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There were two questions in your original post. The second was "why not be absolutely classic?"
The first was pretty easy -- just find the Gibson website and read the specs to see which ones don't have weight relief.
Here's the thing: "Absolutely classic," if you're talking "Gibson," doesn't really exist these days. The '58, '59 and '60 bursts were sought after because they had larger frets and humbucker pickups and burst finishes. They also come up at 8.5 - 9.5 lbs when weighed (I've played nearly 30 different serial numbers, thanks mostly to guitar shows and collectors in and around LA, a smallish percentage of the 800 or so surviving serial numbers known to exist and recorded on one notable site). Les Paul himself wanted the guitars to be made completely of maple, but Gibson argued that they'd be boat anchors if made of just that wood, so they refused. But the resultant guitars were never weight relieved, and the guitars that Gibson puts out these days are mostly noticeably heavier.
While Gibson itself has never really produced a great reissue of that guitar, there have been copies that have fooled experts done in garages and small workshops worldwide, and they fall into the original weight range without weight relief. But they're also in the $10K - $25K range. So much for "absolutely classic."
If you're going to deviate from "Absolutely classic" anyway, there are better ways to spend your money than on a headstock logo.
"Why not be absolutely classic" might include some of the following reasons:
It's hard to find an ebony fretboard on a Gibson any more.
I like jumbo frets better than whatever Gibson has on its classics.
I like 14-16" radius and compound radius fretboards on LP-style guitars.
I like 1 3/4" nut width (when I can get them) on LPs.
I like full thickness LPs without weight relief
I prefer polyester finishes to nitrocellulose (which is, if we're honest about it, revered only because it's a crap finish)
I prefer guitars with neck-*through* construction, a shaved neck heel and better upper fret access
I prefer guitars with a tummy/rib cut
I prefer not to pay big bucks for Gibsons that do NOT have these features.
And I sometimes like LPs that have Floyds. And 24 frets. And sometimes even 25.5" scale.
Buy it some flowers, call it pretty, take it somewhere nice....
If you can't afford it - then it is too much for you
might be cheap for others
What determines a "good deal" is entirely subjective. One person's good deal is another's "why the hell did you buy that?"
unfortunately I'm really big in the money department.
"Rockin' in the free world" by Neil Young is my all time favourite to play. It sounds good solo on western guitar following these chords:
The lyrics are the most complicated part to learn about this song.
Yeah, Gibby. 2002, wine red finish and maple on top so don't know if it's a Plus or not.
JAHellraiser Trading in a guitar that you like for one that is so fundamentally different, and then hoping you'll get the same enjoyment from a third guitar of a similar style to the first one makes you vulnerable to seller's remorse.
Whether its truly worth it or not really depends on how good this G&L feels to you vs. how your AM Strat feels. What is it about the G&L's that's different from the AM Strat you own which you fear you might miss?
well my strat is a 2011 so it's newer but not brand new.Called them four times on four different days at four different times. Got the machine - which was full - twice, got told to call back later once, and got redirected to a machine when I did. I love their pedals, but EHX has terrible customer support.
B9 is dropped off, should have the news from the shop sometime this week.
For what it's worth, I really liked my MIM Standard strat, but I still felt and heard a significant difference between it and my American Standard when I bought it. Then again the MIM was a 2003 and the MIA was a 1997, both of which are very different from 2017.
Maybe it's because I don't usually sell my gear, but I feel like selling a guitar you like to buy another guitar is opening yourself up to regretting your decision in a little while. How short are you of the SG's price?
just your classic/cliche 60's and 70's tonesSo...what sound are you aiming for? What's the budget?