NGD Dilemma: Need Your Thoughts & Input

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  1. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Well-Known Member

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    I'm really dragging my feet on what to do here, so I figured I'd ask you MFers for some insight and opinions.

    I've decided that I deserve a 2020 Gibson Les Paul Standard (from what I understand, seems they've gotten their QC issues under control). My dilemma is as follows: I want a 50s Standard, but I CANNOT get the Slash Amber "Appetite" burst out of my head and that finish is not available on the 50s Standard. I like it so much that I'm willing to pay the premium to get it, but I don't really want the "Slash" guitar. Admittedly, I intend to replace the PUPs with APH2's (I know, lol), but I don't want the Slash skully on the back of the head stock (guess I could live with it), the slimmer neck (sure I could live with it), and I'm not sure what to make of the ABR vs Nashville bridge (seems like a matter of preference only?).

    I know I should find something used, but I like the idea of having an unmolested brand new LPS. Will 2021 bring more finish options to the 50's Standard? Maybe, but I don't feel like waiting to see! Oh, what should I do...

    Any thoughts or opinions?

    ...This post feels ridiculous but I'll post it anyways...
     
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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    Why don't you give Gibson a call or email and see if they can accomodate your wishes? Sort of a custom shop thing.

    The worst they can do is say no.
     
  3. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What other finishes are available? Is one of those to your liking? I cant deal with anything Slash labelled either. Neck, playability, those are big factors you have to live with.
     
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    Cthulhu Well-Known Member

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    Guess it’s worth a shot. Def not trying to get into CS $ territory though...
     
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    Cthulhu Well-Known Member

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    Gold top, tobacco, cherry, and iced tea. I could pick one, but I’d be “settling” for it. Don’t want to drop that kind of $ to settle for something...
     
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    DirtySteve Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    When you say, "I guess I could live with it" I hear, "I'll probably regret it down the road".
     
  7. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    But you would settle for a neck you dont want?
    Gonna be a compromise somewhere.
     
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  8. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Well-Known Member

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    Hence, my dilemma... silly, I know.
     
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    Geeze Well-Known Member

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    Or find a 50's neck standard and see how much it would be for Gibson to refinish. The 89-97 [maybe more] was another period where the QC was improved. I had a 96 that was so perfect I was afraid to play it. Traded it off and found an 82 beater - much more my speed.

    Russ
     
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    rick16v Well-Known Member

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    They are such pretty guitars. I had one (I like slash but I'm not a fanboy) and it was great. I sold it because all I did was polish it. I was too scared of dings.

    The top was gorgeous. I think the neck profile is the only real problem. If you're spending that much on a guitar, don't get one you already know is a compromise.
     

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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep
    Me, I found used Custom Shop to be well worth whatever I spent. I shopped around ,got good deals . Haven't bought one in about 11 years ,so I haven't a clue what they go for now ......surely stupid money
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I prefer the slim necks but yeah finish is very important too. I guess necks you can get used to, realistically. Finish? Color? Grain? Gotta love it!
    If you are sure you could live with the slim neck get the fancy one!
     
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    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    Wildwood has some 50’s neck Les Pauls in a finish you probably like and they haven’t been mauled by the slasher.
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    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    This is what I would say too. If I buy another LP it will be one of these or used, no more custom shop stuff for me.
     
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    Was the neck very noticeably slimmer than a 50s neck?
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    I like the looks of the Slash November-burst LP (I think that's what they call it).
     
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    Cthulhu Well-Known Member

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    I was actually really considering this (only problem is I prefer no pickguard). I do like the unburst. After switching out pups (those have wildwood custom pups), I’d be at the Slash cost anyways. Have you ever done business with Wildwood? Do they stand by their guitars?
     
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    No, I haven’t dealt with WW but they are legit. I personally wouldn’t let a few hundred stop me either way when buying a new standard, it would be more about getting what I want. Good luck and enjoy the hunt.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    WW is fantastic. I've purchased from them a couple of times (one I still have), and their customer service is outstanding. Oh, and they'll probably send you a nice complimentary t-shirt as well (I have a few, and still wear them!).
     
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