Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin
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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin

Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

Prix public : $2,999 VAT
MGR/Michael March 11/21/2006

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin : MGR/Michael March's user review

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I've been playing guitar since I was 10 years old. I'm now in my 50's, and still learning and lovin' it! I currently play in an acoustic trio and a four-piece rock band.

Bought this beauty new from Guitar Center. I payed $799.00.

A genuine American-made Gibson Les Paul for under $1000? How can you beat that? This is a great guitar, but there are a few reasons it's priced where it is. It is a genuine Les Paul, solid mahogany top, back and sides. Mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with beautiful trapezoid inlay! Good frets, plays well up and down the neck. Decent tuners, nice chromed stop-bar tailpiece and bridge. And the pickups are awesome! Dual BurstBucker Pros make this LP rock and growl! These are really nice Pups, very loud with wonderful Humbucker tone! Set-up on my particular guitar was great, but I had to go through a couple of them to find that. A nice Gibson hardshell case is also included.

The finish is the weak link with this Ax. I checked out a few of them and it varies quite a bit. It's a very thin laquer finish, and it's a rough finish. It does show off the wood well, but may not be for everyone. I wound up doing some work on it to smooth out the finish and am very pleased with the results. (light sanding with 1000 grit sandpaper, lemon oil rub, then polish). This may not be something everyone would want to tackle, but for me it resulted in a great looking, (and sounding) guitar!

This is a quality Gibson guitar. The finish is the only thing that's a little suspect, but that's why it's priced where it is. The frets were also a little sharp on the edges, but I took care of that too.

Again, for the price this is a great value in a genuine Gibson Les Paul. The finish may turn some people off, but I really like the simple beauty of real mahogany. Along with a great neck and kick-#*s pickups, this Les Paul could make someone a very happy rock&roller!

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