£1299 will buy you an exceptionally clean, 2004, Gibson Les Paul Classic, with a gloss nitro vintage sunburst finish – Even taking into account this is now a 13 year old guitar, it is in very good condition, so well cared for and I guess not played to often – Almost minimal signs of use, so close scrutiny required to find even the slightest hint of a graze to the gloss finish – Ding or dint free – Look carefully and you might discover minor hints of lacquer checking – Frets are clean, so not a hint of an issue on that score – Slight usual hint of tarnishing to the nickel hardware- Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10’s and a sensible fluid playing action – Includes a clean original black Gibson case that is in full working order
Additional comments in no particular order :-
- whole guitar weighs 9lbs and 2oz – always hard to determine today which Gibson Guitars have a sold mahogany body and which are chambered as they have tended to duck around with such policies on many occasions – I generally quote that if it is ultra light or heavier, you tend to detect that it is chambered, or indeed solid – It is always the models in between which represent the questionable grey area – So with out any X-ray proof, I’m edging my bets as a solid body
- 2 piece mahogany body on this Classic with a one piece 60’s slimmer mahogany neck
- Lightly figured maple top – The Classic was always tagged as a plain top model, with a LPP or LPPP in the pick-up cavity indicating a Classic Plus, or Premium Plus with a highly figured maple top – No such markings on this Classic, yet it definitely possesses a subtle figured top for a touch of additional glamour Even grained rosewood fingerboard
- All original throughout including nickel hardware and the original hotter humbuckers
The LP Classic v The LP Standard – effectively they were the same, but different – A Classic is spec’d with a slightly slimmer mahogany neck, based on the early 1960 Les Paul’s – Note the headstock facia and the script text that denotes Les Paul Classic and not Les Paul Model – A Classic is spec’d with a set of open coil hot humbuckers – Otherwise they can be considered a similar guitar – In recent years Gibson have tended to change various spec and features of the Classic, to set it apart from the Standard, so today it is now considered to be a more budget version of the Standard – Yet for a number of years they had a similar price tag and as such they can be considered a similar model, with a different neck shape and pick-ups – The neck pick-up is still fat and warm, but the bridge pick-up kicks out an extra touch of power – So more screamin’ highs, yet still plenty of muscle in the mid range and tight lows – To a degree a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul, yet subtle and effective variations will please one customer more than another – The Classic can still deliver you that fat vintage flavoured Clapton to Moore classic rock n blues tone, but as an overview it does possess an extra ounce of bite – So maybe more pleasing to the player who wants a Les Paul that delivers an extra kick – Horses for courses as they say
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