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ES-Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PastorJay, May 1, 2018.

  1. adamkoop

    adamkoop Tele-Meister

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    Feb 18, 2016
    Halifax
    54 goldtops are the one Les Paul I have a serious desire for. Nobody does them though .. epiphone has the 56 with the TOM bridge, and Gibson has done a couple with TOMs or Bigsbys .. I like the simplicity of the wraparound though. intonation be damned.
     
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  2. DHart

    DHart Tele-Holic

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    I have a wrap around tailpiece/bridge combo on a PRS and don’t have any problems with intonation, so I wouldn’t sweat that. Certainly, you can’t micro manage intonation string by string, but you may not need to either once you get the bridge well positioned.
     
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  3. zumzool

    zumzool TDPRI Member

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    May 3, 2004

    They are really nice. I got the ES-LP Standard which was a limited edition run of 200 without the f-holes. They're light and have their own unique sound. Compared to a regular Les Paul, I find that you get more clarity with a little less bottom end. They sound more ES to me than the ES-339 does. The ES-339 sounds more LP to me.

    It does have a slightly different feel on the neck. The top isn't as curved so it's flatter and boxier. The neck joint is a little more cumbersome and I find the edges dig into my stomach a little more.

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  4. DHart

    DHart Tele-Holic

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Sweet! What are the pups? Gibson Classic ‘57s? (I love Gibson’s ‘57s.)
     

  5. zumzool

    zumzool TDPRI Member

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    May 3, 2004
    Gibson MHS Humbuckers. They're a little more open sounding, but I prefer 57 classics as well.
     

  6. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I don't like the f-holes on those so the ones without would appeal to me, but right now I'd be more interested in a 339 (even though it has f-holes).
     

  7. DHart

    DHart Tele-Holic

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    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    The 339 - wonderful model - it’s the “compact” version of a 335.
     

  8. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Meister

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    Oct 16, 2015
    New Jersey
    My f-hole-free ES Les is my favorite Les Paul ever. MHS pickups likely have a lot to do with the crazy clarity.

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  9. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2011
    SpanaGrahm, WA
    So...

    L-ES Paul ???
     

  10. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    LESs Paul :lol:
     
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  11. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2011
    SpanaGrahm, WA
    That would make the 11 pound, non-weight-relieved models More Pauls?
    ES models could be More-or-Les(s) Pauls...
    :D
     

  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I'm interested in a Les Paul/More Tele hybrid.
     
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  13. oyobass

    oyobass Tele-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2011
    SpanaGrahm, WA
    Like this? lesPlaulTele.jpg
     
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  14. Andy B

    Andy B Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Mar 16, 2003
    Colorado
    My buddy has an ES Les Paul. It's an interesting guitar. I enjoy playing it. It is a different experience from my LP Classic for sure. I'd get one in a heartbeat if I found one. I'm sure my wife would adopt it as soon as she played it. The Classic is too heavy for her to be comfortable with.
     

  15. DHart

    DHart Tele-Holic

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Heavy weight turns a lot of people off to Les Pauls. I don’t enjoy playing them because of the weight and being as small as they are, they aren’t as ergonomic for playing while sitting down. I am tempted to trade my Les Paul Standard for an ES Les Paul, however, because I much prefer the light weight of the ES - and it would balance better on the leg. That said, my ES-339 models seem about ideal in size (just slightly larger than a Les Paul) and light weight and they sound very much like an ES Les Paul. They don't sound exactly like a regular Les Paul, but quite similar.
     
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