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Rating and Reviews: Gibson 2017 LP Classic Plus

The Les Paul Classic Plus offers tasty vintage tone with modern upgrades to maximize playability. The zebra '57 Classic/+ pickups offer mellow PAF tone.

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"Gibson Heritage Cherry Classic Les Paul." submitted November 29, 2017

By Mario St DeHaven in Laguna Beach, CA
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Musical Background: 72 years old now but played the chittlin' circuit down south as well as Sunset Blvd's clubs in West Hollywood, and L.A.
Music Style: Blues, Doo Wop, R&B, classic rock, psychedelic rock, and jazz, preference is blues rock. Got stoned with Hendrix more than once
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Sound: It's a bit woody sounding for a LP and with less sustain than earlier models that weren't as weight relieved. Also it lacks somewhat (compared to earlier models) in overall playability because the action is set too high, and even lowering the bridge doesn't seem to alleviate this problem. Another fact is the necks aren't uniformly straight as would be expected in an instrument costing nearly $2000. Feature: Classic "57's don'y marry well with this much weight relief and the neck angle needs modifying somewhat to enable easier and smoother playability. Ease of Use: The Classic "57's sound muddy in this model, I think mainly due to too much weight relief. Not much of a learning curve though since it's still a Les Paul. It's fairly easy to utilize with the mainstream components (boxes, amps etc) but even with the locking Grovers it still fights to maintain tuning. Quality: It's built like a tank. Value: Yes, even the worst gibsons in the world are still light years better in quality than the very best of the others, and they know it. This is why they don't return calls or emails. Manufacturer Support: I've been dealing with Gibson for over 50 years and they've never been the most customer friendly company in the world. The few problems I've ever had with the product I've always had to figure out and fix them myself or take to a luthier. Gibson has never even returned a call. The Wow Factor: It's a Les Paul, the God of guitars that no others ever can sound, play, or feel as good when playing, or sound as good when listening. New ones even have their own scent and aroma. Of course I want it whether playing music or not because my life revolves around these guitars. To me and the musicians I know and love, the Les Paul is holy. Overall: It's beautiful and seems a good axe and reasonably priced for a Gibson. However, as much as I like it, in terms of real quality and playability it nowhere matches my 11&1/2 lb. 1998 Gibson Heritage Cherry Burst Classic Les Paul. Neither does it match it in sustainability or tonality. Also, just yesterday it was $1499, I wake up this morning and it's $1599 WT????. Anyway, it's a nice guitar for the money and I have no regrets purchasing it. What can I say? I love Les Paul guitars almost as much as I love my wife.
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