#1
i'm looking to buy a used lp but im not sure what year to get, people have told me that the quality of lp's has changed from decade to decade. i'm looking for one from the 70's on....what year or era would u recommend.
#2
i hope you have a lot of money.. older gibson les pauls are worth a fortune
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#3
Quote by FightinIrishPJ
i hope you have a lot of money.. older gibson les pauls are worth a fortune


in not looking for a 59 or anything in that category, looking for 70's and later something that will be below the cost of my house
#4
If you are inexperienced, you will most likely get scammed. You wouldn't believe how many fake vintage Gibsons are on the market and what they cost. The prices are absolutely rediculous from the view of a musician - if you're just a collector it's something different though.
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#5
I've heard the 70's weren't the best but really don't know for sure. I'd just try which ever ones you come across and buy the one you like. Most quality issues with Gibsons are visible and careful inspection should reveal any. Note that a smalll black lite is great for showing repairs like cracks or reglued necks/headstocks etc.
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#6
I'd suggest one from the 90's.
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#7
yeah someone told me the late nineties had the best les pauls, other than late 50's of course
#8
Why don't you get a 08 or 09 model?
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#9
because i dont wanna buy it new, i would rather try to find one for like 500-1000 less on ebay
#10
I see 70s LPs on ebay that go for quite a bit. Most seem to have an asking price between $2000-$20000.
#12
The mid-late 70's, all the 80's and the early 90's are widely regarded as awful years for Gibson. You need to look either before then, or after then, so up to the very early 70's or the mid-90's onwards.

And really, you won't find any of those guitars any cheaper than a brand new one now, except for the occasional Studio model.
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#13
well i see late nineties lps for substantially less than a new '08 model...are the new 2008 models as good as the ones from the late nineties??
#14
like fibble said, look at either EARLY 70s or LATE 90s. and DO NOT buy off ebay, or order online. all les pauls are different and you need to play them first. also try PRS, he makes some damn good guitars...

well i see late nineties lps for substantially less than a new '08 model...are the new 2008 models as good as the ones from the late nineties??


no, id stay clear of les pauls from the 2000s on
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#15
Many Gibson enthusiasts refer to the mid to late 70's as Gibson's "dark age". Apparently, the guitars made from the period had 3-piece necks and "pancake" bodies, both of which consisted of multiple pieces of wood glued together. I, on the other hand, have played some killer Les Pauls from the 70's. I find that Gibson is like that, no matter the decade. Some Les Pauls that come out of the factory are amazing and some are dogs. Either way, I would advise you to play the guitar before you buy it.
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#16
I have a "The Paul II" (Gibson) from 1996 and it kicks freakin ass sound-wise and feel-wise. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The best advice I can give, though, is to play as many of them as you can and base your purchase on a personal playing experience, not on reviews of other people on the internet or elsewhere. Each individual guitar has its own feel, even from other guitars in the product line, so find a specific guitar that feels and sounds great to you and buy that one. Don't hold up for another one of the same year and model just because you're trying to get a deal.

Guitars, even within a specific make and model, are NOT created equal (especially used ones).
#17
Quote by JEST87
Many Gibson enthusiasts refer to the mid to late 70's as Gibson's "dark age". Apparently, the guitars made from the period had 3-piece necks and "pancake" bodies, both of which consisted of multiple pieces of wood glued together. I, on the other hand, have played some killer Les Pauls from the 70's. I find that Gibson is like that, no matter the decade. Some Les Pauls that come out of the factory are amazing and some are dogs. Either way, I would advise you to play the guitar before you buy it.



Good info JEST, and sick gear too!!!