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Old 12-21-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Which guitar should I get?

Ok so I've finally saved enough for a Gibson les Paul studio and I've found 2 at the same price. The only differences between them is one has coil tapping (which my epi has and to be honest I rarely utilise) and it has a granadillo fretboard (hardly matters I know) also its in Pelham blue. It has a 60s neck profile too, but I'm discounting neck profile as I like all necks.

The second doesn't have cool tapping, but looks WAY nicer as its in classic white with gold hardware. They both have the same pickups etc. This one has a 59 neck profile.

So basically this boils down to either: looks, or an extra feature. I far prefer the looks of the classic white one, but it's not like I hate the Pelham blue, just not preferred.

Also these are the only 2 finishes my local shop has in stock, and I prefer to try before I buy so which do I choose?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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i'd get the white one
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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If you prefer the white one then get it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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White with gold can't be beat. I have an LTD-1000 SG in white/gold and it's beautiful. Why get the coil taps if you don't like the sound or don't plan to use it much? Sure, you might end up using the feature eventually, or you might never use it and wish you had bought the color you like.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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3/3 white it is!
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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4/4. i love the Tuxedo LP's. ordering a white Custom one day after xmas !
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:51 PM   #7
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Id go to as many shops that it takes tell you get exactly what you want.. big purchase
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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Dude, the white one might be rare. The Studio line's fingerboards all have been replaced with grenadillo. So if the white has ebony/rosewood fingerboard, buy the f*** out of it.

EDIT : I meant might BECOME rare.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:46 PM   #9
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Check the necks as much as you can. I hear that manufacturing with Gibson is less than ideal when it comes to uniformity with their guitars. I would go with the one that has the best neck for you.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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I'd get the blue one. I've purchased guitars before that had certain features that I thought would be cool to incorporate into my own stuff and realized I never used them. That fretboard sounds pretty ace!
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #11
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Go with the White, coil tap is ok, but it sounds like that feature doesn't matter to you.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:38 AM   #12
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Definitely the white one! The newer Studios, like the blue one, have a lower standard of quality than the older ones, like the white one. I also think that they look much, much better (don't get me wrong, I love Pelham blue, but I think it looks dodgy when an entire LP is painted that colour).
You can always add coil taps yourself later on for very little money.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #13
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Definitely the white one! The newer Studios, like the blue one, have a lower standard of quality than the older ones, like the white one. I also think that they look much, much better (don't get me wrong, I love Pelham blue, but I think it looks dodgy when an entire LP is painted that colour).
You can always add coil taps yourself later on for very little money.

what makes you think the white one is older?



get the one you like best.

and as said, you can always add coil taps later if you want.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:17 AM   #14
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Personally, I would get the Pelham Blue. If you get the white one, make sure your guitar stands and any case you get is nitro safe
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:40 AM   #15
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Thanks for the replies everyone, I think I'll have to wait til after Christmas to try them out but they have a few in stock the Epi I have now has a 60s neck and coil taps so I'm still leaning towards the white one as it has no coils and has a rounder neck, just for a change in gear. But I'll definetly try them out first after my last horrible encounter with a Gibson

and I hear what you say about checking the finish on the white one, I know that it can react with the rubber on stands etc and give you a horrible yellowy stain in the finish that you can't get out.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #16
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Yea, Some people love nitro guitars. The finish is breathable and yada yada yada. I like Nitro more than Poly finishes. Its just a nice touch and ages with character in my opinion. Your white Les Paul in 15 years wont be very white. But thats the beauty of it in my opinion.

Poly guitars are more durable. So you gotta be careful. It will dent and ding and if im correct, its harder to buff out scratches and things on Nitro finishes.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:45 AM   #17
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Go with the white one!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #18
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Both those guitars are nitro finished...
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #19
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Well yea, but I imagine the blue Paul would be less susceptible to noticeable stains and discoloration. I love Alpine White les pauls, but Ive heard a million and one stories of them getting stained. They are sexy though
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what makes you think the white one is older?

From the way he described it, it sounds like the older model Studio. The ones that were made before Gibson had all of their rosewood taken off them.
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