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  1. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ever since I sold my Epiphone LP back to the guy I originally bought it from, I've wanted another LP.
    At the same time, I'm getting closer to retirement, and told my wife around 2014 after struggling with getting an Epiphone SG to play right "No more cheap guitars, I want something nice to play when I retire"
    The next year I picked up a Taylor acoustic... not a top end, still an import, but the 214DLX is still a very nice acoustic.
    A couple of years later, she bought me a Marshall MG15 for my birthday (I had it, along with a bunch of other stuff, on my Amazon shopping list... no idea why she picked the MG over the Mustang)... so on Superbowl Sunday we went to Sam Ash and I bought a 2017 American Special.
    My first Fender since I sold me '78 Antigua, and first US-made guitar since I picked up my two G&Ls in the mid 90s.
    Of course, "no more cheap guitars" kinda' fell by the wayside over the last couple of years as GAS struck again and again... D'Angelico Premier EXL-1... imported, but very nice. A partscaster Tele, and of course a Harley Benton P90 Goldtop.... because I didn't want to spend the money for a Gibson.

    I changed my mind this morning, thinking back to the "no more cheap guitars" thing.

    2019 Les Paul Standard 60's in Iced Tea Burst.

    Gibson has done a very, very good job on these new models. So far, I have not been able to find any issues at all. The finish is beautiful, fretboard clean (if a little dry, but that's expected), and it plays like a dream.
    I haven't taken the time to run a fret rocker along the neck, but I am not expecting any surprises.

    Is it worth more than 10x the cost of my Harley Benton and 5x the cost of my Epiphones?
    Absolutely!

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  2. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Strat-Talker

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    VERY nice Les Paul. I love it. Hope it brings you much retirement joy!

    As for being worth what you paid for it... YES
     
  3. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lovely Lester! Good choice!
    Enjoy it to the max :D
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats. I've been saying for the last few years that the quality control is improving. It seems to be a 'next-level' improvement over last year though.

    That can only be a good thing.

    Enjoy!
     
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  5. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Retirement is still a few years down the road... at least 10 and maybe more, but this, my G&Ls, and my Strat will be the cornerstones of my playing.
    Yep yep yep.
    25 years ago, I'd have said "Meh, it's a block of wood and 6 strings... what's the difference?"
    Ya... and a Corolla and a Lexus are blocks of sheet metal with 4 rubber tires. :D
     
  6. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow, that's nice!
     
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  7. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Part of the reason I've held off, aside from cost, is the QC issues that have been around for the last 10-15 years.
    The reviews on these 2019 models have all been stellar, with even the most critical reviewers pointing out only minor cosmetic issues.
    I was debating between the Honeyburst Classic and this one. The Iced Tea Burst is closer to my 90s Epiphone, so it feels more "at home", and for $500 more, I figured the flame top and hand-wired electronics were worth it. The Classic has the PC board circuit with coil split and bypass... no interest in that.
     
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  8. Jesse414

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    Congrats looks awesome and I bet it will sound awesome too.:)
     
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  9. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Gorgeous thing!

    Love the reflectors.
     
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  10. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Absolutely bang on the mark that one my favourite finish on a lester.

    Gibson have got it together of late I played a gold top with p90s last weekend just got to decide what I am going to trade in for it.?
    That's the deal with my wife.

    Enjoy that new Lester :thumb:

    I was looking at the accesory pack you have, I bought a new Gibson back in January and the pack contained a photograph of it set up in the factory' and dated.
     
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    Keith268 Strat-Talker Silver Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Beautiful LP!
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Congrats!!! Gorgeous guitar.
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Congrats! You deserve it
    It’s also an investment - years down the road it will hold value

    Nigel would say “ look at the flame on that one!”
     
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    sgarnett Strat-O-Master

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    HNLPD! She’s gorgeous!
     
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    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That sum bich is perty.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nice; the LP Standard 60s would be my choice as well.

    The 50s version has a fat neck now, fatter than I can get comfortable with - I played a couple of them last week - love them, but knew the neck wouldn't work for me. It particularly killed me to have to pass on the TV Yellow LP Special. :(
     
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  17. nadzab

    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Beautiful, congratulations! I have a 2016 Standard in Teaburst, and it's a spectacular guitar. You made a wise choice.
     
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    StratMike10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Man that is so beautiful. At risk of sounding elitist... Welcome to the club!
     
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    Stratbats Senior Stratmaster

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    Oh...WOW. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Anyone on a $200 Strat can out play me; that's not my point. There IS a difference in quality. I hope you enjoy that baby because it's a BEAUTY!
     
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  20. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Beautiful, congrats.
     
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