NGD... 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by TeleTex82, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    So I got this beauty today after a series of misadventures with FedEx which culminated in me chasing down the FedEx Truck driver from across town.

    2019 LP Classic, the knobs have been replaced with top hats, the plastics and pick guard have been replaced with with more vintage correct colored ones. The Burstbucker 61s have been covered and the push/pull PCB module has been swapped with an Emerson 50s wiring harness.

    I love the sound of this thing. With the covered pups and the 50s wiring the 61s sound more PAF like than the stock Classic. The bridge has that nice ballsy honk and the neck is nice, warm and creamy without being flubby. She is a little heavy at 10lbs which is kind of crazy considering it's Swiss cheesed but im ok with it.

    The slim taper neck might take some getting used. My two main guitars are a 52 AV and a 63 Wildwood 10 inspired MJT strat, both are bigger necks. I like how effortless runs up and down the neck are but my bending technique relies on having a good amount of neck to dig into so I'm having to adjust that a bit, but not a ridiculous amount because the slim taper does at least have a decent amount of shoulder. Will have my first practice with her on Friday so we'll see how it goes. Any of you fellow Lester owners have the slim taper? Any tips on adjusting to it?

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    Beautiful guitars! I'm right behind you bud! IMG_20190911_101335072.jpg
     
  3. TeleTex82

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    Thank you and Hell yeah!
     
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    Looks like you’ve got the tones covered!
     
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    It's a looker!
     
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    Thanks yall!
     
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    Gorgeous.

    Those Classics are good upgraders because the essentials are excellent but can still be improved.

    On necks. I have a bunch of Gibsons ranging from a Custom Shop R4, vintage Custom, SG Classic.... they all have different neck profiles but I find them all really playable. The SG Classic is "Slim Taper" I believe but it's a pretty substantial C shape about a .85 to 9.5. I think I'm just pretty adaptable.
    No issues at all.
    And no quality issues.
    And lovely nitro finishes... plus they all sound fab.
     
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    I'm on the fence between a traditional and a classic, and this isn't helping!
     
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    Nice guitar!
    Now you've got the holy triumvirate, no more excuses, ha, ha. ;)
     
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    She's a beauty! You have the perfect collection right there. Well, almost... need something with a P90 :)
     
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    A P90 guitar is a must
     
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    That's a real beaut.
     
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    Excellent! Now, as a final touch, replace the truss rod cover with a blank one. ;-)
     
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    Congrats!

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    Thanks y'all!

    I gotta say I'm not hating the neck at all. It is very easy to play. I was thinking of getting some Throbaks to put into this guitar while it was en route but I am pretty happy with the BB61s. They are definitely a little hotter than standard PAFs but they are very articulate and have a very nice growl. The quality control surprising. I've seen tons of Gibsons of all price ranges with all kinds of issues but this guitar is more or less flawless. I can't even see any tool marks on the binding next to the fretboard. The frets are all perfectly crowned and leveled. The A saddle was rattling when I first got it but I just detuned the string and gave it a little wiggle and it settled right down. So far so good!
     
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    Looks good! Enjoy
     
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    Congratulations! I love those necks. I have small hands and those necks are a “deal sealer” for me when it comes to Gibsons. I have traded away very nice guitars with chunky necks (LP STD and Custom) and I sometimes regret it but those fat necks really wore me out.
     
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    HNGD, looks fantastic

    I just got me a Gibson Traditional 2019, great guitars
     
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    See I'm the opposite, I don't have huge hands but ive always been way more comfortable on 50s necks. This slim taper has been an adjustment as it turns out. The guitar sounds amazing but I am.getting some hand and wrist pain. Hoping that's something that goes away...
     
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    Congrats, I recently sold my Les Paul Classic Goldtop (pictured) and bought a R7 Goldtop. The slim neck on the Classic was kind of nice change VS the big neck on the Les Paul Traditional that I owned ay the same time.

    Enjoy that beautiful guitar.

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