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MGR/JohnnyOblivion 04/30/2004

Gibson Voodoo Les Paul : MGR/JohnnyOblivion's user review

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I stumbled across a picture of this guitar on the Gibson website and thought, "Wow. That's a spooky looking thing, innit?" I tracked one down at Guitars Etc in Tucson, AZ, plugged it in for about twelve seconds, and suddenly found my bank account $1250 lighter. I probably would have paid more if I had to.

It's a Les Paul. A scary Les Paul. This thing plays GREAT-- it ships with 10s on it, but they feel like 9s. The sound is vintage Les Paul, but hopped-up a bit. Very crunchy on the bridge pickup, very smooth at the neck. But the look and feel of the swamp ash body are what set this guitar apart. Menacing beauty and killer tone. What more could you want? How about a red voodoo skull inlay at the 5th fret? Yeeeeah.

Well this isn't something *I* don't like, but it may be something *you* don't like: This model only ships with the "fat" 50's style neck... don't go looking for a 60's slim taper on your Voodoo, cuz you ain't gonna find it. As for what I personally don't like about it... ummm... it's sort of heavy? That's the best I've got.

Gibson USA = Quality. I could probably smash a teevee with this thing and it not only wouldn't be wounded, but wouldn't be out of tune, either. Hardware is all top-of-the-line stuff. The case is sturdy enough, and well padded inside with plenty of fuzz.

If angrydrunk Joe Perry and undead Jimi Hendrix got together on a Mardi Gras midnight in the living room of some fully-engulfed-and-burning-down-around-them mansion intending to design a mood-appropriate guitar, this is the one they'd come up with (although Jimi'd probably fight for a Voodoo Strat). It's a bold take on the Les Paul-- definitely radical and not for everyone. But if you dig the look, the rest is pure Gibson magic... errrrr, Voodoo.

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