I got myself a new Les Paul

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by theprofessor, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. theprofessor

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    I didn't have a humbucker-equipped guitar. So that was clearly a problem. And I've always liked Les Paul gold tops but didn't have one. So that was clearly a problem. I decided to solve these pressing problems by buying a new (used) 2015 Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro. This is the first iteration of the Epiphone Les Paul traditional Pro, with the '58-ish neck profile.

    I got it used for a few reasons: First, I could get it with a darker rosewood board, which I much prefer to the lighter board often featured on more recent models. Secondly, this one came with a hard case. Third, I knew this was the neck profile I wanted, and I wasn't sure if some of the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pros that are readily available new would have this same '58-ish profile. This is the third guitar I've bought off of Guitar Center's used site, and I've always had good luck.

    I was able to play one of the newer ones in my local GC as I was still waiting for this one to be shipped there, and I was very impressed with the tonality. In fact, I think that the Epiphone Alnico Pro humbucker and the Epiphone Probucker that come standard in these Les Paul Traditional Pros are great sounding pickups. They're pretty darn clear, with a round sound and a sweet top end. I don't love the aesthetics of the uncovered zebra humbuckers, but they do sound good.

    I knew when I ordered this guitar that I'd likely re-do all the electronics, though. And I did. I pulled out the jack, switch, and pots, and I put in a Switchcraft jack and switch, along with four 500k CTS pots. I wired it up 50's-style. Some new gold top hat knobs to fit the fine spline on the pot shafts and a new cream switch tip, along with a T-handle reamer to enlarge the holes for the potentiometers. And then I got a used set of Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. It sounds tremendously good and plays at least as well as the new-production, high-end Gibsons I've played in store. I'm really pleased with how this turned out. The nut and frets and even the cheap ABR-1 and tailpiece are all set up so well that I don't need to do anything else to it.

    It sounds especially good through my '76 Deluxe Reverb and the 5f4 Tweed Super clone I built. And I finally like humbuckers -- since I now know that they don't all have to sound like mud.
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  2. Otis Fine

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    HNGD! Beautiful gold top Lester!
     
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    WOW, very nice!
    Great looking back and neck too!
     
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    Very nice! Congratulations!
     
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    Lovely can’t go wrong with a goldtop
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Love me them goldtops! Congrats!
     
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    Classic!
     
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    Bristlehound Friend of Leo's

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    A beauty!
     
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    Verrr nahsss.
     
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    Very nice! Congrats.
     
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    Congrats & enjoy! That neck is one of the greats, for sure. And those are great pickup choices.
     
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    Beautiful guitar - congratulations on the purchase!
    I'm torn for my next guitar - getting one of these (with P90's) or 72 Thinline Tele.
     
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    Hhhmmmm… Seth Lovers, they're unpotted aren't they? Have you made 'em squeal yet? And hey Professor, what kind of speaker are you running in that DR? Sweet LP by the way.
     
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    Congrats! There must be something in the air. I’ve been planning a Les Paul purchase as well. Rock that bad boy!
    HNGD!
     
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    Congrats dude, thats a very nice gold top. HNGD.
     
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    Congrats!

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    Beautiful Les, prof! Congrats man.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Add a set of pointers for the volume & tone.
     
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