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Old 06-17-2022, 11:45 AM
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I was utterly devastated. The guy I sold it to (un-repaired) has been gigging it for ages now though after he put it back together.
Must have been a total shock to see that. But once they can get to a good repair tech, it's back in service.
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This may sound really weird to some, but I'll bet some will understand?

When I first became infatuated with guitars, THE guitar I dreamed of owning was a Les Paul. I can't explain it without sounding like a silly boy infatuated with a beautiful girl, but I was stricken by its beauty. It was so far out of my reach financially during my early younger years of playing that all I could do was dream about it! I'll admit that even today, when I see a Les Paul, for a brief moment I get that feeling again. It's really strange!!! Ha ha.

All that said, I've owned a few LPs over the years, but as a player I always gravitated to the Strat (as my forum name suggests) because of comfort and variety of tones.
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Old 06-18-2022, 04:23 AM
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The positive thing is that the headstock was repaired and that Les Paul was brought back to life. If you had known back then, would you have spent the cash to repair the headstock? It may be an expensive fix but in the right hands it can make the guitar completely stable.
Well, the thing is that I lived then on a small Island with no luthiers and my wife was about to have our second child so I was winding down the gigging (I used to play out almost every night during the tourist season). I was kind of gutted by it happening as I thought it was a guitar for life, and I didn't really look into repairs because I had so much going on at the time.

I actually made a thread about it on the old Harmony Central forum, and people were pointing out how common it was, so I had a bit of anti-Gibson sentiment going on, too after a while. That's gone now as I own a J-185 and we got my son an SG last year!
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Old 06-18-2022, 04:34 AM
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This may sound really weird to some, but I'll bet some will understand?

When I first became infatuated with guitars, THE guitar I dreamed of owning was a Les Paul. I can't explain it without sounding like a silly boy infatuated with a beautiful girl, but I was stricken by its beauty. It was so far out of my reach financially during my early younger years of playing that all I could do was dream about it! I'll admit that even today, when I see a Les Paul, for a brief moment I get that feeling again. It's really strange!!! Ha ha.

All that said, I've owned a few LPs over the years, but as a player I always gravitated to the Strat (as my forum name suggests) because of comfort and variety of tones.
Totally get it. When I was a kid and pictured myself up on a stage, it was always with a Les Paul!

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Must have been a total shock to see that. But once they can get to a good repair tech, it's back in service.
For sure. It's funny because years later I saw one in a shop in Denmark St. that had a similar top and burst to mine, and when I looked at it closely, the headstock had clearly been reattached. I checked with the guy who bought mine and he still had it, so it wasn't the same guitar but it looked spookily similar and had obviously suffered the same failure.
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Old 06-25-2022, 06:57 PM
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I actually have 3 Gibson Les Pauls. The first is a 1972 Custom that my father purchased for me in 1974. That goes to my oldest son when I kick the bucket. The next is a Studio with a custom paint job that I got for cheap. The third one is a Faded in wine red.

I played that Custom as my only electric guitar for many years and the weight never bothered me. I doubt the same could be said now but I will never sell it. I play sitting down now so the weight doesn’t bother me. It has the “fretless wonder” mini frets that are worn even flatter now.

The other two are optional keepers in my mind. My wife loves the custom painted one and doesn’t want me to sell it. The Faded may end up as a gift to a friend but I haven’t made up my mind on that yet.

I still love the humbucker sound, but I also have Fender and Gretsch guitars if I want something different.
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May have been said already, I’m late to this thread, but I need ergonomic features like arm and belly contours. Guitars with flat backs are very uncomfortable, especially if they are a tad heavy. So I do not own one.
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:07 AM
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Not all Les Paul's are extremely heavy.

I have played live most of my life.

Playing something with single coil pickups (which I did for a number of years).

At some point during the evening, would leave me wanting something more.

A Les Paul can keep me content, start to finish. Though not crazy about the new coil splitting models.
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:48 PM
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My gal has a few, each one sounds a bit different.


Plus, Les was pretty cool to meet as well :-)

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Wow! I've never seen so many beautiful lefties in one spot before. Some amazing guitars and a great pic with Les!
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My gal has a few, each one sounds a bit different.


Plus, Les was pretty cool to meet as well :-)

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Why do I own a Les Paul? Because Black Betty had a child.




Here's mine next to my 335:

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They can sound great, but I've never got that body shape and proportions to sit in a comfortable way for me. I find that a 335 style guitar just suits me better if I want to do the Gibson-y humbucker thing.
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They can sound great, but I've never got that body shape and proportions to sit in a comfortable way for me. I find that a 335 style guitar just suits me better if I want to do the Gibson-y humbucker thing.
Interesting. I spent a few decades with the LP as my main squeeze so now just fits into my body like it is a missing part. It fits even more since I lost a bunch of weight.

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Interesting. I spent a few decades with the LP as my main squeeze so now just fits into my body like it is a missing part. It fits even more since I lost a bunch of weight.

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Same here, on a couple occasions I've made up my mind to go to Telecasters, as they are my second favorite guitar. I've had a few amps that I thought sounded better with the Tele, if I play them enough I can even sort of convince myself that they are my new fav... then I pick up an LP and get that same feeling I got when I bought my first one. For better or worse LP's just feel like home to me.

Now Strats, thats a guitar I cant seem to trick myself into liking regardless of how much I try. Maybe if I had one without a tremolo system, loaded with a couple p90's and individual volume knobs moved out of the way... oh wait, thats an SG.

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Old 07-03-2022, 05:51 AM
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Interesting. I spent a few decades with the LP as my main squeeze so now just fits into my body like it is a missing part. It fits even more since I lost a bunch of weight.

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same here, I've got two they are home for me.

I have a few larger bodies too (Sheraton, Es-135, Gretsch 5422) I'm ok there but the LPs are just right.
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