A Beautiful Musical Instrument
I love this guitar. I also own an SG, a strat and a tele and so I decided to get an LP. I didn't think that I would like a Les Paul this much but I am truly in love with this guitar and now I see what the rage is about these instruments. After looking at a lot of Les Pauls, at first I couldn't see why I needed a guitar that was heavy with a thck neck when I have an SG that is light, has a thin neck and has humbuckers . After a lot of shopping I decided on this guitar. This version of the LP is chambered and is not heavy at all, and after playing it, I found that actually like the 50s style neck. I didn't take anything to get used to like some reviewers said it would. There is a big difference between an LP and an SG.
I bought this guitar seeking the Zeppelin tone, but the unexpected surprise is how truly nice it sounds clean. Some people have remarked that the 490/498 pickups were Gibson "cheaping up" on the guitar, but I think these pickups were actually selected by Gibson to give the guitar its optimum tone. It sounds good played through a Fender Deluxe Reverb and a Fender Pro Junior.
The guitar that I got has a nice birds eye figuring in the maple with a pattern that moves when you move the guitar at different angles to the light. The fireburst finish is really pretty and classy looking. The actiion was set up just right - low with no string buzz.. The neck, I don't think is quite as fast as my strat, but it just has a really nice feel to it that makes for confident playing.
I'm sure that I will enjoy this instrument for many years to come.