it should be good enough for you. I caught his act last nite in NYC. He used the Recording model with about 5 stomp boxes (chorus, delays, EQs) thru a Roland Jazz Chorus amp - it was sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Re: LES PAUL RECORDING AND THE MENTAL CONDITIONS SURROUNDING OWING ONE

I, too, sought out and specifically purchased a Les Paul Recording. It is now my primary guitar (I have several including an EDS-1275). I have no regrets and would buy another one without hesitation.
In my opinion, it is probably one Gibson's best guitar efforts from the early 1970's.

: HELLO! I KNOW A LOT OF LES PAUL FANS ARE GONNA THINK I'M BONKERS ON THIS ONE, BUT I FEEL THE RECORDING IS A TERRIFIC MODEL. I'M A SESSION GUITARIST IN BOSTON, AND THE TONAL OPTIONS AFFORDED ON THIS GUITAR ARE JUST ONE OF THE REASONS I SOUGHT ONE OUT ,"IN THE BRUSH". I FINALLY FOUND ONE (SERIAL# AVAILABLE UPON RESPONSE) FOR THE 1971 PRICE OF $650!!! (VERY GOOD CONDITION MAHOGANY TOP.) THE "DECADE" TONE(?) POT IS VERY INTERESTING, SEEMS TO MODIFY/FILTER HIGHER END FREQUENCIES- FOR 10 POSITIONS, YOU CAN HEAR THEM ALL! CURRENTLY THE GUITAR IS NOT FOR SALE (AM I NUTS?) BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM RECORDING OWNERS ABOUT THIS OBSCURE 'PAUL 71-80 THAT HOPEFULLY WILL NOT BE REISSUED. (WHY? BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AN EPIPHONE!)

"The Paul" series Les Pauls

Whats the word on these late seventies Pauls The Series.
I know it was Gibsons first stripped down Paul to help compete with
imports.

Is the wood actually walnut??? What type of Humbuckers??
The few I run across seem to be reasonably priced. 400.00 - 500.00

Re: "The Paul" series Les Pauls

: Whats the word on these late seventies Pauls The Series.
: I know it was Gibsons first stripped down Paul to help compete with
: imports.

: Is the wood actually walnut??? What type of Humbuckers??
: The few I run across seem to be reasonably priced. 400.00 - 500.00

I just aquired one last spring - a '78. Actually, its my second '78. I bought one used in '79, then traded it in '83 for a Strat. I always wished I had kept it so when I found one, I bought it. I had a few of the same questions. Below is an e-mail I received from Gibson regarding the pickups. As for the wood, according to people I've talked to, it is solid walnut. The one I bought needed cleaning up a lot and the pots needed replacing. I also replaced the bridge and stop, the tuning keys, and put gold Classic '57+'s on it. The original bridge, stop and tuning keys had already been replaced with gold and were pretty nasty.I changed the pickups just because I wanted that sound. Hey, it wasn't original anymore anyway. It sounds incredible, looks great, has incredible action, and plays like a dream. With all the gold against the dark walnut body, it looks really sharp. I've gotta tell you, the latest "The Paul's" are not like the ones made back in the 70's. There is a huge difference in quality and performance. Around 1980, they changed the name of the model to something like Firebird. As for the price, you can't beat the value for what you get. I play mine a lot and it has replaced my two Strat's as my favorite.

Hi,
The original pickups were called "Patent Number Humbuckers". And they are identical.
Either pickup can go in either position. The Classic Plus's have more punch than the originals.

Regards,
Reid Hanson
Gibson Musical Instruments

les paul special is it a good deal?

I'd appreciate some advice from anyone knowledgeable on new guitar prices.My son (almost 14 ) has been playing for 3years now, starting with 3/4 classical,then accoustis & now has a peavey electric.We have the oppounity to buy a NEW Gibson Les Paul special (tooacco sunburst)serie nr;94088549 for 1950 Dutch guilders that's about 4,680 US dollars .I must say it is a very reputable shop & the guitar has been hanging in the shop as a status symbol for the last 2 years, The owner says that 2 years ago it had a price tag of 6000 US dollars.My son has it at home now to try out whilst his guitar is being repaired,I must say its a very impressive sound.As my husband & myself are real greenhornes as far as guitars go can anyone tell us if this is a good deal?My son is extremely dedicated to his guitar playing,so at the moment this is the guitar of his dreams, but it is an awful lot of dough!

Re: les paul special is it a good deal?

: I'd appreciate some advice from anyone knowledgeable on new guitar prices.My son (almost 14 ) has been playing for 3years now, starting with 3/4 classical,then accoustis & now has a peavey electric.We have the oppounity to buy a NEW Gibson Les Paul special (tooacco sunburst)serie nr;94088549 for 1950 Dutch guilders that's about 4,680 US dollars .I must say it is a very reputable shop & the guitar has been hanging in the shop as a status symbol for the last 2 years, The owner says that 2 years ago it had a price tag of 6000 US dollars.My son has it at home now to try out whilst his guitar is being repaired,I must say its a very impressive sound.As my husband & myself are real greenhornes as far as guitars go can anyone tell us if this is a good deal?My son is extremely dedicated to his guitar playing,so at the moment this is the guitar of his dreams, but it is an awful lot of dough!
NB
1950 dutch guilders should read 813 US Dollars!!
A terrible conversion mistake,SORRY !

Re: les paul special is it a good deal?

Gibson keeps changing the specifications of the Les Paul Specials, so it is hard to be exact.

Here goes, I hope someone will write in and correct any errors I may make.

The Les Paul Special SL is a model that is discontinued. Prices are generally discounted about 40% from list price here in the states, Les Paul Special SL's go for about $500USD right now. The SL has a cheaper finish that the lacquer used in more expensive models. The pickups are P-100's, soap-bar styled humbuckers.

The newest Les Paul Special model, has, I believe, the much more expensive lacquer finish and has binding on the neck, which the older SL model did not.

It costs about $750USD AFTER discount, as I recall. All of these are great guitars (I have the older, cheaper, SL model) and it sounds to me like $813USD is in the ballpark.

Enjoy!

Seth F. Ullman
sfullman@netzero.net

: : I'd appreciate some advice from anyone knowledgeable on new guitar prices.My son (almost 14 ) has been playing for 3years now, starting with 3/4 classical,then accoustis & now has a peavey electric.We have the oppounity to buy a NEW Gibson Les Paul special (tooacco sunburst)serie nr;94088549 for 1950 Dutch guilders that's about 4,680 US dollars .I must say it is a very reputable shop & the guitar has been hanging in the shop as a status symbol for the last 2 years, The owner says that 2 years ago it had a price tag of 6000 US dollars.My son has it at home now to try out whilst his guitar is being repaired,I must say its a very impressive sound.As my husband & myself are real greenhornes as far as guitars go can anyone tell us if this is a good deal?My son is extremely dedicated to his guitar playing,so at the moment this is the guitar of his dreams, but it is an awful lot of dough!
: NB
: 1950 dutch guilders should read 813 US Dollars!!
: A terrible conversion mistake,SORRY !

cheapo!

I was wondering where to pick up a les paul for about £200. good condition etc. help?

Re: cheapo!

Try "Bill's Music" on 89 Foster Street, Peabody, Massachusetts, USA. He'll ship overseas. The Phone Number in America is 1-978-977-9141. You'll have to find the country code, tell him Mike Loce sent you. He is one of the best dealers of Les Pauls here in the States. Best wishes. mike.

Need Advice

I would like to purchase a Les Paul guitar for my 8 yr old son. He wants to start taking lessons this fall. What Les Paul would be appropriate for his first guitar?

Re: Need Advice

I would agree with my counterpart that 8 years old is a little young to be starting with a full sized Les Paul. As a subistitute until the big guy is ready for full size, Epiphone makes a small sized guitar. Instead of 2 humbucking pickups, it has one, but has a full sized neck. it's even personally endorsed by Les Paul himself!

But if you've got your heart set on a full sized, I recommend either the Epiphone Les Paul Special II or the Gibson Les Paul Special SL. These are two very different guitars in quality and price, so let me elaborate.
The Epiphone Special II goes for about $180 by itself, but also comes in a "Gig Rig" that includes an amplifier and gig bag which goes for about $300 or less. I owned one of these for three years, and it's a workhorse. When I sold it to a friend of mine, it was still in almost perfect condition. Of course, I was seventeen when I got it; I'm not sure how long it would last in the hands of an eight year old, but it's a well made, long lasting model.
Then you could take the plunge. The Gibson Les Paul Special SL is the cheapest Gibson Paul you can get at around $500. But this is definitely not to be handled by an eight year old. Made in the USA, it's much better sounding, and easier to play. But it's also a lot more expensive.

Hope this helps a little bit. Any or all of these models can be found on the internet sites like samash.com or musiciansfriend.com.

Re: Need Advice

8 years is awfully young and you'll need a small guitar. I think epiphone makes a 3/4 size model, I think. If not the make nice Les Pauls that are good to start with.

Les Paul Triumph Bass

I am looking for a white Les Paul Truimph bass guitar circa 1970-78.
If you know where I might find one, please email. Not interested in natural color or "recording". Only a white triumph will do, with case.

Ace frehley les paul

Im looking to by a Ace Frehley les paul , I want any reviews,comments etc... Thanks ,daryl

Re: Ace frehley les paul

: Im looking to by a Ace Frehley les paul , I want any reviews,comments etc... Thanks ,daryl

They are awesome! The best ones are the Epiphone ones that are black and have his signature on the 12th fret! That is what I have. They're about $800.

we need info?????

We came across an old Les Paul that we would like to restore. I think we will need to replace the neck (it looks bowed), and I am sure the pick-ups need replaced. Someone painted it red, if you can believe that. I want to strip the paint off, but I am not sure how it was origionally finished. I would guess that it is aprox. 15-20 years old. If you could give me any advice, I would appreciate it.
Thanks.
Sissy

Re: we need info?????

Wow thats alot of work. The neck is glued in and it will take a pro to replace it. It maybe that the truss rod needs tightened, just turn the nut up by the tuners in 1/4 turns clockwise, there should be a slight bow. Cherry Sunburst, Black, or Wine Red are good colors that LP are usually colored.

1990 Les Paul Special $600

1990 Les Paul Special  $600

This popular thread has been given its own page : 1990 Les Paul Special $600

pickups in Les pauls

What significant difference, if any would changing the pickups in an
old spec Les Paul Standard from the Alnico's to a 496R and a
500T ( ceramics) have on the tone. I tried a brand new one recently and this guitar had
a sticker suggesting it had the ceramic pickups in it, and it sounded
alot more choclatey than all the other standards I was A/Bing it with. Is it my imagination
that this guitar had ceramic pickups. The '60 Classic uses them doesn't it, what sort
of sound does this achieve and do the covers make a difference? If it's any help
I'm interseted in that Kossof/Knopfler/Rossington(Skynnyrd) type sound.
Any comments or ideas would be gratefully recieved.
Cheers!

Re: pickups in Les pauls

Check out the comments in the review section of www.harmony-central.com/guitar . The consensus is that the 500T is loud & harsh, though I have one in a Flying V & it sounds good. I have a Seymour Duncan JB in my LP bridge, though!

Need info on Les Paul

I own a Les Paul Standard with serial number 400749. Supposedly, it was produced right after Les Paul agreed to start putting his name back on this model (sometime in the sixties?). I bought the guitar in September of 1972. Can anyone tell me if it's worth what someone once told me (around $3,000 because of the timing of Les Paul coming back into the fold).

Re: Need info on Les Paul

Here is the scoop on the Standard.Sunburst w/two humbuckers from mid '58 to '60. SG body from '61 to '63. Renamed SG standard in late '63. Issued as a goldtop w/p-90 pick-ups for 1968-1969. in 1969 it was renamed Les Paul Deluxe. Reintroduced w/two humbuckers in 1976 up to reissue present.
I hope this will help. Rock On.

Re: Need info on Les Paul 1969 GOLDTOP

: Here is the scoop on the Standard.Sunburst w/two humbuckers from mid '58 to '60. SG body from '61 to '63. Renamed SG standard in late '63. Issued as a goldtop w/p-90 pick-ups for 1968-1969. in 1969 it was renamed Les Paul Deluxe. Reintroduced w/two humbuckers in 1976 up to reissue present.
: I hope this will help. Rock On.

98 Double Cutaway Standard

I am thinking about getting one of these. Would like to hear feedback from owners. Is it a lot lighter than the regular Les Paul? How about sustain, etc.

Thanks for reading.

Re: 98 Double Cutaway Standard

The 98 Les Paul DC's are excellent, I own one and its great
excellent sustain, nice fat sound, the weight is one of the best features its light but that doesnt compromise the sound at all

Les Paul Studio (lightweight)

Looking for a Les Paul Studio (Light)? Black in color with gold hardware..............thank you

56 Les Paul Gold Top (p90 pic-ups) Original with Brown case

To any one out there looking for this marvelous piece of art.
contact me :\
strydomj@dinersclub.co.za
sting_za@yahoo.com

Re: 56 Les Paul Gold Top (p90 pic-ups) Original with Brown case

email ttucker@goquest,com have 56 model intrested in price range wanting to sell

Re: 56 Les Paul Gold Top (p90 pic-ups) Original with Brown case

email ttucker@goquest,com have same model intrested in price range wanting to sell

Re: 56 Les Paul Gold Top (p90 pic-ups) Original with Brown case

: To any one out there looking for this marvelous piece of art.
: contact me :\
: strydomj@dinersclub.co.za
: sting_za@yahoo.com
email have same model intrested in price range wanting to sell

Re: 56 Les Paul Gold Top (p90 pic-ups) Original with Brown case

: To any one out there looking for this marvelous piece of art.
: contact me :\
: strydomj@dinersclub.co.za
: sting_za@yahoo.com
email have same model intrested in price range wanting to sell

79 Les Paul Standard - to buy or not

Can anyone give me their guess at the value of a beat up 79 LP standard??? I think it could be called well loved but has virtually all the laquer worn off the neck, a quite large amount off the body, and well worn fretts. but overall appears straight and solid. Body appears to be one piece with no join and color is tobacco burst.
Any comments welcome!!!

thanks for the help.
Peter

Re: 79 Les Paul Standard - to buy or not

I play a '79 Les Paul Standard (Wine Red).

I can tell you one thing, if you're buying it to play and I mean _play_ long and hard, the '79 will give you no trouble 'cept for the occaisional piece of varnish flaking off.

As far as the value goes, it sounds like the finish is pretty beat up. Mine had a great finish and I stole it from a second-hand shop for $425 USD (I saw a similar one the next week for $900 in a certain superstore - something about a 'center' for guitars)

You can never tell without looking at it but my guess is that this 'Paul should go for around $3-500 USD. depending on any damage to the wood.

Hope this helps...

<_>

: Can anyone give me their guess at the value of a beat up 79 LP standard??? I think it could be called well loved but has virtually all the laquer worn off the neck, a quite large amount off the body, and well worn fretts. but overall appears straight and solid. Body appears to be one piece with no join and color is tobacco burst.
: Any comments welcome!!!

: thanks for the help.
: Peter

Les Paul Studio

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I'm thinking about getting a Les Paul Studio rather than a standard. Is the binding the only real difference or is there something 'they' are not telling me. Comments please...

Re: Les Paul Studio

Nope, there's nothing they're not telling you. I bought my Black Studio brand new in 1990, put a chrome Bigsby on it in '95, and brother, now it's my main axe for Casino Jazz gigs here in New England. It feels great- just a standard, no binding. Neck pickup is a 490R, and bridge is a 498T. Same sound, but in my opinion, The Studios in black and chrome are the best lookin'! (so I'm biased,guys..) Along with the Bigsby, I added Sperzels.

Re: Les Paul Studio

I bought a black studio with chrome hardware last night, I am feeling so damn good right now.

In my opinion, this guitar is truly the best looking guitar on the market. Who needs a binding?
Not me.

Re: Les Paul Studio

: I'm thinking about getting a Les Paul Studio rather than a standard. Is the binding the only real difference or is there something 'they' are not telling me. Comments please...

Well, I can tell you I own a Les Paul Studio with a Fender Perfomer 1000 amplifier and I'm more than happy!

Re: Les Paul Studio

: I'm thinking about getting a Les Paul Studio rather than a standard. Is the binding the only real difference or is there something 'they' are not telling me. Comments please...

Re: Les Paul Studio

: : I'm thinking about getting a Les Paul Studio rather than a standard. Is the binding the only real difference or is there something 'they' are not telling me. Comments please...
I don't know if you're still thinking about getting a studio or not, but I have one and I love it. I couldn't care less about the binding, but the sound of a standard is another story. The studio delivers. My advice? If you dont have money to burn, get the studio!

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