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/Derek Mok 01/02/2007

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin : MGR/Derek Mok's user review

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Primarily a singer, I've been playing guitar for about 10 years, been in a band (drummer!), and have continued to record and play with other musicians on a non-professional basis. My styles range from folk to hard rock, with heavy power-pop leanings -- Big Star, not Green Day.

I played this guitar for about 90 minutes at a friend's house. Its street price fluctuates between $800 and $1000.

First off, this is one of the lightest Les Pauls I've ever played. Weight has always been one reason I don't play Les Pauls, but this one feels as comfortable as my favourite SG. The carved top is gorgeous, and the simple finish shows off the stunning mahogany grain. You wouldn't think a finish called "Worn Brown" would look good, but it does. The Burstbucker pickups are great, the best humbuckers I've heard, the neck is extremely appealing, and the sound is wonderful, especially when using natural amp overdrive.

Some people may not like the worn, matte finish. I have no problems at all with it, though. This Les Paul doesn't have a maple top, so it's probably not as bright-sounding as some other Les Paul models. I've read complains about how the body of his Les Paul is a five-piece. Personally, I don't mind.

Fine to me. Classy construction, superb hardware, a beautiful finish. Every part of the guitar feels good to the hands and the shoulders. I've heard complains about Gibson's quality control, but the Gibsons I own as well as this Les Paul don't have any hints of this issue.

I've played Epiphone Les Pauls around this price range and I can tell you there's no comparison. The craftsmanship and sound on this Gibson Les Paul blows any Epiphone Les Paul out of the water; pay $200 more and get a Gibson. Again, I've never wanted to play Les Pauls since I tend to prefer lighter guitars, but this one is thoroughly comfortable and, as with the best guitars I've ever played, made me a better, bolder player.

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