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Best Les Paul alternative?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Flat6Driver, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. NiceTele

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    Had Les Pauls of various models since '69- all gigged with and never once had a dud one. I always made sure the guitars were setup correctly especially the nut and bridge and had no real tuning issues. Last one I owned was an '09 Cutom Shop '56, and it was a beauty- gigged it straight out of the box, but sadly due to financial woes, had to sell it after a couple of years. My '84 ES335 does everything any Les Paul could do for me, so that and a Tele cover all bases.
     
  2. cntry666

    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    Kinda is like a LP

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    Yes, but in looks only.

    I am very familiar with Gretsch guitars and own a few, along with a Les Paul and the sound is entirely different.
     
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  4. TimothyC

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    My favorite Les Paul types. My 2014 Crews Maniac KTR LS 01 with Gibson 58 Les Paul specs and a thin nitro finish
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    And my 2006 Schecter tempest 30th anniversary. Satin finish, Seymour Duncan's, locking tuners yada yada yada

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  5. Peckhammer

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    Sure you did. I'll use your photo method:

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    If strings were spaced evenly, the bass strings would be crowded together because of their thickness. Hence, you use a string spacing ruler, or math, to calculate string placement at the nut. The tool makes the spacing between each slot 0.001" larger than the previous spacing, such that you have 0.004" increase between each string-center when skipping 1 slot. Evenly spaced strings are not the same thing as equal spacing between strings. Evenly spaced strings would result in unequal spacing between strings. It's a very simple concept. On top of that, string spacing can vary at the bridge for many reasons.
     
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    I had a WI64, and it was an interesting guitar; the VCC tone controls could take it from SG to surprisingly Tele-like in just the twirl of a knob (or two).
     
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  7. Flat6Driver

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    Here's how it ended up. 2013 LP Studio from GC. In black.

    I took a lousy photo. :( IMG_20171203_154209242.jpg
     
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    Nice call I have had several of those w/ broken headstocks that I repaired & flipped (yes I explained the repair) They are a representative of the traditional LP but also have their own thing going on, sort of a cross between a Special & a well worn Standard..
     
  9. dezb1

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    May have said this before... Yamaha sg, there was a reason they called them Gibson killers.
     
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    ...yeah... 2500 or higher are good LPs
     
  11. Jakeboy

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    This. This. This.

    I am a Hamer guy and those and my Shishkov scratch the bucker itch.

    But if you want an LP, get an LP. Be patient and you’ll find one that’s good in your price range.

    If you refuse to wait, buy a used Hamer USA Studio or Special. Both will get you almost there, but they ain’t LPs.
     
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    Did anyone say The Heritage H150? It is more Les Paul than a Gibson...
     
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    Nice! I have said this many times....every time someone posts that they are looking for a Les Paul type of guitar, I always say....get a Les Paul. Nothing else compares IMHO. There is No substitute for the real McCoy. Enjoy! I will never get rid of my 2016 Studio Faded worn brown Lester. Such a quality instrument at a fantastic price.
     
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    It's a very cool guitar but as others have said, it will not sound like a Les Paul. The major difference is that pickups; Filtertrons vs. PAF humbuckers. And they are not the same size so swapping will require an adapter of some sort. That said, the Gretsch pickups are fantastic in their own way.
     
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    I was looking for a 2 p 90 guitar and stumbled onto a Godin LG 90.
    Mahogany body and neck. Bolt on with Fender scale. SD P 90s. It's been a great player for short money and scratched the LP itch for me. Only issue is it's heavy. Not LP heavy, but heavy.
     
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    Got it out an cranked up a bit....it's very cool! (the other guy playing with me at this jam also had a black Les Paul studio...but his wasn't as shiney!)

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    1972, IBANEZ,black les paul ,a fantastic guitar, the one that got a lawsuit...
     
  20. tfarny

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    Good choice! I personally don't need to own another Les Paul (I know what they do and my PRS gets me close enough) but I think if you wanted an LP you wouldn't have been satisfied until you owned one. Whether that is, ultimately the dual HB rock guitar that you stick with is another question entirely.
     
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