NLPD - New Les Paul Day

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by dadams18, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    I wanted to show off a bit! My wife got me a 2018 Les Paul Studio in a beautiful Smokehouse Burst finish for Christmas.

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    I waited to post this because I wanted to have more than first impressions. Paradoxically, I’ll start with my first impressions! First of all, the guitar is lighter than I expected. It is one of Gibson’s “Ultra Modern Weight Relief” models, and is about 8 lbs. Lighter than my Squier Telecaster Custom II, for example, and my Classic Vibe Tele too. Somehow, the lack of heft bugged me a bit. I was expecting a bit of an anchor! I find the finish absolutely stunning (though understated I suppose), and the fretwork is perfect - PLEK. The guitar came well set up, good low action, intonation spot on. Lighter strings than I’m used to, and on the shorter Gibson scale feels quite different. It comes with 9-46 – a hybrid mix of 9s and 10s. I’m getting used to the ease of bending these as opposed to the 10s on my Teles and Strat. I think I could get used to this, and might try them on my Fender-scale guitars.

    The pickups are Classic 57 neck, and Classic 57 Plus bridge. Alnico 2 – very warm and articulate, modeled on PAFs. Takes overdrive very well. Both pickups capable of some serious attitude!

    More detailed impressions – flatter fretboard radius, and seemingly wider frets (are they?) makes bending a breeze. Neck binding is perfect. Coil tap for both pickups gives a whole other range of useable tones – a bit like P90s, though not as punchy. Nitro finish is beautiful.
    But the thing is, it’s not a better guitar than, for example, my Classic Vibe Tele (which I turned into a Nashville with the help of Rose Pickups):

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    That disappointed me a bit, I must say. A nearly $2000 Gibson versus my $550 Squier. However, this has made me more closely consider what we mean when we say one is better than the other. Surely this is largely, but not wholly, subjective. We’ve all played/owned bad guitars – poorly finished, impossible to set up well and so on. Objectively worse. But where things like fit and finish, playability, appearance, fretwork, sound, feel, ability to stay in tune, whatever, are all very positive (approaching flawless), I think it becomes somewhat meaningless to say one guitar is better than another. In other words, my disappointment was unfounded. The Gibson is wonderful in every way, and creates a very different set of sounds than my Tele. And the Tele is wonderful in every way too.

    And, come to think of it, so is my wife!;)
     
  2. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
    San Diego
    Awesome in all ways congrats
     
  3. Jim Belaye

    Jim Belaye Squier-holic

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    Jul 25, 2015
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    HNLPD! Beautiful LP, congrats!
     
  4. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2014
    Pa
    Two beautiful guitars and a thoughtful wife. Lucky man, congratulations.
     
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  5. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Absolutely stunning! Great double edged review too, thanks. HNLPD!
     
  6. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Fantastic. The LPS looks amazing !!!
     
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  7. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

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    Excellent review!
    And she is stunning!
    What a great gift. I need to try one out.
    Thx!
     
  8. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    For sure!
     
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  9. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    You will get used to it. It might even have you looking for lighter guitars. Short scale and light strings grow on you too. I know it did on me.

    Incredible top/color on that Studio ! I have never seen one like it before. I'd be curious to see that top photographed in natural light.
     
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  10. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    I will try to get a shot if I’m home before dark!
     
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  11. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    Here’s a shot from a Google search. Pretty accurate representation of mine.
     
  12. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    That is sweet! One of my favorite colors on the new ones as well. That’s cool that the neck has binding. Is that standard on all the Studios now? I have a Studio from 2011 that has it, but mine was a special run for Sam Ash.

    Those are great pickups as well. I might try to find a set for my LP someday.

    Congrats on a cool guitar and an even cooler wife!
     
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  13. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Jan 26, 2015
    Portland, TN
    HNGD! Congratulations! Very nice present.
     
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  14. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    I think binding is now standard...
     
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  15. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    By the way, how do you like your Studio?
     
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  16. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    Oh. You've met my wife?;)
     
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  17. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

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    Jan 10, 2016
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    Smokehouse burst is definitely the one I’d go with. She chose well
     
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  18. DJGranite

    DJGranite Squier-holic

    Feb 7, 2012
    maine
    yup.... that there is purty
    enjoy
     
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  19. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    I love it. It really is my go to guitar. I am a Gibson guy at heart. The whole Stratocaster thing is new to me. My only gripe about it is the pickups. It has the 490 set that they put into everything. They’re not bad, but my friend has a LP Traditional with the same pickups as yours, and they just sound better to me.

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  20. dadams18

    dadams18 Squier-Meister

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    Wow. She’s a beauty!!
     
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