#1
While browsing through Gibson Les Pauls, I always disregarded the chambered ones because I honestly have no clue what any benefit it has on the guitar.

So UG, What are the REAL benefits and drawbacks to owning a Chambered guitar.

Do you actually lose sustain?
Do you gain, lose, or have no effect in Tone

Any other info would be appreciated.
#2
all new les pauls are fully chambered except gibson historics.
most les pauls are swiss cheesed.

it has to do with wood quality. No one wants to play guitar over 9 pounds.

btw you already own two weight relieved or chambered guitars.
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#3
Benefits:
Lighter, more resonant
Drawbacks:
Somewhat darker tone, less sustain due to lower mass

EDIT: AM: Epi's aren't chambered.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#4
Less weight is the main benefit, and it'll be slighly louder acoustically.
There would be an affect on the tone, not sure exactly what that would be though, and potentially a bit less sustain.
#5
Quote by oneblackened
Benefits:
Lighter, more resonant
Drawbacks:
Somewhat darker tone, less sustain due to lower mass

EDIT: AM: Epi's aren't chambered.


thought some of there were. okie dokie then.
Jumping on dat gear sig train.
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#6
I knew all the new les pauls were. I pretty much looked at the standard traditional. Which i know are weight relieved and not chambered. But most pauls have been weight relieved for some years now. I just wanted to know more of the effects
#8
it's pretty negligible since most guitars have some form of relief these days.

the only thing I can say is that a non relieved, solid body gibson les paul historic sounds completely different then the relieved standards. Whether that's due t the relief or not, I don't know.

a complete solid body will have a bit tighter attacker and be brighter but at the same time fuller.
a fully chambered lp is closer to a semi hollow guitar without the f holes.
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#9
Quote by AcousticMirror
thought some of there were. okie dokie then.

Only the LP Ultras.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#10
I thought that most Les Pauls, Epi and Gibson were chambered. One thing is for sure, my Epi Les Paul Custom plays great, but gives me shoulder cramps after awhile. That thing is heavy.
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#11
i saw a lp studio (i think) at a music store and it was incredibley light, i prefer the feel of heavier guitars.
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#12
epiphones have swiss cheese, the chambering makes the guitars lighter, louder acoustically and much more resonant because they are closer to a semi hollow guitar.

and to those people who say chambering kills tone, billy gibbons (zz top guy with the beard) has all his guitars chambered, it was even said by his tech that they chamber the necks!
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#13
Quote by I am wet
epiphones have swiss cheese, the chambering makes the guitars lighter, louder acoustically and much more resonant because they are closer to a semi hollow guitar.

and to those people who say chambering kills tone, billy gibbons (zz top guy with the beard) has all his guitars chambered, it was even said by his tech that they chamber the necks!

That sounds...rather structurally unsound.

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Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#14
Only the Epi Ultra is chambered. All other Epi LPs are solid pieces of wood.
Gibson Re-Issues are solid, one-piece choice Honduras Mahogany (You can get Chambered Re-issues designated CR-X).
All Les Pauls from sometime in the 80's are weight relieved (9 holes drilled into the upper half of the lower bout. Post 08 LP Standards are chambered, Trads are weight relieved.
Weight relief isn't noticeable to me but I've heard chambered LPs are more accoustically live. There was some good xrays of the two on-line and there's a lot of wood removed in a chambered LP.
Moving on.....
#15
I heard chambered Les Pauls are brighter sounding.
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