Choosing My Les Paul


L-R R9 Historic Reissue, 2002 Standard AAA Flame Top, 2004 Supreme AAAA Flame Top &  2001 Classic 1960 Reissue

In June 2013 I phoned up an advert on PreLoved for a Gibson Les Paul Standard & I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the guy a choice of 4 high end LP’s for sale! I went with full intention of buying the 2002 Standard, but to my ears and taste (obviously its a subjective thing) the bridge pup on the Standard sounded a little thin & the neck had a 60’s profile which was a bit too chunky..

I played all four, gave them 15mins each, finally decided on the Supreme, 2nd from the right.

The Supreme sounded warmer, more of a blues/classic rock than metal, and the neck profile was 50’s style so a little thinner. Its a bit more ‘bling’ than the Standard which isn’t my thing, but I made up my mind with my eyes closed – based on feel & sound alone. The 1960 Classic (far right) was a close call, but it had a very bland finish & the R9 Custom Shop Historic reissue (far left) cost as much than the Classic and the Standard combined, so sadly it wasn’t to be. But it would have been the one….it did play, sound & feel incredible.

So it’s the Supreme, because I’m worth it.

Cherryburst AAAA Maple Top
Arched Back
Chambered Body
Ebony Fingerboard with Split Block Mother Of Pearl Inlays
490R & 498T Humbuckers
Brass Trussrod Cover
Gold Hardware
Grover Keystone Tuners

One maxed out credit card

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