Which Les Paul should I buy?

Which Les Paul?

  • Tribute $1,000.00

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Standard $2,300.00

    Votes: 26 76.5%
  • Luthier Built $3,000.00

    Votes: 1 2.9%

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Markedman

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I'm buying a Les Paul, again. There's something interesting about LP's that has me buying one and then a year or so later I tend to sell them from lack of playing, and of course, I'm GAS for another item.

Well, I have 3 options available to me locally, all about $1,00.00 apart. I'm leaning towards buying the expensive one and it isn't even a "real" Gibson! Anyway, I did own a tribute and liked it, so, ... any insight that you may have is appreciated, thanks, Markedman.

 

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I'm buying a Les Paul, again. There's something interesting about LP's that has me buying one and then a year or so later I tend to sell them from lack of playing, and of course, I'm GAS for another item.

Well, I have 3 options available to me locally, all about $1,00.00 apart. I'm leaning towards buying the expensive one and it isn't even a "real" Gibson! Anyway, I did own a tribute and liked it, so, ... any insight that you may have is appreciated, thanks, Markedman.

I got a thing for goldtops, get that one. Dont limit yourself to those 3, take a ride to a Guitar Center or any music store to try some out! Happy hunting! :yesway:
 

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Knowing what I know, I would wait for a deal to pop up on a Custom Shop .........OR be lookin for regular production guitars made from around 1988 to about '03 . USA production guitars were really hittin in the early Henry era , IMO
 

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I'm buying a Les Paul, again. There's something interesting about LP's that has me buying one and then a year or so later I tend to sell them from lack of playing, and of course, I'm GAS for another item.

Well, I have 3 options available to me locally, all about $1,00.00 apart. I'm leaning towards buying the expensive one and it isn't even a "real" Gibson! Anyway, I did own a tribute and liked it, so, ... any insight that you may have is appreciated, thanks, Markedman.

If you were buying new guitars I would be able to offer some perspective, but with used guitars... I just don't buy used gear at those price points because I don't want to inherit someone else's problems, screw-ups, mods and dissatisfactions. One thing I can tell you though, is don't buy a Les Paul for its flamed top. Buy it for its playability first, tone second, and top last.
 

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I got a thing for goldtops, get that one. Dont limit yourself to those 3, take a ride to a Guitar Center or any music store to try some out! Happy hunting! :yesway:
Yeah just drive somewhere where you can try out some Les Pauls, even if you have to make a weekend trip out of it. You need a LP that's right for you at that price level, not some gamble at an online model.
 

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I agree with TEH and Alvis.

This means I would wait for a good deal on a custom shop model that I could play first (Basically what I did with my R0) make sure it comes with all the case candy etc. I do have a local luthier built Gibson copy (an SG) made form at least 200year old mahogany with 'brazilian' rosewood neck etc. I paid £1500 inc hard case but doubt that I would get that back on open market because it is a (fantastic sounding and playing) clone.

Of course that standard looks very pretty and has all the goodies so in the context of your survey I voted for that.
 
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I happen to have both a 60s Tribute and a 2020 Standard that I bought used last year. Other than a slightly better feel and of course the bling, my tribute hold it's own against the Standard. I would probably go for the gold top if it was me.
:yesway: I have a 50's Tribute, and it's a smokin' Les Paul. Some chambered Les Pauls can really sing and spit overtones all over your walls, and you'll be gettin' a 5gal pail and some sponges to clean that off and stuff. I paid chump for it (used) and it's a testament to the fact that tone is not in the money.
 

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Those 2010's Les Paul Standards have compound radius fretboards and asymmetrical '60s slim taper neck profiles. I love the neck on my 2013!
 

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I did some research on Tom Paul Les Pauls and it seems that he sold the husks for around $1000 without electronics.
I had a tribute before and it’s probably the only guitar I regret selling. I sold it to buy a traditional which was in my opinion, inferior.
I sent Tom an email to see if he still sells these guitars. There was one that sold on Reverb for $1500 which sounds about right.
 


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