My First Les Paul...
She's a 2013 Traditional in HoneyBurst.
… And I can't keep my hands off of her.
I've heard all sorts of things about Gibson as a company. I actually own a 2010 NightHawk. I know that they've had QC issues and that always kept me away from them. Heck, my Nighthawk has a slight hum that I still need to get fixed. It's been that way since receiving it new. Plus, I grew up a Fender guy, and I also love PRS guitars. However, now that I'm older, my tastes have changed. I've moved more from metal to good ol' southern/classic rock. Currently spinning lots of Zeppelin and Black Crowes.
Anyway, this had me take a second look at the LP's. Because of the QC issues I'd read about, I did some research on import copies like Edwards, and those were a lot cheaper, but the shipping and the risk of having a deal go bad was a bit uncomfortable for me.
So on New Year's Eve, a buddy and I went to Sam Ash and Guitar Center to check out the real deal. I played a standard, then a traditional, and I was in love. Dang near felt like home. Later that night, I found the traditionals online for $500 less than in the store. The 2014 models are out, so they're trying to liquidate the 2013's I suppose. Regardless, I just couldn't resist.
I talked to the wife and pulled the trigger. Got it from Sweetwater (simply wonderful to deal with) and had it within a few days.
Easily the best electric guitar I've ever owned. When I got it, I started with the high gain stuff, and of course it was bone crushing. However, when I turned off all the effects with the exception of a little reverb, that's when this shined. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III . Every note was clean, clear and pure cream. Aesthetically, electronically no quality issues here AT ALL. This is one fine instrument.
Couldn't be more happy with this guitar.