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What can you tell me about a les Paul faded standard?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:17 am    Post subject: What can you tell me about a les Paul faded standard? Reply with quote

Local l&m has a good top lp faded standard gold top for $899 (incl gibson hsc). It is $50 below retail, and I have wanted a black top for a while, this might be the best starting platform, even used Edwards don't go that cheap shipped to Canada.



Anyone else played one of these? Sounded good to my ears but was wondering if there were any qc issues for a 1-2 year old gibson to watch out for
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: What can you tell me about a les Paul faded standard? Reply with quote

finboy wrote:
Local l&m has a good top lp faded standard gold top for $899 (incl gibson hsc). It is $50 below retail, and I have wanted a black top for a while, this might be the best starting platform, even used Edwards don't go that cheap shipped to Canada.



Anyone else played one of these? Sounded good to my ears but was wondering if there were any qc issues for a 1-2 year old gibson to watch out for


Wait...weren't those a L&M exclusive that sold for about $1599 in 2011?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original price was 1599

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Played it for another hour through an ac30 and a rock verb 50, it plays really nice. I picked it up, worst case I can sell it for more than I paid, but that isn't the plan so far. I'm not huge on the pickups, they are burst bucker pro's from what I can find, they just sound really boring through all the amps I tried. Not bad, but really lacking any unique sound about them (compared to a p90 or the bareknuckle/shaw combo in my other les Paul's)

Either way, it is at my gf's brothers place as I don't have room at the moment, but will update as things draw to their eventual conclusion.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was seriously considering one of these in about 2004/2005 before I got a found a good deal on a Standard. However, I only ever saw them in faded cherry sunburst which looked a bit crap (think formica elementary school desktop, but clownburst'd), and that + the zebras just made it look really silly to me for some reason. It played nicely and sounded the part, and if I'd seen any goldtop ones I'd have snatched one right up.
The guy at the shop told me they'd stopped taking orders on those because nobody was biting, and that a Gibson rep told him they were going to stop making them for similar reasons; I don't know if that was true or not but they did disappear from the shops within the next couple years. I bet if people had known about all the chambering and 2-piece boards on the way these would have sold a lot more, they were the cheapest LP with the full Standard cosmetics (all the binding etc) available at the time and are closer to classic specs than any post-2008 Standard.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They sound like great guitars that could be improved with slight hardware upgrades. That gold top is fetching.
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