#1
What is it with people and gibsons?
People at school rave on about them, but why?
I played one (les paul standard) and it wasnt that great.
I also played a PRS ( not sure on the model) and it was awesome!
so What is it with gibsons? to me they seem overpriced and overrated...discuss
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#2
i dunno...
It is just a popular brand..
and yea, they are overpriced and overrated...
#3
Because some time ago, most probably before you and i were born or atleast old enough to play, Gibsons made good guitars. Now they are just endorsed by musicians who use them in their music videos, and Gibson live off their reputation while making less quality guitars now.
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#5
Matter of personal opinion, they are good, but overpriced.

A gibson is just a guitar, but i played one worth the money so i bought it.
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Gibson is just a guitar with an expensive headstock yes they are a good guitar but epiphone make exactly the same if not better and cheaper
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personally i like PRS but i wont be able to get for a few years
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If you want the sound of a Gibson, then theres no alternative. Especially the Les Pauls have a unique sound that no other guitar has. You want that? you pay!
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#11
You can't really dismiss the whole brand from one guitar. Gibsons are notoriously inconsistent - I've played a LP custom that was average and a classic antique that was awesome. They quite often need set-ups as well (which isn't really excusable for such an expensive guitar).

Whilst LPs are overpriced - they are partly hand-made (in a country where labour is expensive) and take a relatively long time to produce because of the nitro finish.
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#12
over priced? yeah

over rated? no way dude!

get a nice vintage (or newer) Gibby and stand in front of a real Marshall stack and feel the sonic awesomeness go through you. I guarantee it will be a life changing experience.
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I find gibson fretboards are too short and crowded for my fat man fingers
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I’m considering an Epi LP and while doing a bit of research on them I came across Tokai, and to my surprise the appear to be very, and I mean very highly regarded. Tokai make some stunning quality Les Paul’s and at a reasonable price too. I think the LC75 retails about 500-700 and some ppl regard then on a par with Gibbo’s and superior to the Epi’s.

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#17
My Korean made Washburn WI64 plays better than any Gibson under $1000 and this guitar cost $300. I played a Gibson Les Paul Special or something and the binding on the fretboard was tough and terrible and rough. I wasnt impressed with then SG Special faded either. I played a Les Paul Classic and it was alright, damn chambered bodies, I actually like the feel of a heavier Les Paul
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It's like Marshall...what other brand of amps does a newb know about? It's all because their favorite little crappy pop-punk-alternative-girly band plays Gibson, and in every other place a full stack with the word "Marshall" written all over it.

But I love Gibson les pauls. Every single one I played, except the Custom, were exceptional. and the sound. you gotta love the sound the Les Paul is synonymous for.
#20
Alot of those people who say Gibsons are everything haven't played one, they are just trying to make it sound like the know alot.

They are good, and I like them, but it comes down to what you like, I've tried lots of Fenders and could not find one that felt right for me.
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#21
Are you aware people that Gibsons have always been the most expensive brand? These things about them being 'overpriced' have always been around.

Anyways, I've played a PRS, and I prefered Gibson. I guess it's just prefernce. Oh well. I prefer Fender to mainly all the guitars I've played.
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#22
Les pauls are all expensive cause they are signature guitars.
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Les pauls are all expensive cause they are signature guitars.

no they are not

big fail there
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Gibsons have a certain unmistakable tone that some people find very desirable, they also take a bit more work to put together than fenders (who are basically the main competition)

Gibsons are in no way overrated, for some they will be the perfect guitar others will prefer soemthing else for all manner of reasons


As for being overpriced, that's really a matter of opinion aswell, if you deem it a worthwhile purchase than in your eyes it' not overpriced, Also with Gibson guitars, the value tends to increase or atleast stay fairly level while many other brands the value will drop quite dramatically when used
#25
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no they are not

big fail there


Weeeeeeeell not to knitpick or anything, but there was a man called Les Paul, who was a recording artist and had some input on a solid body guitar. He worked with a mandolin/acoustic/hollowbody company called Gibson. Heard of them?


Anyways, Les Paul liked the model so the company named the guitar after him. Ergo the name Gibson Les Paul.


Of course it's not your typical signature guitar.
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no they are not

big fail there

Well, it could be a signature guitar, consider it was origanlly endorsed and named after Les Paul.

But yeah, it's not exactly to his specs now.
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no they are not

big fail there

technically, they are. Have you seen someone that play rock music who hasn't used a gibson in their carreer? Gibson screams rock in a sea of metal and shred guitars.
#28
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What is it with people and gibsons?
People at school rave on about them, but why?
I played one (les paul standard) and it wasnt that great.
I also played a PRS ( not sure on the model) and it was awesome!
so What is it with gibsons? to me they seem overpriced and overrated...discuss


Some people like them, some don't. I personally love the Les Paul Standards, Customs and Explorers. I love the thick warm sound they have, and the neck is really nice, apart from the upper-fret access.
#29
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over priced? yeah

over rated? no way dude!

get a nice vintage (or newer) Gibby and stand in front of a real Marshall stack and feel the sonic awesomeness go through you. I guarantee it will be a life changing experience.


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Anyway, yeah, I do think they're overpriced. I don't think they're bad guitars (although I'm still have yet to play an actual Gibson Les Paul I enjoyed the feel of), I think too much money is being paid for the name alone. In fact, they just got quite a bit more expensive recently too.

That being said though, I did find a real nice Gibson SG that I liked, and not terribly expensive (will be picking up this weekend). Even better, I managed to lock the deal in before the price went up, so now I'm saving double what I would have saved had the price stayed the same.
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#30
first off, different people like different things.

for instance, i like a shorter neck, i like a thicker tone, i like a stop tail piece.

i also like humbuckers.

so i opted for a Gibson Les Paul Standard, played quite a few of them until i found one that i really liked and bought that one. i've played PRS and i like those too but they certainly don't sound like a Les Paul and since i love the sound a Les Paul will give me, i go for it.

they're not overrated...depending on your point of view and personal preference of course. i wouldn't mind if they went down in price a bit though.
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#31
First of all the les pauls as we know them today are totally different of the les pauls Les Paul designed.
Second, there is a big difference between artists designing their instuments and using a brand to build their design, or endorsees who have a sig guitar with a brand.

For example. The Jackson RR is a guitar designed by Randy and Jackson. But the Rhoads sig was the Gibson polka dot flying V.
Les Paul didnt have any sig guitars with gibson, he just let them made his idea of a guitar.
Look: to prove it to you: Les' sig would be a very very very very very modded kind of les paul. Not just a lp std for example. So you really cant call the Gibson LP a signature guitar.



Third: A signature guitar is always the same. e.g. the slash sig is always the same: Killswitch, 2Vol 2 tone, APH-1 pups, AAA MFT.
But the LP comes in a whole lot of versions: Studio, classic, std, BFG, custom, menace, etc etc. So thats another reason why its not a sig

Fourth: a sig is a sig. That means, a sig guitar cannot be sigged by another artist. That would be moronic. But the LP slash sig does exist, and the jimmy page, ...

Conclusion: the LP is DEFINATLY NOT a sig guitar.
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first off, different people like different things.

for instance, i like a shorter neck, i like a thicker tone, i like a stop tail piece.

i also like humbuckers.

so i opted for a Gibson Les Paul Standard, played quite a few of them until i found one that i really liked and bought that one. i've played PRS and i like those too but they certainly don't sound like a Les Paul and since i love the sound a Les Paul will give me, i go for it.

they're not overrated...depending on your point of view and personal preference of course. i wouldn't mind if they went down in price a bit though.



A great big benefit of owning a Fender or Gibson main-line guitar is that they'll never be seen as gimmicky. An LP or a Strat will never be a joke of the music community and you'll always be able to sound 'modern'.