#1
I am looking at getting a gibson les paul sometime in the future. My question is what do you think about getting a les paul standard/classic without trying it first off ebay for $1300 or should I go to a store and try out the guitar and buy a Les Paul Studio for $1200. Also if I get it off ebay, can anybody tell me some information about the Les Paul's Gibson built in the 90's (such as the quality, sound and general information compared to todays Gibson Les Paul). Thanks
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#3
If you've played LP's and like the feel, then generaly, you'll be safe buying it off ebay, just make sure you don't get a trashy one.
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#4
Find the model name of the Les Paul on eBay, then go try it in a store. Trust me, I've honestly done that like 5 times. If you like it, buy it on eBay.
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#5
gibbys have gone down in standard IMO i much prefer my 80s Jp copy, seriously i would recomend getting and old greco/burny/orville (orville are actually made by gibson) much superiour to nowadays gibbys and nowhere near as expensive antique gbsons

unless you just want to have a 'gibson' on the headstock
#6
although I would suggest seeing the serial number on ebay. If they dont have pictures ask for them, and if you get it, check it out through gibson, and make sure everything matches up
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#7
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although I would suggest seeing the serial number on ebay. If they dont have pictures ask for them, and if you get it, check it out through gibson, and make sure everything matches up



I can't stress that enough. The best ways to tell it is a fake, is calling Gibson about the serial number on the headstock, the truss cover usually only has 2 screws (where most fakes have the 3 screws like epiphone) and if you take off the backplates or humbuckers they are not painted. Most fakes just paint everything. Gibson.com has a page dedicated to how to spot a fake. I know someone that had to deal with receiving a fake on Ebay, it is not a pretty ordeal what so ever.

If it checks out though, and the price is good, ebay is not a bad way to go, just be careful.
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#8
I would say feck gibson and get a prs. i got mine off ebay. its a custom 22 in red, only played once, got it for £950! they are normally £2000 in the uk! They are alot more versatile and are alot lighter. But, if you want a gibs I'd try find a second hand one on ebay or somewhere.
#9
Guys buys $5000 Gibson off eBay. Guy receives metal rod in a guitar case. End of story. Point made?
#10
There's always a risk that you get a bad guitar as we all know but id say: NEVER buy ANYTHING off of ebay unless you've tried it first... or that it's so cheap it's simply no loss =)... of course a 1200$ gibson LP isn't no loss at all
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Guys buys $5000 Gibson off eBay. Guy receives metal rod in a guitar case. End of story. Point made?


Thats why there is such thing as buyer protection, and u can cancel payments and all that crap.
#12
I'd say go for the shop.
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#13
Get the Standard/Classic over the Studio, for sure.

I just saw a Classic on eBay for 1699.99 in honeyburst, and it looks great!

I also saw an Epiphone for 449.99 in honeyburst, and it has the same finish. So if you want, look at Epiphones too before dropping so much cash.
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#14
When i buy guitars I like to check them out in person first, but that is also because i consider myself inexperienced. If you feel comfortable buying over eBay, buy from a trusted and reputable seller and expect to have to pay for a setup once the guitar arrives. Also make sure the proper insurance is set up for shipping, since it's not that hard for it to get damaged.
#15
I hope you are getting a gibson les paul. If you are buying an epiphone... you might as well just buy one of the twenty dollar wal mart guitars
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I hope you are getting a gibson les paul. If you are buying an epiphone... you might as well just buy one of the twenty dollar wal mart guitars

Epiphones arent bad guitars. They aren't the best, but for the money they are pretty good.
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#17
if youre gonna pay as much as a gibson costs, youll want to make sure its perfect. Only way to do that is by playing it in a store.
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#18
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gibbys have gone down in standard IMO i much prefer my 80s Jp copy, seriously i would recomend getting and old greco/burny/orville (orville are actually made by gibson) much superiour to nowadays gibbys and nowhere near as expensive antique gbsons

unless you just want to have a 'gibson' on the headstock

I absolutely agree. Japanese quality is as good as today's Gibsons (though Gibbo is starting to get its act together again, I think)