Alright, so I have my GAS under control, I'm pretty much sure on what I intend to get once I have a job and a fixed income. I want to get some opinions though.

The guitar is going to either be a Gibson or an Epiphone, probably the prior. Anyway, if I do get a Gibson, it's going to be either an SG, a Les Paul or an Explorer. I know that's not much limiting the field with Gibson, but bear with me.

I've got it narrowed down to a couple models though, which was what I wanted opinions between;

Les Paul;

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Premium-Plus-Electric-Guitar?sku=517372 - I know the horrid reputation of Studio's, but I figure since I plan to throw out the pickups, if this one has more wood than the normal Studio's, it should be fine.

Also, if the Les Paul Junior their releasing sometime in 2009 is a $750 or less add that here, as I'm a huge fan of Junior's.


http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Faded-Explorer-Electric-Guitar?sku=518648 - I know the reputation of the Faded series Gibson's are about the same as that of the Les Paul Studio's, but again, I'd throw out the stock pickups, and you can't really take any wood out of a slab.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Electric-Guitar?sku=517320 - It's a Gibson standard, and it's not obscenely overpriced like a Les Paul Standard, or at least not as much.


http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Faded-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=517222 - See what I said with the faded Explorer.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-SG-Special-Ltd.-Electric-Guitar?sku=526789 - I find the finish sexy, and I figure if it's good, why not?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-SG-Classic-Electric-Guitar-with-P90-Pickups?sku=517127 - Pete Townshend played one, it has dual-P-90's, and I love P-90's, and it appears to be a full-fledged SG.

All of them(except the ones with P-90's, Gibson makes the best P-90's IMO) will be getting the pickups replaced either with a P-94 or a Seymour Duncan 59' in the neck, and a DiMarzio Evo, Gibson Dirty Fingers, or Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, and any Humbuckers will be set up for coil-tap.

Genre-wise I throw a little of everything in, but personal favourites are The Who, Queen, Van Halen and Eric Clapton's various groups and solo efforts.

So, erm, thoughts on which of them to get if and when I get one?

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explorers are good if you want a thicker neck
the sgs are probbably neck heavy but have a light body and very good upper fret access.
the les paul will be quite a bit heavier but will look best imo and sound probbably sound the best. however it doesn't have as good fret access.

try them all if you can before you buy.
if you cant find those exact models try: an gibson explorer
any sg special
any lp studio
they'll feel pretty much like those models.
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the standard explorer. or a jackson ke3
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Les Paul Studio Plus. Definitely. Great axe.

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i would definitely go with the standard explorer.
SGs arent really meant for soloing/shredding type stuff.
There more rythm.
Explorers are just bad @$$, the only famous guitar player that i can think of who had one is EVH.
And, i wouldn't go with the other exporer because low end Gibsons tend to be not so great.
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Explorers are just bad @$$, the only famous guitar player that i can think of who had one is EVH.

James Hetfield (Metallica) played one...although i think it was an ESP...

And definatley go for an explorer
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