« Truly modern Les Paul »Publié le 08/07/11 à 08:29
This guitar plays great for a Les Paul. The neck joint is a huge improvement over what Les Pauls have had for 50 years. Again why dont they just do this across the board? The thin body is a bit more comfortable but I still wonder why it is still weight relived. How light does this guitar need to be. There are non chambered custom shop Les Pauls that are plenty light. Its like Gibson is chambering stuff to hide their poor wood choice or something. The Floyd Rose is a nice touch being an original Floyd Rose. The locking nut means your Les Paul will stay in tune for once.
Its pretty crazy that this guitar has pretty much the same pickups as a Les Paul studio. The tone from these pickups are pretty mediocre. The pickups are standard Gibson pickups, but they seem to work for most. The bridge pickup has some nice bite to it, and it has some decent output. I find they lack the character for heavy metal, but they can work for 80s metal. The neck is a bit too bright for me. I like a thick, fat sounding neck tone, and these generally have a bit too much bite for me. However, they're clean sounding, and that works awesome for clean tones. If they are making a non traditional Les Paul why put the traditionally mediocre pickups in it. When are they going to start putting their GEM active pickups in more than 2 guitars. Come on Gibson you take one step forward and two steps back.
This guitar would have been perfect if it came out about 10 years ago. People have moved on since then. You can get an ESP Eclipse with a Floyd Rose for half the price. And it has an ebony fretboard and non swiss cheese body plus active pickups. If you were one of the people who wanted a Floyd Rose Les Paul back in the day here is your chance. There are other choices out there if you are looking for a guitar with the same specs. The price on this guitar isnt great either. You are paying for the name on the headstock with this one.