Poll: Which Gibson?
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Epiphone Casino; Hollowbody, P-90's you like and you like it's tone.
8 24%
Gibson Les Paul Junior; You like it's look and tone, and it's the cheapest US-made one here.
3 9%
Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded; It's a genuine Gibson Les Paul and will help with your metal troubles.
4 12%
Gibson Les Paul Studio; Same as the Studio Faded, only much more authentic-looking and feeling.
19 56%
Voters: 34.
#1
Alright, possibly after a set of Fender Tex Mex pickups, I intend to get a Gibson to help round out my collection. Or this one Epiphone I love. But to get to the point, I'm torn between a few, and I'd like UG's help picking.

The guitars are as follows in order of price;

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Casino-Electric-Guitar?sku=518295 - Natural finish or sunburst - $700 - Pros; P-90's that I love. Finally gives me a hollowbody. I love it's full, round tone, as well as it's acoustic possibilities. - Cons; Feedback, and not the type I like. Pickups, being single-coils hum in 2 of the 3 positions. Doesn't help the whole "I need a guitar for metal with my new band" situation that much. John Lennon is really the main artist I like who uses them, and with all due respect to Mr. Lennon, while he was an incredible writer, he wasn't a terribly amazing guitarist. Only non-US made guitar of the bunch, and lets face it, the economy can use ever dollar it can get nowadays.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Junior-Electric-Guitar?sku=580091 - Satin cherry or Satin white - $840 - Pros; P-90 I love. Jr.'s have a specific tone from the extra wood from only having one pickups-worth of routing, and I like sed tone. Cheapest Gibson I could get. I like the look of a Jr.. Nitro finish will wear, and I'm a fan of beaten guitars. - Cons; Only one pickup. Constant cycle-60 hum. One tone and you better like it. While it can be used for metal and isn't as much of a problem in the area as the Casino, it's not exactly helping my metal-axe-need situation either. No local stores have one, so I can't try before buying.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Faded-Maple-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=513825 - $850 - Pros; Les Paul tone. I know some people hate the studio and faded LP's, but I liked about half of them when I tried them, so I just need to get a good one and get a floor model instead of a backroom model. As with the above, nitro finish that will wear, which, again, I like. HH config is actually helpful with my metal situation. - Cons; I already have an HH guitar. So hit-and-miss there's a chance I'll be going to multiple stores before getting a good one.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Electric-Guitar?sku=517030 - Heritage Cherry - $1,320 - Pros; Les Paul tone. I know some people hate the studio and faded LP's, but I liked about half of them when I tried them, so I just need to get a good one and get a floor model instead of a backroom model. - Cons; I already have an HH guitar. So hit-and-miss there's a chance I'll be going to multiple stores before getting a good one. Basically all I'm paying for with it above a Faded is aesthetic, and $470 is a lot for aesthetics.

So, thoughts or alternative suggestions? Note all will be getting a Bigsby eventually, and both HH LP's will likely be getting the pickups replaced with Seymour Duncans(JB bridge, 59' neck),
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#2
the les pauls seem the way to go for you
i dont get how john lennon not being much of a guitarist is a con?
he's good enough
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#3
High end Epi > Low End Gibson.

You would be best buying an Epi Casino or LP and then upgrading the pups, gets locking tuners, etc.
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#4
Quote by FuZzY(aus)
the les pauls seem the way to go for you
i dont get how john lennon not being much of a guitarist is a con?
he's good enough


I suppose, it's just that he's pretty much the only artist really associated with the Casino, and he really stopped playing much after The Beatles split up, so I guess it's a bit of a mental thing I have as a Beatles fan.

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You would be best buying an Epi Casino or LP and then upgrading the pups, gets locking tuners, etc.


I said in the post I intended to.
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#5
Quote by necrosis1193
I suppose, it's just that he's pretty much the only artist really associated with the Casino, and he really stopped playing much after The Beatles split up, so I guess it's a bit of a mental thing I have as a Beatles fan.

I thought Lennon was shot(dead)? he can't play the guitar if he's dead.
#7
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I thought Lennon was shot(dead)? he can't play the guitar if he's dead.


Beatles broke up in 1970.

He was shot in 1980.

During his ten-year solo career, most of his output non-vocally was on a piano. Or his J-160. Or his modded LP Jr., but he mainly seemed to put down the Casino after the Rooftop concert.

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Out of curiosity, if I dig through the various lemons low-quality QC leaves behind to find a gem, what's wrong with them? I've played Studio's that outplay Standards, it's really all about getting a good one nowadays.
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#8
Sounds like the LP Studio Faded has the best pro vs con balance of those you mentioned, based only on what you've said about them, so I guess going with that makes sense.

If it was me, I wouldn't choose any of those guitars, but if I was, I'd take the Casino. Still, based on what you've said of what you think about them/what you want out of your guitar, LP Studio Faded seems to make sense.
#9
LP studio faded. it has the name, the les paul sound and an awesome finish.
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#10
Quote by necrosis1193
Beatles broke up in 1970.

He was shot in 1980.

During his ten-year solo career, most of his output non-vocally was on a piano. Or his J-160. Or his modded LP Jr., but he mainly seemed to put down the Casino after the Rooftop concert.

word I'm not big on beatles history but I did know he was shot. interesting stuff I didn't know he had a solo career.
#11
The two Gibson Studios are quite simply, poor guitars considering the money. Stay away from them.

The Junior is... well, limited. I agree they look nice and have a nice tone, but I consider them to be very much a specialist instrument for when you want that exact tone and you know you'll not want anything else. Typically I think they're great for pulling out for a single song or two but nothing more.

The Epi's plain decent for the money, and you know you love it.

I think the choice is obvious.
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#12
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The two Gibson Studios are quite simply, poor guitars considering the money. Stay away from them.

The Junior is... well, limited. I agree they look nice and have a nice tone, but I consider them to be very much a specialist instrument for when you want that exact tone and you know you'll not want anything else. Typically I think they're great for pulling out for a single song or two but nothing more.

The Epi's plain decent for the money, and you know you love it.

I think the choice is obvious.


Hmm...touche. Very well, just need to go to a store soon to make sure it wasn't just a one-in-a-million gem...
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