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What DON'T you like on a LP (or LR) style guitar.
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Spleen
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: What DON'T you like on a LP (or LR) style guitar. Reply with quote

I was explaining to my wife, the rather picky list of characteristics a Les Paul style guitar has to match for me to like it and I thought it'd make a neat topic. I'm sure my do not list is = someone's dream guitar but that's what makes the world go around hey? What is your "hate" list?

Here's what I Do Not like in a Les Paul Style guitar:
1. Customs. I hate 'em. I don't like the cheap looking rectangular fret markers, I don't like the black trim on the binding, I don't like the double binding, and I don't like the diamond headstock.
2. Gold hardware. It looks crass new and looks cheap when it's old to me.
3. 3 pickup Les Pauls. I love Ace Frehley but they just look weird and too busy to me.
4. White top or Zebra pickups. I much prefer black uncovered or covered nickel.
5. White (and to a lesser extent, black) Les Pauls. Perhaps this is because so many customs are white or Black but I prefer a red or some type of burst.
6. Excessively yellow cherry sunbursts. I like a yellow wood stained LP but I dislike a bright yellow in the Cherry Sunburst.

Usually if a guitar has any of the above 6 cosmetic "don'ts" it's off my "must buy list".

I know that many people prefer customs to Standards or would disagree with other portions of my list. Let's hear from you and see your own list!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess you don't like my 68 reissue custom then...

I hear what your saying... what's another man's garbage is another man's treasure!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'd be off my "must buy" list but that is one sweet looking top on that guitar!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What DON'T you like on a LP (or LR) style guitar. Reply with quote

Mostly, I agree with you. Here's what I Do Not like in a Les Paul Style guitar:
1. Gold hardware.
2. 3 pickup Les Pauls.
3. uncovered pickups.
4. Excessively red cherry sunbursts.

I do like Customs, but I wish Gold hardware wasn't standard.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree on the Gold hardware! It wears off way too quickly and then looks like crap. It just doesn't "age" like the nickel.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like excesive red on cherry red models too and bad 15th fret and on access,and an excessive (heavy) weight(4,5 kg. and on).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too high prices...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was never a big fan of Customs either, although my first guitar was a Custom copy by Goya. I wish I still had it - it really was quite a good guitar (I assume it was made in Japan.)

I dislike gold hardware but somehow I think it's looks totally killer on those white 3-pickup SG Customs though!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like Greco Super Real Les Pauls- I have had 3 and there were issues with ALL three, The BIG FAT necks took some getting usted to-

I don't like 1978 Les Paul Reborns-to heavy compared to all the other years Reborns/Love Rocks.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochay wrote:
I don't like Greco Super Real Les Pauls- I have had 3 and there were issues with ALL three, The BIG FAT necks took some getting usted to-

You've said this before and I find it interesting. I have a 1982 Greco EG59-100 and it's awesome although the neck is wider than I was used to. It plays and looks great, my only complaint is the bridge pickup is a little too trebly for my tastes. Having since played a '59 Gibson Historic with the same neck radius I can confirm that the Greco was according to '59 specs anyway. My 81 Gibson must be a '60 neck which is more to my tastes but I got used to the 59 neck quite fast as I can't seem to set my Greco down!

Maybe because my Greco is a Mint Collection and not a Super Real it makes a difference?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought of another couple things I Do Not Like in a Les Paul Style guitar.
7. P-90 pickups. They sound really cool but I hate the look of Soapbars. I don't like mini humbuckers either.
8. Epiphone Headstocks. Actually we can probably include any non "lawsuit" style headstock to this list. Heritage builds a great guitar but I don't like their headstock for LP style guitars (even if I understand why they did so).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Spleen. You are picky.

I dislike overly red and yellow sunburtsts...looks like those big stick popcicles to me. Don't like heavy Pauls. Don't like high prices.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochay wrote:
I don't like 1978 Les Paul Reborns-to heavy compared to all the other years Reborns/Love Rocks.


Interesting you say that...I've only ever played one Reborn, a '78 LS-60, and it had to weigh as much as my Norlin LP...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some heavy suckers also.

For the most part all the Tokai Les Pauls after 1980 are lighter-at least in my limited experiance.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering, what is the issue with the gold hardware (on customs)? Is this purely cosmetic/appearance, or is there something else involved?
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