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Okay, I got this guitar off the interweb based on its looks. I had played one and really dug one in a store but wouldn't pay the asking price.
Features an unbound ebony fretboard without position markers, mahogany back and neck, unbound maple top, brushed nickel hardware, 490R and 490T pickups and grover rotamatics. Finished in a satiny metallic pewter lacquer all over the damn guitar and even the pickup rings have some silver going.
First off, what a glam rock looker. 100 points for style. Okay, moving on. She has a nice rounded 50s neck profile. Points there. She's not particularly heavy for an LP, more points. Played great out of the case? Check. More points. Phenomenal sustain and a balanced tone unplugged? WOW this is on uncharacteristically great stock Gibby! Wrong. While I have nothing against the 490 alnico humbuckers (I hate the 498T, but the 490R is pretty okay and the 490T can sound cool, if modern), they sound awful in this guitar. Sterile, boring, all wrong for a Gibson geared towards a strong upper midrange. The Neck pickup is a bit boomy and masks the best frequencies this guitar projects acoustically and the bridge lacks any bass response and is a mess of upper mid snarl without any genuine sparkle clean or dirty. You could sue this guitar stock to be in an Nickelback tribute band assuming you had a stock mesa triple-rec. UGH! Not me at all.
Fortunately I have A couple different humbuckers sitting around. I am thinking a Burstbucker 2 in the neck and a Duncan 59 custom hybrid to start. Keep things hotter-than-vintage to match her hot looks, but get some seriously mismatched coils going to reveal the guitar's voice. The finish is thin and well executed, the guitar resonates wonderfully... I may need to put some bourns 500k pots in too. we'll go lazy to start....
Overall I recommend this particular les paul as a unique spin on the tired, old formula that is dazzling to behold in the right lighting.... not for stodgy, conservative types though. Sadly for those of you shopping, the good version (this all silver one) was only made for a year or two and is apparently quite rare. Go figure. Guess I was being a dick when I lowballed the dealer. I have named mine Silver Bullet and will probably keep her after I perform a 'lil surgery.