Price paid: $ 1799
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
Oh, the sustaaaaiiinnnnnnn! Great sounding pick ups. Alot like expensive aftermarkets. Coil tapping changes everything. Get Jimmy Page, Slash, BB King, modern Country, great clean sounds along with everything a Lester should be! My personal fav is selector in mid position, bridge humbucker vol. full up and dial in about 6 on coil tapped neck pick up vol. Great all around clean and distorted rhythm sound!
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar was ment to fill a Les Paul void for a long time Fender man. Now after using it alot (constantly), I'm seeing the great flexability the coil tapped pickups can have. I play rock, blues, jazz, some country, and praise and worship. This is a great one guitar fits all guitar. It is fist and foremost a Les Paul, but can imitate a Strat and tele pretty good in a pinch.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Lester's are famous for neck cracks so I always watch how it is stored. I recommend putting locking strap buttons on also. The top one slips off of straps alot. The binding around the body and neck are great for protecting against those little bumps. The wiring and push/pull pots are a good quality. Should be very reliable and hold up well in the long run. It's a solid feeling instrument. I expect it to hold up to constant playing and traveling.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This was the big suprise for me. After years of dropping down two grand only to go home and spend 3 hours setting a big name guitar up to play descent, this Les Paul neede nothing. And still after a month of steady playing, I still can't find anything to tweak! Just check yours out real good at the store, pick the best one of the rack and you won't be sorry.
Features — 10
I got this 2010 Trad Pro on Black Fri. Benn reading about them for a year. I'm mostly a Fender man, but needed that Lester sound in my arsenal. This is by far the best Les Paul model available for the money! I've been playing for 27yrs now and am a Berklee alumni, I'v been around the block(twice, ha). The Plek fret job is for real. This sounded suspect to me in the ads, but it really plays great all over the neck. This is a lighter Paul but not chambered. Very comfortable with a good paded strap. Pick ups sound great for most styles and coil tapping helps get a quick Fenderish sound on the fly. Locking tuners are a plus. Over all I would recomend this to those who always buy the stock guitar and then have to spend $300 more bucks to hot rod it up. Gibson has already done that here. This thing is ready to go from the store to the stage, no joke.