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- This Les Paul comes from Japan, made by the division of luthiers Bacchus currency. Side features is typical of a Les Paul:
- 1 piece mahogany body,
- 1 piece mahogany neck tenon long,
- Key magnificent rosewood
- O matic bridge a ...
In short, you know all that. But Bacchus raises his paw (intelligently) and appropriated the concept of Les Paul on several points:
- 2 humbuckers "homemade" (I will return it),
- A kind of Treble Bleed, with a capacity bonded resistance soous 2 volume knobs (useful for piercing the mix),
(So much for the electricity) and for the violin:
- An open book head modernized
- A fine oil finish which, if it is confusing at first, quickly becomes very soft and pleasant like satin.
When empty, this guitar sounds like never before. I have another Bacchus Les Paul, a RI'56, sounding even more, but the Duke has even more sustain.
The shrinking and assembly of wood, the junction body / neck are of a quality never seen by my luthier (Gibson even in the high-end).
For the rest of the electronics (wiring, jack, microphone switch ...), it's very solid and well made welds.
- The handle is thick enough to be given. Let me tell you that I feared this, but in fact his report thickness / width is very nice, and it allows no problem to go on solo treble. Not at all like a typical 50's Gibson neck.
It weighs 4.2 kilograms in: I like when it weighs an LP, I know it's not rational, but I like it.
The poatrds are very reactive and very sensitive, allowing all the nuances of the game
- Then these microphones, just do it. The microphones are very good, very well defined and very versatile, allowing almost any style. But with an output level above the average ...
And that's where it does not suit me (but it is personal). I prefer the vintage microphones oriented without particular emphasis on a particular frequency. I prefer to leave that job to the amp, like the distortion. [And that way, I'm pretty well served with my RAT Plexi 10W.]
After hesitating with Seymour Duncan APH-2 Slash, or Antiquity, I went to the Bare Knuckle Stormy Monday. I already had the Slash and I have also Antiquity P90-wonderful-so I wanted a little chnger.
Needless to say that with this config, you can bring out the subtleties that the violin can. A beast of competition.
9 / 10 only for the choice of microphones, but it seems that the Japanese love to the microphones of the type SH4.
- Overall Opinion
- I play for 1 month.
I stop to say I found the guitar in my life, I'm definitely not true to my guitars!
I had the Korean Epiphone, Epiphone of the Chinese "high end" of the Japanese Epiphone (good Q / P). I also have a Les Paul Bacchus RI'56 also equally good in his field.
The ratio Q / P is just incomparable with a Gibson Studio, which is the same price. I will not get on the ground in comparison with the CS Gibson.
This Les Paul is great to try at least once in a lifetime for any fan of Les Paul.
- Everything has been said by the Taz. Nothing more
A beautiful violin 'hand made'
- The handle is quite nice for me although admittedly there are neck easier. Access to acute is ... that of a Les Paul.
The beast weighs his weight, it is quite heavy as most of the les paul for that matter.
- This is where things get interesting.
It can connect without effect, clean, sounds are really beautiful, and accurate enough for this type of microphones. The guitar literally vibrates, it's really a thing you notice.
The sustain is very long.
In saturax: ca sent. We can go from singing to "send the cavalry."
The range goes from blues to hard rock, metal is not a problem either (unless my thing). For jazz, I do not know, I do not play.
We can make Gary Moore, the slash (that's what people are interested bcp), but also can be passed ... his own feeling. On the occasion may serve ca :-)
To compare a gibson LP, the duke does not sound quite the same.
the sound of Bacchus is a little thinner, more open and allows a good expression. This corrects for me one of the defects of LP's of recent years: "I send all the time."
But you can also connect the duke on a Soldano, and ... hard ca ...
- Overall Opinion
- I have this one month from scratch. I have long hesitated with a Gibson Les Paul.
The Bacchus is hand made. The woods used are obviously very good qualities. The level of production and choice of wood seems to have a good consistency at bacchus.
The finish is unique for me, I finish with brown oil. I feel the wood ... I love it.
What about ...
This guitar is unique and this award ... (1300 euros)
A condition to love his les paul type of course ...
- The beautiful comes from Japan. Very faithful replica of the Les Paul: mahogany body, one piece maple table, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. No varnish but oiled finish gives it a "faded". The frets, binding and other acastillage are assembled carefully, rather than on some Gibson 80's and 90's. My beautiful Duke is just a standard, but rather a pre-duke, who had not been designed for export (hence head open book). Everything is original, including microphones.
The finish is beautiful, but sensitive to moves (like all faded.
- Well, in terms of weight, it is called a Les Paul, and it does not take over the design. However, I have known worse. The handle is a kind of "best of Gibson" you are "rounded" (like me) or "slim tapper", you'll see you there, it is right in between. A kind of rounded allowing more digital acrobatics. I find it easier to play a Start or Tele.
The assembly and selection of parts must be particularly rigorous can feel the notes vibrate against the abdomen. If the woods are not the best I've seen (which also explains the ridiculous price), they perform very bienleur work and the violin is awesome. The absence of a very thick coating is also a blessing to paw sticky with sweat! In short, it is excellent.
- When empty, it already feels that the beautiful has a beautiful resonance, but then once connected ... I bought his "importer", oriented big sound (rock / metal), for ... make blues rock! In fact, it's love at first sight. I tried it in store, and I realized that I wanted the last good LP mode capable of but also vintage amp "hi-gain" without losing its rough side.
This guitar has character, but just enough to be dominated by the fingers of his master. To be more precise: Gibson Les Paul has renewed (new pickups, etc.) for it to be fitting with the current sounds, it is less "muddy" as the LP 90's when plugged into a Mesa with drive thoroughly. A "PRSisation" so to speak. The "90's" are actually a little too fat for a precise sound with a large distortion (even with a change of microphones). But current LP have lost "punch" and dynamics.
In the case of Duke, the choice was more clever: the pickups are kind of vintage, with a good output level, but also open coil. The essence of mahogany and its lack of polish "degrease" the rest. The result sounds a little less punchy but more round and surout a very open grain, which allows it to retrenscrire a palette of shades wider than a Gibson, and that, whatever your level of saturation (from clean to apocalyptic ). It was always a very precise articulation, as we could get it with their favorite guitar hero Les Paul 50's and 60's. Neo vintage.
The microphone has the acute response, ideal from blues to heavy hardrock, respecting the touch and providing teeth. The grave and cordial but "chunky" in the clear (not too slammed anyway), there is surprisingly usable with distortion (the quest for Gary Moore fan of Slash or what). There will be less comfortable than a micro PRS, but much more authentic, especially for a game "physical", either alone or in rhythm.
But his rock side (or harsh) when the limit a bit for the world of jazz, but I have not tried either.
- Overall Opinion
- I started with the Epiphone (sorry, I would say not much), Tokai, and I owned and played a Les Paul Standard 95 and a Les Paul Signature Gary Moore. I loved these guitars, but not a fan of "accessories", I ended up selling these beautiful one of which was fantastic clear sound and bluesy, and one that does not really speaking 'in saturax (in addition, considering the price, I hesitated to leave the flight). These guitars were the best instruments spares (I fart a lot of strings).
I finally found a Les Paul that does more than spare guitar but is a recurrent feature in my repertoire: I went out to ensure the Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top. And a group of blues rock, she had taf. It is also the first time I use a Les Paul lead guitar for registry renewal. With Gibson, I was just lining to thicken the sound.
The Duke is a standard blow huge Gibson Les Paul is a more authentic and versatile (well, not for jazz) that most of its current production, made (or at least assembly) by hand in Japan, a small price compared to the US brand. It is found around 1300 new, also available in P90 (Duke Master).
If you are looking for a Les Paul for rock cut, without betraying the spirit of Les Paul, go for it!
You can hear excerpts from the La Grange and Sharp Dressed Man on my Myspace (plugged into a JCM 800 2210 with a tube screamer for solo-gain tone and a quarter)