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Ed Rechts

Gibson's first recovery move is to re-issue "The Paul"

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I have never got on with Les Pauls. The toggle switch is in the wrong place if you tap, bringing you right arm over it always hits it. Also, the guitar has a hard top edge so when resting my right arm on it, it feels sharp and uncomfortable, so I bought a Gibson Sonex...problem solved, I will def help Gibson in their quest for global recovery by buying a The Paul as it is exactly the same configuration and style as a Sonex.

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15 hours ago, Dutchman said:

I still have mine, OHSC too!! I’ll never sell it... to many memory’s and it’s just a great sounding/playing guitar to gig with. All stock but the knobs(still have the original) and the stop bar. Ebony fret board included ❤️

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Yours doesn't appear to have any body contours. Am I seeing that incorrectly?

In any case, I really like stripped down, no fuss guitars. First, they can sound just as good as guitars full of bling and, second, I never worry about scratching or otherwise disfiguring them in any way. It's as if they're halfway to a natural relic. Just drop them a few times and they have that road-worn feel. But I think this is a good direction for Gibson. "Back to basics" is always a safe strategy. 

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14 hours ago, kizanski said:

Hopefully, these are next.

 

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...and if this is any indication, it could just happen.

In the late 90's early 00's you could get these Vee's for 700-800 dollars. People could not get rid of them, it was silly. I really regret not buying one now, in clear coated walnut. They are cool and now they are out of my league price wise. 

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2 hours ago, fasteddie said:

 I will def help Gibson in their quest for global recovery by buying a The Paul as it is exactly the same configuration and style as a Sonex.

The Paul The Paul 

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8 hours ago, Carl.B said:

I like them more than I do any of the faded series. But is $1399 really what they are calling affordable now a day's? 

$500 USD in 1978, adjusted for inflation, would be $1985 in 2018 (annual inflation over this period was 3.51%).

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7 hours ago, FGJ said:

Yours doesn't appear to have any body contours. Am I seeing that incorrectly?

The original The Pauls had no body contours, that is correct.

It was a Walnut brick, heavy and unwieldy, but reliable. Almost everyone I knew that had one picked them up for cheap, used, about mid-80s, when all things went whammy,  before "Appetite For Destruction" made LPs cool again.

The ebony neck is really what saved that guitar's playability. And it appears that this feature will not be included (due to obvious reasons).  So, that "price adjusted for inflation" assessment is not accurate, given the current build.

I will also add, the guitar, as new, came with those hard plastic "chainsaw" cases that Gibson used to make, which are highly desirable even today. Those things are better than some modern "road" cases people will shell out extra bucks for.

The thing that surprises me about this reissue: I can't remember anyone famous playing one of these guitars onstage enough to make it a memorable iconographic model. So, it would appear to me that the NEW Gibson is getting away from that "marketing our legend first" business model.

Discuss.

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I thought The SG looked pretty cool, the Firebrand version even more so.

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23 hours ago, Dutchman said:

The V 2’s pups and rings do have a simiilarity to this.

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Looks like it would work for either #1 or #2. 

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13 hours ago, FGJ said:

Yours doesn't appear to have any body contours.

Not much, The down side of the guitar was the tuner ratio was 12:1 I think. They made it hard to get spot on so I added the TP-6 to compensate. The T-buckers in mine sound incredible. Big reason why I bought it... I could of got a “real” Les Paul but this guitar sounded better and I could put money down on a Boogie. 

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5 hours ago, Ed Rechts said:

I will also add, the guitar, as new, came with those hard plastic "chainsaw" cases that Gibson used to make, which are highly desirable even today

Mine came with a Gibson Square case. Maybe that was a Sioux Falls Music thing?

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2 hours ago, kizanski said:

That's because they're fucking hideous.

For 800$ I think they are cool for what they are. For over 2K, not so much. 

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23 minutes ago, Dutchman said:

Mine came with a Gibson Square case. Maybe that was a Sioux Falls Music thing?

I had to call some old friends to validate my assertion here after I re-read your initial statement.

It may have been a regional thing about the case, is what I was told.

I can say, everyone I knew that had one, including me, had the beat-to-shit scuffed-up chainsaw case. Those things sloughed off all attempts at stickering it with gig personalization, by the way. They were brick shithouses housing a walnut brick.

I do recall some of us laughing about, well, "the case made it worth it" regarding owning a The Paul back in the mid-80s.

Keep in mind, 4 years removed from list new, and these things were being traded for weed on street corners in Hollywood. Or a couple hundy, depending your debt structure.

Not a sexy guitar. But I wish I still had mine.

 

Walnut and ebony collect soul.

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36 minutes ago, Disturber said:

For 800$ I think they are cool for what they are. For over 2K, not so much. 

Hideous is hideous, even when it's free.  

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1 hour ago, Ed Rechts said:

 

It may have been a regional thing about the case, is what I was told

You guys from the west coast always got the cool stuff 1st : )

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This thing cries out for flashing lights and a synth pickup...

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5 hours ago, killerteddybear said:

This thing cries out for flashing lights and a synth pickup...

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I’m waiting for the Lonnie Mack signature version of this with Gravelin pickups.   

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7 hours ago, killerteddybear said:

This thing cries out, "SMASH ME!!"

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10 hours ago, killerteddybear said:

This thing cries out for flashing lights and a synth pickup...

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I can smell the patchouli just looking at that fucking thing, ditto for The Paul.

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OK , What could Gibson do to make the guitar world happy?

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6 minutes ago, bruce919 said:

OK , What could Gibson do to make the guitar world happy?

Hire Joel Danzig

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1 hour ago, bruce919 said:

OK , What could Gibson do to make the guitar world happy?

Keep making the guitars grampa played (and sell them for the price he paid).

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Actually, a line of Les Pauls that stay close to the basics would be nice.  Limited editions can be cool, but it seems like Gibson is trying too hard to be a fruit of the month club. 

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Looks like LP classics went back to late 90's specs at a decent price.

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