Submitted December 19, 2014 by Paul Cutrona in Martinsburg, WV
"Les Paul Studio 2015"
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This is a Les Paul - feels like one, sounds like one, looks like one. I've read reviews elsewhere that bash this guitar, but in all my years of playing about every type and cost-level guitar out there, this one is just fine and especially at this price point. Fit and finish: average-good; it wasn't perfect, there are a couple places you see uneven joint finish issues, etc. but not where it counts - the neck is great, the body is mostly great. The sounds comes from Gibson 57 pickups - it's going to sound like a les paul with 57 pickups period. I'm not 100% enamored by the Gforce tuning system, and the jury is still out on the brass nut. I like brass nuts, but this one doesnt have notches and so occasionally I feel the string drag across it on bends, but it's a personal thing. the tuning system mostly works. 99 times out of 100. that 1 time though makes you retune a second time, which when playing live might not be a great thing. But you can override the tuning system and manually tune as well. The finish (I got desert burst) is absolutely excellent - a very sexy looking guitar - I got lots of compliments on this guitar, bit looks and sound-wise. The lack of binding doesn't bother me. Close your eyes and it feels like a les paul standard. The fretboard is good, the frets were finished well, and I just had to adjust for my own playing action. The push-pull pots worked fine, I don't see using that feature a whole lot unless I am playing clean (distorted sounds did not make a huge difference when splitting the coils, as much as when playing clean - but the clean splitting actually sounded really good). The case - something of a bonus - the case is great. at 1000 less that an actual les paul standard, you cannot beat this guitar. It's a Gibson, it's a Les Paul, and it's at a price point that screams "buy me" - I'm a happy camper. One last note - the "Les Paul 100" on the headstock - while some have complained that it makes it seem too close to the "100" on the Epiphone Les Paul 100 - the cheapie guitar, my question is this: Do you care? If you are more concerned with what others will think when they see this "Les Paul 100" 100th Birthday logo on the headstock, then your vanity is getting in the way of a good guitar that makes sense. Personally, I'd rather people think I am playing a cheaper guitar and getting an incredible sound out of it, than boasting that I have a real les paul, and that I want someone to consider stealing it after the show. Good luck with that vanity.
Guitar; 40 years; on and off semi-pro gigging; worship team.
Rock, Christian, Fusion
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