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  1. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Has anyone here had the opportunity to try the new Gibson Les Paul Traditional '50s and '60s models.

    I am thinking seriously about getting one but my local guitar stores (including GC) does not have any in stock. GC does have some of the Epiphone versions which I have tried and found I prefer the '50s neck. I would also prefer the PAF style Burstbuckers in the '50s model (I hate hot pickups of any kind). The color I prefer (Iced Tea) is only available on the '60s model. Basically, I'm looking for someone who can give an informed opinion on which direction to compromise in.

    Anyone.
    Anyone.
     
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    Shop the neck, yank the pickups, buy your favorite PAF clones, and rewire it like a ‘59.

    I’ve got a Tribute gold top awaiting that operation.

    Always shop necks. Everything else can be replaced without much pain.
     
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    DrPepper Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I bypassed them and went straight to the Heritages... got a case, not a gigbag... got real circuitry, not a circuit board (not that that's bad)...
     
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    I own the Gibson Standard 50s LP. I started out by trying the 60s version. I thought that might be the one, because I don’t have huge hands, and I was afraid the 50’s neck might be too fat. But, I also decided that before spending that kind of money, I should try a 50s model. I drove 2 hours to a GC that had one, and WOW! There was no question in my mind, after about 2 minutes. The neck is perfect! And the alnico 2 Burstbuckers are the best pickups I’ve EVER heard. This guitar has cured my GAS (at least since October :)) So, my .02

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    The new standards do not have any PCBs. They are hand wired with orange drop caps. The also come with a nice hard case.
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    The Inspired By Gibson series includes a 50’s Les Paul in the three colors that were offered in the 50’s.
    Gold Top, Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst.
    That includes 50’s wiring and 50’s Rounded Medium C neck profile which is said to be very fat..
    They all have mahogany body with flame maple cap, not veneer and mahogany neck, Keystone Tuners.
    This Epiphone is MSRP $599.00
    There is also a 60’s model offered, which I have no interested in.
    The Gibson version MSRP $2499.00
    I’m on a list waiting for the Epiphone Vintage Sun Burst 50’s.
    Edit:
    I forgot to mention, The Epiphone has Pro-Bucker Alnico Pickups, and a long tenon neck joint.
     
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    My 2019 Les Paul Junior has the 50’s profile neck and it is perfect.

    My 2017 J-45 has the slim taper.
    Sure wish it was like my LPJ.

    Based on that personal experience,
    If I were looking I’d start with the 50’s version and probably never look back.

    Pics if you get it.
     
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    I know about the Epiphone versions, and I have been able to try them out. Based on them is how I decided I preferred the '50s neck. Fine guitars. In this case, though, already owning 11 Epiphones, I'm looking to buy my first Gibson since 1973.
     
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    I have a new 50's Standard P90 version. Fantastic guitar. Hard to put down actually
     
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    Of course pics would be nice.
    The Inspired by Gibson series Epiphone has an LPJr and a LP Special with the 50’s neck profile, with 50’s wiring with CTS full size pots.
    The LPJr has an MSRP of $379.00 The Special is $399.00
    Both have P90 Pro soap bars, the Jr has one bridge position, the Special has two.
     
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    Nice!!!
     
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    Good to hear from someone who has actually tried one, I feel better since I ordered the one I described.
    I own three Epiphone’s and thought I was dedicated, but owning 11 they should make you a spokesman.
     
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    Sorry, no clue about the Latest of the new.
     
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    Did you have a chance to try the '60s version as well? If so, how would you compare the necks?
     
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    I’ll be honest, if I knew epi was going to come out with a Jr that nice I may have held off purchasing my Gibson.

    No regrets.
     
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    Yes, I was originally going to buy a 60s Standard. I got along ok with the 60s neck, I liked it better than the slim taper “D” shape necks on the Studios, and the Epiphone Standards with slim taper necks.
    But the 50s was just perfection (for me). It’s a bit more like a deeper “C”, which is an easy transition from Fender necks.
     
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    Thanks. That is much the same impression I had playing the new Epiphone versions.
     
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