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Gibson Les Paul Traditional - Caramel Burst Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from On the shores of the Mississippi River November 27, 2013Music Background:
    Musical Knucklehead still to this day

    The Beef - It's In The Guitar

    Why get a skinny one when you can have a full-rounded lady?
    The guitar arrived in fine shape again from Sweetwater and Alex (and Spencer) does a great job on putting up with me. What can be said about such a beasty meaty guitar? Well, first put the guitar strap more on your shoulder instead of in the crevice between neck and shoulder and wiggle around more when you play the guitar, and back pain will usually go away. As to the solidness of this guitar, it is solid, and I am a glutton for the pain and the misery of a full-bodied solid guitar. But not only that, it sounds great also with the '57 pickups (my favorites) and retain its character for many a year. When you pick up the guitar and feel the neck of the guitar you know the beef is there and its all good. As for boxes, I tend to rip those up gaining more strength in the upper body area. Now to the guitar case, a little smaller perhaps then the old brown cases of long ago, but still the guitar is fitted snugly in the case with an abundant amount of padding. Ripping the guitar strap off of the guitar when putting the guitar in the case will make sure you can play this monster of a guitar for years in the future. Okay enough joking around, I have to change strings and play my new music, rock & roll jazz while I put normal strings on this fine gitar I bought. Perhaps some blues, perhaps some jazz, perhaps I better practice and quit writing out a review. Bye, and let the fat lady sing!

  • from Buechel, KY October 28, 2013Music Background:
    Active, Retired Plank-Spanker From Long Ago

    Looking for a Tone BEAST? Welcome Home...

    Once I got the Brite Wires off my 10 lb (*my* "ideal" LP weight) Caramel 'Burst BEAUTY, top-wrapped a set of Vintage Nickels on the tightened down Stop Bar & gave the TOM little more than a hard stare, this mild-mannered NON-WEIGHT RELIEVED sweetie became an absolute TONE BEAST! While I'm partial to my R1(!) SG @ .002" off the dead-level 'board, THIS monster (with my VERY minor tweaks) has SO much character, she could have her own TV show. Fit/finish are flawless, representing a resurgence in Gibson "Nashburg's" commitment to quality. While I take care of the tools of my (now) hobby - this instrument is a total player lovingly crafted FOR a total player BY total craftsfolks who it's STRIKINGLY evident really DO care about their work. Always ambivalent regarding 'AA,' 'AAA' or gazillion A tops (hey, it's the albino alligator that gets poached), the 'AA' on mine is, in fact, icing-on-the-ca... guitar! This is unsolicited, I'm in no way connected to anyone or thing (except my wife) & RARELY write reviews (I prefer writing/playing music FAR & beyond more than talking about it & at 58, the list of those whom I feel compelled to impress was completed looong ago. If you're on-the-fence, I sincerely hope this little treatise is the nudge you need. Unless you're a 'send it back 'til I get the (multiple) A top I can stare @ in the stand' kinda person, you will NOT be disappointed. That said/typed, the last train to ToneTown is pulling out of the station, so "Good night, Austin, TX, wherEVER you are!" Oh, BRAVO! Sweetwater for posting multiple images of the actual instrument you're considering/buying - you can check that the strings are centered over the fretboard @ the last fret, ensuring the TOM/Stop Bar are properly mounted... No disappointment in buying something that needs fixing out-of-the-box. Rare, but it happens - just check... For me...

  • from Near Detroit June 17, 2013Music Background:
    25+ years in rock & roll - currently play weekly in church

    Nicest guitar I've owned!

    I must say how truly impressed I am with this guitar. I looked at over three dozen of these via Ebay and Sweetwater over the past 6 months and finally decided on one. I picked it out by serial number, quite a nice feature Sweetwater offers because you get what you see in the wonderful photos. I'm overly impressed by the quality, craftsmanship, features, look, feel, and playability of this beauty. By far this is the nicest guitar I own! If you want the original Coca-Cola, this is it! No weight relief, plays like a dream, and sustain for days. The AA top is beautiful! I'm more than satisfied.

  • from Newton, NJ January 31, 2013Music Background:

    Awesome !!

    I absolutely love this guitar !! I had a 93 Les Paul Standard which regretfully I sold. When I got to a place where I could get another, I couldn't find anything like the 93 that I had. I knew I wanted a Les Paul that had some weight to it because that's where you get all the tone. Gibson offers so many different models of Pauls, I didn't know which way to go. So I did some research and with the help of Patrick, of Sweetwater Customer Service, I got lucky and narrowed it down to the Traditional. My whole experience from choosing the right guitar, the purchasing process and finally the day when my guitar arrived, was nothing short of awesome !! Thanks again Sweetwater !!

  • from Mission, Texas January 31, 2013Music Background:
    Praise band, classic rock aficianado

    My Second Les Paul from Sweetwater

    Have spent the past ten years trying to get it right in the world of singlecut guitars and have owned high end models from other great brands. As beautiful as they were and easy to play, the tone was not like this Gibson Traditional, which I cherish. This baby is Plek'd to perfection, plays well and I thank Sweetwater for putting it through their additional 55 point inspection. Result: Received a perfectly set up guitar at a sweet price. And, the AA flame on this model is just right, not too flashy. When not playing it, this piece doubles as artwork in my living room. :)

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