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Title: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 05, 2019, 07:36:56 AM
Black. Epiphone. Standard. 2019 model. Traded my Deluxe Squier Strat for it and got the better financial end of the deal. I really love this thing and it’s the first LP I’ve ever owned in 25 years of playing.  After spending the afternoon with it and my Marshall, I wonder what took me so long.  The warmth of the humbuckers and the sustain is incredible.   Just wanted to share some NGD joy.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: DaveyO on July 08, 2019, 02:35:20 AM
Congrats
I really dig a les Paul,nice jazzy tone also
Enjoy
Dave


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 19, 2019, 03:14:12 AM
Congrats
I really dig a les Paul,nice jazzy tone also
Enjoy
Dave
Thanks, I’m enjoying it a lot.  Feels and sounds way different from a Fender, which is about all I’ve ever played.  Thinking I might get a “real” LP someday too.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on July 19, 2019, 10:15:45 AM
You can get a Larrivée RS 4. A Gibson customshop ain’t better.👌


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 19, 2019, 11:29:51 AM
You can get a Larrivée RS 4. A Gibson customshop ain’t better.👌
Yes this is a Larrivee Forum after all,  :doh tho I have a couple "Gibson Custom-Sh0ps" and I too believe this statement to be true


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 19, 2019, 06:32:58 PM
True, it’s the Larrivée forum.  Was just sharing some new (to me) guitar love. 


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on July 19, 2019, 06:56:34 PM
No problem with that. Just saying if  you would be in the market for a les Paul, you should definitly consider a Larrivee RS 4. They’re superb guitars. I can know, I didn’t played a Gibson that was better then my Larrivee RS 4.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 19, 2019, 07:46:41 PM
True, it’s the Larrivée forum.  Was just sharing some new (to me) guitar love. 
All good, was just sharing my personal bias and an attempt to make light of it. I really luv Les Pauls just luv the RS4 more

 :cheers


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: ducktrapper on July 19, 2019, 08:51:00 PM
"Other Guitar Makers". I have non Larrivées that I enjoy a lot especially my 1975 D-35. S'all good even though I agree that, as two humbuckers-one cutaways go, the RS-4 is a superior instrument for less money.  :cheers


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 20, 2019, 07:01:45 PM
I do like the Larrivée RS, but like the shape of a LP a bit better.  I guess used is all there is of the Larrivée electrics now?

I’ve actually been thinking of saving up for one of the high-end “historic” LPs, or at least one of the ‘50s models.  The more I look at them (and watch YT reviews), the more I like them.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: maplebaby on August 16, 2019, 04:56:51 PM
You can get a Larrivée RS 4. A Gibson customshop ain’t better.👌

you might find that a hard claim to get nearly anyone to agree with, outside of this forum of course:)


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Barefoot Rob on August 16, 2019, 06:17:27 PM
If I were to buy a LP I would go with an Epiphone.Having had both in my shop the Epi is made better.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 17, 2019, 05:27:27 PM
If I were to buy a LP I would go with an Epiphone.Having had both in my shop the Epi is made better.
Really :? How's that :?


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on August 17, 2019, 05:58:23 PM
Some clarification.  I looked up the SN and my Epi LP was made in Dec 2018.  The workmanship is really great and it's been a blast playing it.  The only negative are the crummy "Grover" tuners that came on it.  Musician's Friend just sent me a coupon so I'm going to upgrade them with Hipshots.  

As far as the Epi being better than the Gibson, not sure about that, but I can say the current Epiphones are probably the best they've ever made.  The crappy components are to be expected for the price, and if you get one that works well, you'd be very lucky.  I'm not going to do any unnecessary mods though.  I'll leave the PUPs and wiring etc as is until I need to change it out, which might be never. 


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 17, 2019, 07:30:24 PM
you might find that a hard claim to get nearly anyone to agree with, outside of this forum of course:)
No doubt members here are partial to Larrivee. Have you ever tried a Larrivee RS-4 Dale  :?


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on August 17, 2019, 10:37:33 PM
Just ordered my Hipshots from MF.  Really looking forward to getting them installed!


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Barefoot Rob on August 18, 2019, 12:00:10 AM
Really :? How's that :?

 Better consistence,USA pu's,better feel{I can say this as I have own a few 50's,and late 60's and 70's}plus having quite a few USA LP's come across my bench along with Epiphone's.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 18, 2019, 09:59:47 AM
Better consistence,USA pu's,better feel{I can say this as I have own a few 50's,and late 60's and 70's}plus having quite a few USA LP's come across my bench along with Epiphone's.

My experience has been the opposite tho I never owned any of those junk Gibbys from the 50's or 60's  :tongue: , just the 70's onwards. The consistency of Gibson has always been hit or miss - but when they hit...... oh-la-la!!!!  More hits than misses in the electric world IMO as for Epi always more misses than hits by a long shot. I guess we all have different experiences.

 :cheers


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on August 19, 2019, 12:49:07 AM
I’ve seen a lot of the “Epi over Gibson” attitude online and don’t really understand it.   It seems to me that wood is wood, and I’m sure the same CNC equipment is used in China, South Korea, and Nashville.  So when everyone gets an Epiphone LP and starts modding it, they are basically saying they really wanted a Gibson.   It’s hard for me to believe that one has more structural integrity than the other, since modern methods are used to assemble both of them.  I mean, how many ways are there really to “assemble” a Les Paul-like guitar?  

As an Epiphone owner, and a satisfied one, I still smell sour grapes when this kind of discussion arises.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 20, 2019, 10:26:44 PM
you might find that a hard claim to get nearly anyone to agree with, outside of this forum of course:)

No doubt members here are partial to Larrivee. Have you ever tried a Larrivee RS-4 Dale  :?

So Dale have you  :?


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: maplebaby on August 21, 2019, 11:13:19 AM
So Dale have you  :?

i have not.  I'm a fan of most of the Larrivee acoustics i've played.  Local shop has carried them for a good number of years, back when they all seemed to have a decorative headstock inlay, or at least they ones he ordered did.  I especially like the smaller bodied Larrivee guitars i've played.

To be completely honest, i could never consider the 'les paul' inspired Larrivee electric guitar just on aesthetics alone.  There is nothing about that guitar that i like.  The cutaway, the overall body shape, the guitar just doesn't 'speak' to me at all.

I'd expect the first response to my feelings would be, what if it sounds amazing?  Fair question, but for me if i don't like the way it looks i'm moving on.  Too many GREAT guitars out there that i love the tone and look of to even consider the LVE electric.  Honestly i can't imagine any guitar sounding better than the current Gibson guitars i'm very thankful to own.  The guitars coming out of Nashville these days are PLEK'd and the prices have gotten more competitive on some of their non-custom shop guitars. 

your friend,
dale


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 21, 2019, 12:50:37 PM
i have not.  
To be completely honest, i could never consider the 'les paul' inspired Larrivee electric guitar just on aesthetics alone.  There is nothing about that guitar that i like.  The cutaway, the overall body shape, the guitar just doesn't 'speak' to me at all.

I'd expect the first response to my feelings would be, what if it sounds amazing?  Fair question, but for me if i don't like the way it looks i'm moving on.  Too many GREAT guitars out there that i love the tone and look of to even consider the LVE electric.  Honestly i can't imagine any guitar sounding better than the current Gibson guitars i'm very thankful to own.  The guitars coming out of Nashville these days are PLEK'd and the prices have gotten more competitive on some of their non-custom shop guitars.  


All good Dale, aesthetics whether a premier player like yourself or a novice, is many times the deciding factor coming down to even simply the name on the headstock. Your comment of "you might find that a hard claim to get nearly anyone to agree with, outside of this forum of course:)" kinda rang of the pot calling the kettle....  But very encouraging you recognize that  :cheers

Lots of possible discussion avenues on that side topic and sorry to kinda hijack as the LP's are beautiful!


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: Silence Dogood on August 21, 2019, 04:52:09 PM
I agree that the look of the Larrivee electric isn’t going to be everyone’s cup.  I could deal with it, but I do like the LP shape better.  Eastman is making a LP-style guitar now that is one of the coolest designs I’ve seen. 

Been playing the Epiphone LP for a few weeks now. I think a lot (maybe most?) people get these thinking they will do until they can get a “real” Les Paul.  But the more I play it, the more I don’t see the point in upgrading—especially when upgrading will mean a lot more money.  If I like the feel and basic tone, upgrading parts will be a lot cheaper and will only improve the guitar each step of the way.


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 21, 2019, 09:17:56 PM
Its been my experience/observation that there are two kinds of guitar players 1. those who are  enamoured with the name/brand on headstock and 2. those who aren't.  Whether you are a Pro or a Novice, a good player or bad you could fall into either of the two named groups. For the most part I believe Larrivee Owners fall into the latter and they too could be a Pro or a Novice ...........


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: tlp2 on August 22, 2019, 12:44:49 PM
Funny, I've been going around this same debate for myself.
I'd love an RS-4, expensive, but would settle for an RS-2, still expensive
and can afford a Gibson Les Paul Special, yeah, the stripped down one, used for $500 on the local Craigslist right now. 
I can get an "upscale" Epiphone for even less. 

Seems like the Gibson is the better deal...   :?

What an unfortunate trilemma.  :laughin: :crying: :beer


Title: Re: I just got a Les Paul.
Post by: tuffythepug on August 22, 2019, 04:46:59 PM
Funny, I've been going around this same debate for myself.
I'd love an RS-4, expensive, but would settle for an RS-2, still expensive
and can afford a Gibson Les Paul Special, yeah, the stripped down one, used for $500 on the local Craigslist right now. 
I can get an "upscale" Epiphone for even less. 

Seems like the Gibson is the better deal...   :?

What an unfortunate trilemma.  :laughin: :crying: :beer

And then you have the Gretsch "Les Paul" for about the same price as the Epi.  I've owned an Epiohone Les Paul and also an Epi SG.  And an Epiphone "Joe Pass" jazz box.  ...all were very nice but were made better with new pickups.  That's the one weak point in my opinion
.  But you are still way ahead money-wise if you get new pups as opposed to ponying up the $$$$ for one that says Gibson in the headstock.  I have the Gretsch LP now and love the filtertron  pickups