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Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
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Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw

LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the Les Paul series.

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« Great Les Paul for beginners! »

Publié le 05/11/10 à 15:03
This is an American Made Gibson Les Paul. The guitar has a mahagony body, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. There are two knobs (one for volume, one for tone). The input jack is on the top of the guitar, which looks ugly to me. There is one single coil pickup in the bridge position, which is uncharacteristic of Les Pauls. There is a wraparound tailpiece.

UTILIZATION

There is access to almost all of the frets (the very last one is a little hard to reach). The sound that comes out of this guitar isn't that bad. The guitar is lighter than most guitars, mostly because of lighter wood and electronics. The guitar stays in good shape for a beginner guitar, it's mostly pretty stable.

SOUNDS

This is a beginner guitar, which is obvious by the retail price. So it doesn't sound incredible. I wouldn't expect the classic Les Paul sound if I were you, it's not here. The single-coil pickup isn't necessarily the best match for this body, in fact the body is the only way this guitar even remotely resembles a Les Paul. However, for a beginner guitar, it's ok, in fact better than most. It does get pretty bright, and makes a pretty bad player sound not half bad, which is kind of the point of beginner guitars. They sound ok, if not better, with a good distortion. I'd recommend a beginner Marshall amp to go with this, I think that combo is the best you can hope for. A better amp isn't going to make you sound that much better.

OVERALL OPINION

I think that people going for a beginner guitar will be better off getting one worth $500 dollars than one worth less. Mainly because this one is better than most of those by a long shot. You'll be more likely to stick with guitar if you have a decent one. Even if you don't stick with it, you can sell it back for more money, whereas a beginner guitar will get you next to nothing. I'd have to ultimately recommend this guitar to beginners, but don't expect anything special just because of the Les Paul name.

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