So a couple days ago playing at a house party my guitar got pressed up against the wall and the nut got pushed into the neck causing it to crack. I sanded it down so its smooth but i think if i take the strings off and give it a little pressure it could snap. I think by the end of december ill have around a 1000 to spend on a new guitar, depending on the condition of this one i may be able to wait a bit to get a little more cash. I play and epiphone les paul standard honey burst, and between the sound and the finish its pretty awesome. i still want a les paul with humbuckers in it but im just wondering what my options are. Im liking the 50s tribute humbucker but it looks a little cheap. what do you guys think?
Cracked head stocks are a very common problem with Gibson les pauls. I have heard several horror stories where they arrive from shipping with the headstocks broke. Its very unfortunate but its the way they are designed, but they are still awesome instruments. You should be able to take it to a good luthier and have it repaired, for way less than $1000. for my recommendation, I think you might wanna look at the DBZ bolero TTK has listed for sale. I own a Barchetta and I think it is the first of many DBZ's that I am going to aquire.
Here is the review of the guitar he has for sale:
you guys think I outta hit Dean Z up for advertisement fee's???.. hehehe
I play the epiphone version so around $400 bucks it wouldnt be worth it to repair, i love her but it would just be too much to fix. Thanks for the recommendation but im a real fan of actual les pauls and less so of prs and copies of les pauls. Name brand i guess i just like the feel and the look, not to mention the tone.
If you're wanting a Gibson, try looking for a reliable place with a decent used inventory, you can find a lot of nice ones that way. I wouldn't rule out Epiphone though, they have some nice featured guitars out right now, very cool stuff in some of the LP's. The Ultra II and Ultra III have the nanomag system for acoustic tones, which I've heard really good things out of if you need that kind of versatility. My personal pick, if I were in the market, would be the Traditional Pro, as it has nice pickups with individual coil tap on each (bridge vol taps bridge hb, neck taps neck). I have this setup on one of my guitars, and you can get pretty much any tone out of it. Tap the bridge for a tele-like tone, tap the neck for a strat tone, or use combinations - bridge humbucker with neck singlecoil sounds REALLY great. And it would only eat up about half your budget! Another option is to just find one that you really like the look and feel of, and drop a set of pickups in... maybe the SD Alnico Pro II's like Slash uses, those are some sick sounding pickups in a LP. I always plan on setting a little bit of cash aside to trick out a new guitar... gotta make it your own!
If a Gibson really feels/sounds better to you, or just inspires you more, go that way. But with that kind of cash you could also set yourself up with a killer Epiphone. I doubt you'll be disappointed with whatever you pick, as they're all good options!
I used to think that Gibson was the only way to go. I played a $1300 Gibson studio and to its credit, it did play very well. That being said I played an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus right after I played the studio and there was no comparison. The Epiphone slayed the studio in every way. Please note I had $2000 in my pocket to buy my new guitar and the Epi was not even something I was even looking at initially. I took the Epiphone home with me that same day. On a side note, I also played a Gibson Les Paul Standard and I was hard pressed to tell a real difference between that and the Epi. And that is a $2600 guitar. I learned my lesson that day an d am no longer a Gibson snob. The name doesn't mean as much as it used to. . . .
Jim, that is a FINE looking LP. One of the best blue bursts I've seen on any guitar.
I agree with DLR_41. I purchased a DBZ Premier Barchetta Eminent FR on Thanksgiving Day from Beat Street Music (Great Deals) and I havent put it down. I got use to the soft v neck. I own expensive guitars but I must admit it is a great playing/sounding guitar. For the $$$$ you can't beat it. I have to thank TTK for the heads up!
DLR_41..........what Barchetta did you get again? Color? Photos?
I got the FM FR Barchetta Eminent in Siberian Flame Maple. Its the only Eminent w/o active pups.
The Bolero is a single cut guitar but isn't a LP style, its in a class all its on... I know as far as tone I'll put my Barchetta up against an LP any day of the week.
not a fan of the dbz. No its not a bolt on neck its glued. What are some of the big differences between the gibson and the epiphone? What kinds of things can you do to them to make the epiphone sound like a gibson?
The quality of the pickups and the circuitry, wiring, pots, capacitors are all of a higher quality.
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