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Old 01-20-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2011/2012/2013

Besides the neck size, is there much of a difference in the sound between each of the models. I tried a 2012 one at the local music shop and it has an infinitely better sound compared to the Squire Strat I have.
Nonetheless, I am looking to purchase one, preferably second hand, which is what brought me to my question above.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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It's bad u aren't in quebec, canada. I have one for sale lol. (2012)
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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Well yeah, there's around a 1000 difference (at least) between a Gibson and a Squier. I really don't think there's that much difference between the three models to differ the sound that much, but those things are HEAVY.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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I'm glad you notice the difference, some people don't!

The Traditional is more or less the old Standard. If you want the same guitar that was the Standard a few years ago Get the Traditional.

The Standard is chambered and the Traditional is not. The standard has Burstbucker pickups, the Traditional has 57 classics.

Standard has a slimmer 60's neck, the Traditional a fatter 50's.Depends what you like, you'll just get used to them both anyway.

The Custom Classic has a baked maple board, whereas the others are Rosewood. I love Baked Maple soooo much. It has the usual Mahogany body, is chambered and has a 60's neck. I would look at it as an upgraded Studio.

I have the Traditional. I went in the shop to buy a Les Paul. I loved the Traditional, I guess because I loved the old Standards.

Try the search, this question gets asked quite often, you'll probably find a lot of information from previous threads.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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The Custom Classic has a baked maple board, whereas the others are Rosewood. I love Baked Maple soooo much. It has the usual Mahogany body, is chambered and has a 60's neck. I would look at it as an upgraded Studio.

I wouldn't even look at it like that. I'd say that it has the chambering of a Standard, the pickups of a Traditional and the looks of a Custom.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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I wouldn't even look at it like that. I'd say that it has the chambering of a Standard, the pickups of a Traditional and the looks of a Custom.


Oh yea, that's put much better. You should come and sort out my text messages!
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:45 PM   #7
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gibson went traditional crazy between 2011 and 2013. there are versions with both 50s and 60s type necks as well as the chambering and non-chambered (2013) models.

if original with 57 classics they should sound very similar.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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So if they are similar to the standard, would it be worth it to try playing the standard?
Nonetheless.. they 2013 models don't come in the finish I want because Gibson likes picking 5 finishes out of a hat for all their models >.>
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gibson went traditional crazy between 2011 and 2013. there are versions with both 50s and 60s type necks as well as the chambering and non-chambered (2013) models.

if original with 57 classics they should sound very similar.

The traditionals are weight relieved, not chambered.

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So if they are similar to the standard, would it be worth it to try playing the standard?
Nonetheless.. they 2013 models don't come in the finish I want because Gibson likes picking 5 finishes out of a hat for all their models >.>

The traditional is the same as standards pre 2008. The newer standards have chambering, modern neck profile and more electronic features (e.g coil tap).

Try both if you can and make your decision from which you prefer.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #10
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The traditionals are weight relieved, not chambered.


The traditional is the same as standards pre 2008. The newer standards have chambering, modern neck profile and more electronic features (e.g coil tap).

Try both if you can and make your decision from which you prefer.


The new 2013 Traditional is neither weight releived nor chambered. It is a solid body
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:46 PM   #11
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As long as the 2015 Trads arent 2008 Standards...
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The new 2013 Traditional is neither weight releived nor chambered. It is a solid body

I know, i was talking about the older models, '08 to '12 were weight relieved. The poster i quoted said chambered.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:55 PM   #13
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In any case I ended getting a classic over a traditional.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:45 AM   #14
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Is that the one with the baked maple board?
What neck did you get - 50s or 60s?


I'm looking at either the 2012 or 2013 traditional or will go for the classic plus.
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