Non-Gibbo LPJ Options?

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  1. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    Asking for a friend. No, really!

    A mate wants to get back into playing guitar. He's after a LPJ style, but isn't keen on Gibson.

    Now, I know (and you should all know) that Gordon Smith is by far his best bet, but, for the sake of balance, give me some other makers and models to offer him....

    Preferably with pics, of course!

    Cheers!
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This Harley Benton has turned out to be fantastic.

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    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    Mmm, nice burst. I'm tempted myself.

    What is that Roswell pup like?
     
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    The one pickup config is routed for a neck pickup if you decide to want to put one in. Semi gloss finish and light weight. Comes with a gigbag and a small edge contour on the back. I really like it when I tried it in a store.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Any specific reason... that is based in reality, rather than a few comments on an internet forum?
    Is it an issue of cost, finish options, features?

    There was a similar thread a week or two ago and the concern was over some finish anomalies around the neck joint... a minor cosmetic issue, and most of the cheaper alternatives are going to have just as many minor cosmetic issues.
     
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  8. Kerry Brown

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    A Gibson LPJ is not a Gibson Les Paul Junior. LPJ's were made for two years, 2013 and 14. They are dual humbuckers with a full size Les Paul body. Closer to a Studio than a Junior. Just putting this out there so your friend isn't looking for the wrong guitar

    http://aws2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2014/LPJ.aspx
     
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    yes he is a buttwad, but he doesn't build them, and he doesn't own the company. I am sure there are some Dbags at Fender, and PRS etc
     
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    It's punchy, clear, snarling, nice harmonic overtones, very dynamic and touch sensitive, everything a P90 should be.

    Don't let the price on these things fool you. I can't find a single thing wrong with this guitar. It was even in tune right out of the box.

    I did a setup to get it to my "specs", but it was perfectly playable out of the box.
     
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    So this is basically like the low end tribute model that they have currently?
     
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    This is an LPJ. A friend of mine has one. I personally think it feels and plays like crap.

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    However, I'm pretty sure the OP was talking about a Les Paul Jr.
     
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    Yes, I was talking about a Les Paul Jnr, and just using LPJ as an abbreviation.

    I wasn't aware there was a model with that name.

    Honestly, Gibbo's model naming is almost as confusing as Fender's, [emoji23]

    But thanks for the suggestions.

    To answer an earlier post, as to "why not Gibbo?", Well, if you want a Les Paul Jnr style guitar, obviously we all know that Gibbo is an option. Just wanted to get a wide spectrum and help my mate out. I already told him I think Gordon Smith is his best bet, but as I say, I wanted to help him in a balanced and non-partisan way.

    My personal opinion on Gibbos is that they're overpriced for what they are. But that's exactly what it is, opinion. YMMV. [emoji106][emoji16]
     
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    Some of us share your opinion. ;)
     
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    Gordon Smith make very good guitars, and I recall back when I started playing (late 80s) they were very reasonable and way cheaper than Gibsons.

    Obviously actual Les Pauls with carved tops, binding etc are still expensive, but you can actually get reasonable Jr style Gibsons at a price point comparable to a Gordon Smith.

    https://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/prod...5V4qOc95ihHMkOe9XKWKQOnHGmsOlmuRoCHNgQAvD_BwE
     
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    Those Tribute Models are more expensive than other comparable (or better) quality models from other makers.
     
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    I want a Diablo, but I'm not keen on Lamborghini for the same reason as your mate, I'm guessing, but I wont delude myself that a Mazda MX5 will do as well. I've played Harley Bentons and they feel like crap after playing my Gibson LPJ, LP Tribute or Melody makers.
     
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  18. Ebidis

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    I find the exact opposite to be true.
     
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    You ain't played mine. Built better than the Gibsons I've seen, the neck joint fits.


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    Demos in @Ebidis thread here