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The 2017 Les Paul Standard "Painted-Over" Series

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by CFFF, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    Don't worry guys they still make cherry SGs, burst LPs, and 335s for a reason.

    Most companies (not just guitar manufacturers, I didn't use that word by accident) make some BS to try and sell to schmucks, give me two minutes to find fender's latest atrocity. Oh wait, its the floyd rose equipped tele.

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  2. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    I know Fender used to paint over other finishes but I don't think Gibson ever did that.

    Not my cup of tea.

  3. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    I think it's kind of dumb but I have a friend who thinks they're cool so horses for courses.

    Late last year I bought a CR4 in black, which I never thought I would do as I tend to go for traditional colors but I saw it and played it and liked it.

    Gibson Custom & Historic makes some flat out killer guitars.

  4. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 10, 2013
    They found a way to upcharge when they screw up a sunburst. Make it a "Painted over".

  5. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    This is a total and unquestionalbe 'MEH' from my chair.

  6. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    I balk at 3K for a Les Paul Custom.

    6K for a 'Standard' with a roughed-up paint job is ludicrous.

  7. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    I don't think that's the reasoning. It's the same thing as the Fender Custom Shop selling custom colors with sunburst under the wear.

    I bought a black CR-4 with a red neck and sides (one of a kind from Gibson CS). I just thought it looked cool. Sometimes people want different variations.

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  8. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    Hey now!! Stop using that logic stuff around here!
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  9. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    Gibson painted over natural (burst) finishes but rarely. Most during the Norlin era. If you strip an early to mid 70s gold top you will find 3,4, and sometimes 5 piece tops with some pieces with flame maple.

    I have seen a Gibson Super V painted all black. When you turn the guitar so the light reflects off of it at angle you can see the ripples of the flame maple wood transmit its shape to the surface because the paint is shrinking. You can also see a knot on the back by the lower binding also transmit through the paint which is why they probably painted the guitar. Crazy but a dark burst would would have covered it, but again, if they have an order for a black Super V well orders need to be filled.

  10. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    Gibson did paint over at least one Burst. There is a pretty well known factory 1960 Les Paul Standard that was factory painted black over the sunburst finish.

    This LP was ordered by a guy who wanted a Custom but couldn't afford it. IIRC it cost about $350 to custom order this one.

    IIRC Joe "Bonna" Massa tried to buy it.

    My guess is Gibson is offering something that existed for people who like that sort of thing.

    FMIC has offered snakehead Teles and the like for stupid money in the past. This is no different.
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  11. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
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  12. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Now that the "Ringling and Barnum & Bailey Circus" has closed, Gibson has hired the laid-off "hawkers" into the Gibson Marketing department. You know, the famous "...there's one born every minute..." people.
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  13. PBO Blues

    PBO Blues Tele-Meister

    Jan 15, 2016
    Chatham County, NC
    The funny thing is reading the comments on Gibson's website.

  14. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    Lots of sour grapes there. If I dislike a company I don't bother to visit their website.

    I'm not into the new BC Rich or Schecter guitars. I don't think I've ever visited either site.

    Gibson makes some nice MIA guitars at all price levels and some amazing guitars that cost a lot (C&S).

    For all the bellyaching they're the only large company that has kept their brand name exclusively on MIA instruments and also offers a large range of instruments at every price range. You can buy an American made Gibson from about $500 up.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017
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  15. slafore

    slafore NEW MEMBER!

    Jun 11, 2017
    This almost looks like Gibson repainted a Charles Daughtry Goldfinger, the horn looks to have been stripped of the goldpaint underneath the black paint, and the case is the aged lifton case that came with Goldfinger??? Could it be? Could it be unsold leftover Collectors Choice ie: Goldfinger, Gabby etc., models that Dave's Guitar did not save to sell?
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  16. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    I thought that "people" were no longer running Gibson. I thought all the decisions are being made by a "person", Henry J?

  17. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 11, 2016
    I'm pretty sure there will be limited interest. No wonder they're limiting production.

  18. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    you knew it was coming didnt you?
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  19. Tacotuesday

    Tacotuesday Tele-Meister

    Nov 5, 2016
    Pacific NW, US
    (New/relic/vintage/marketing debate and $6k aside...) from a purely aesthetic standpoint I kinda like it.


  20. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    As marketing ideas go IMHO this one is laughable. :rolleyes:

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