Poll: Final guitar decision
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96' Les Paul Studio
27 49%
Ibanez RG2550E
28 51%
Voters: 55.
#1
Ok, I'm left with two choices on two used guitars. The have a totally different style, I know.

I play everything, from Death metal riffing to classic rock to blues. They both go for 450 - 500 USD used.

One is a mint condition, '96 Les Paul Studio and the other one is a year old Ibanez RG2550E (prestige model with Dimarzio/IBZ pups). Both come with a hardshell case.

EDIT - Gibson Les Paul studio, of course. Haha.
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Last edited by m3k at Oct 27, 2007,
#2
i dont like Gibson at all but allot of people do,and i think the Gibson would be better at giving you a wide range of sounds such as for blues classic rock and death metal,which you want.
Not sayin the ibanez is a bad guitar but the gibson would do a better job on covering what you need.
#4
Have you played them both? Personally I don't really like Les Pauls, mainly because I can't seem to play as fast and smooth as I can on an Ibanez neck, but some people think that Les Pauls are easier than most guitar's to play...But if you're alright with the neck, I'd probably go with the Les Paul.
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#5
The only problem I have is that I like the Ibanez necks more and I find it hard to play on LP style necks since I'm used to tiny flat necks heh. But I can adjust in time for a different neck methinks.
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#6
I've never come across a good Gibson LP Studio. Frankly, I find them to be just as poor as the Epi ones (yes, even though from a technical point of view they shouldn't be that bad... I don't know, they just are. Maybe they're not made with anywhere near as much care as they should be?).

On the other hand, the Ibanez won't be quite as versitle as the LP, and if you really do play pretty much everything, that could become a problem.

If I were you, I'd look into maybe ESP's LTD range (can be better but cheaper than most other guitars, depending on where it is you live. Price ranges on these vary wildly even just from city to city in some countries), or perhaps consider a higher-end Epiphone/another good LP copy such as Tokai, Agile, etc.
#7
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I've never come across a good Gibson LP Studio. Frankly, I find them to be just as poor as the Epi ones (yes, even though from a technical point of view they shouldn't be that bad... I don't know, they just are. Maybe they're not made with anywhere near as much care as they should be?).

On the other hand, the Ibanez won't be quite as versitle as the LP, and if you really do play pretty much everything, that could become a problem.

If I were you, I'd look into maybe ESP's LTD range (can be better but cheaper than most other guitars, depending on where it is you live. Price ranges on these vary wildly even just from city to city in some countries), or perhaps consider a higher-end Epiphone/another good LP copy such as Tokai, Agile, etc.

As I've said, they are both used and that's why I can get them for such a low price.
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#8
Bump.

Man, the votes are close. You guys are making this hard
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#9
Bump #2 for more opinions
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#10
I own a '98 Les Paul Studio and having played a lot of Gibsons in that era, all I can say is that they are fantastic. This was the time Gibson reached their peak since the 50's. Many of the guitars from this era is marvelous and beats close to all modern day Gibsons. My tip is try the Les Paul and see if you like it, but I love mine.
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#11
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As I've said, they are both used and that's why I can get them for such a low price.
Even less reason to get either then...
#12
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Even less reason to get either then...

If anything, that's more reason to get them since I'm getting a guitar that's worth twice as much for the price.
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#13
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Even less reason to get either then...


What is that supposed to mean?
Buying used is a great idea. For a couple of scratches and dings you are able to get a perfectly functioning and great guitar for a hell of a lot less. =\

I would say the lp, I don't know much about ibanez but I've heard a lot of poeple say that those Dimarzio/Ibanez pickups are kind of sucky.
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#14
I'd go with Les Paul myself.
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#15
RG, IMHO, but thats subjective.
well because RG is easier (if u have small hands like me) to access the higher frets, and is faster, for ur death metal riffs. if i had an RG i guess i could do classic rock, but if i had a les paul i probably cant play metal
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#16
Thing is though is at the end f the day you arent going to pick what we vote youjust going to pick what you really want.
But i would pick the Ibanez purely because i love Ibanezs. Even the cheap models like the GRG and GSAs (which i have) have a very quality finish and fast-ish necks. LPs dont have very fast necks imo. And that Ibanez is a very good guitar ive played it before
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#17
Well, it could come down to Would you use the trem a lot?

I'm sure the Les Paul would do Death Metal, as would the Ibanez, and same all the way to classic rock, but if you are going for a lot of whammy bar usage...
#18
I actually don't like trems.

See, my dilemma here is that the LP has, well, it's a LP but it has a chunky neck an only 22 frets while the Ibanez has an incredible neck, build quality and 24 frets but it lacks.. soul.

I'm actually leaning towards the LP but at the same time the Ibanez seems perfect for me. It's a want versus need kind of thing.
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#19
personally i usually go for want. I could be very sensible in my choices but that's just too boring for me.
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#20
RG + New pickups. You'll only grow to regret getting the LP if you don't like the neck.
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#21
Holy crap, 50/50 on the votes. DAMMIT!

Hmm, but a neck is something you can get accustomed to, no?
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#22
Any '96 Les Paul is worth the buy in my opinion. The question you should ask yourself is if your more a superstrat type or more of a les paul type. The LP studio's dont have great fret acces past 17, with that Ibanez it would be a breeze. Also, take into consideration if you want a trem (I'm assuming that particular RG has a trem), and if you really use that 23'nd and 24th fret.