Les Paul for a Tele player

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  1. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    I owned a 93 LP a few years back but found it over powering and muddy but loved the look and the mojo of it. Fast forward to last week and I happened to try a R8 reissue and a modern standard with PAF clones in (BK Mules) and was pleasantly surprised.

    Just sold a Strat and a 335 and looking for a nice tonal partner/contrast to my 67 CS Tele. Would love that classic thick sound but without the mud.

    Curious what other Tele hounds would recommend to fill that LP shaped hole in their life.


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  2. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

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    The Gibson equivalent of a Tele has always been a SG in my eyes ... A plank you can wail on.


    But actually .. some how I'm not al that picky with regards to LPs. Used to have a CS one .. But the 2008 standard I have now suits me just nice, despite it being one of the chambered ones and all that jazz. I apparently like standards?


    SG's and Tele's on the other hand :D (My tele is a '66 CS and I've been looking for a CS SG for quite a while, but they are rare in my neck of the woods)
     
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    Vibrolux59 Tele-Meister

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    I prefer low wind unpotted pickups w/'50s wiring and 500K pots in Les Pauls. If you play loud and through high gain gear you would want the potting.
     
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    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    Good point. I should say I play in a function band playing covers. Anything from soul to rock and roll to Rihanna. Mainly play clean but on the edge of breakup.


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  5. jvin248

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    Get a 4-way switch for your Tele and a Les Paul Humbucker is yours for $12.

    PRS SE Custom 22 or the SE McCarty model.

    Epiphone LP model.

    Remember that SGs and 24 fret guitars push the neck pickup back so it's almost like playing the middle pickup on a Strat instead of the neck pickup.

    If you are intent on a Gibson then make sure you are ok with the Headstock Drama around them. I gave up on them, either worrying about something happening to mine so it doesn't get played or the mess of buying hidden repaired models. Of course there are tough guys you never broke theirs or gig it anyway ... until they break it. Tears and drama like everyone else.

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  6. 63 vibroverb

    63 vibroverb Tele-Holic

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    The key is to have 500k audio taper pots and low-wound pickups (keep it below 9k).

    50’s wiring will also help, but that’s just the cherry on top.
     
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  7. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I second the SG as Gibson's tele. SG Special or LP Special - with p90s. Covers a lot of tele territory. Or a Jr.
     
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    BramptonRob1958 Tele-Meister

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    Last year Gibson introduced both a 50’s and 60’s Standard. 500k pots in both, no weight relief, no push pull tone/volume knobs or any other crazy modern features. The 50’s has the larger neck and the 60’s the slim taper. They reduced the price and are worth looking into. By now I’m sure you may be able to find a lightly used one for less.

    Plenty of YouTube vids with positive comments. Not just the pre-launch paid promos.

    Good luck in your search.
     
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  9. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    Could just need a pickup swap. Lambertone pickups has their crema pickups,low-resistance, bright and articulate. Great humbuckers for people that generally prefer single coils.
     
  10. cnlbb

    cnlbb Tele-Afflicted

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    Les Paul Special Single Cuts are the way to go. They're as minimalist a guitar as you're going to find with a Gibson that still has two pickups. Yet, they maintain the things (wrap bridge, 24.75" scale, etc...) that make an LP an LP.

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  11. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I have a LP with P90s and one with 57 Classics. No problems with mud on either one
     
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  12. Rich724

    Rich724 Tele-Meister

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    What about a Tele Deluxe? My 72 reissue fills the bill for a LP.
     
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  13. Steerforth

    Steerforth Tele-Afflicted

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    I’ve got a Gibson Les Paul gold top, and I like the way it sounds, but I’m not crazy about the balance. It’s butt heavy.

    Out of the bunch, the Les Paul, a Les Paul Junior, a “Super Strat”, and my Telecaster, the Telecaster is the one that gets played the most.

    I guess that might be because when I started playing back in 1968, the first guitar that I had that wasn’t genuinely hateful was a secondhand, pre-CBS Telecaster. Man, I wish I still had that one! I think that guitar sort of hardwired me into Telecaster mode for life.

    There’s other guitars that I like, but I always come back to a Telecaster. They just seem right to me.
     
  14. '64 Tele

    '64 Tele Tele-Holic

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    I've played teles and lps since the mid 70s.
    I played lps first, and they were specials and juniors.
    Flat bodies (no carve) and single coil p90s.
    Easy transition back and forth.
    I could never get past the bridge/tailpiece on a standard.
    Specials and juniors feel like a tele type bridge.
    SG is also a good option.
     
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    Junior and Special were the first thing I thought of. SG never worked for me, but the flat LP family works fine.
     
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  17. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic

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    I have 8 Teles - but this one THINKS its a Les Paul!!

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  18. AJBaker

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    A nice PAF style pickup shouldn't be muddy, and it has is own kind of snap and sparkle.
    Mine are around 8k, with a2 magnets and no wax potting.
    I have 50s wiring, but I'm still not sure how big the difference is.
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a Special DC loaded with P90's. Both the feel and the tone are a great ballance with a tele. You get a little more variation of tones with the P90's and the picking dynamics are essentially the same.
     
  20. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I love my Tele.
    Last summer I bought a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Junior.
    I realize it may be analog to an Esquire, but it covers a good bit of Tele territory while still doing its own thing.
    I can not recommend a Junior highly enough.

    A special with 2 P-90’s would be my second call.
     
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