Hankering for a black les Paul custom

Felix

Addicted to Grunge
#25
Depending on what age Custom you get, the QC shouldn't be much of an issue. You can seriously spend a lot of money on getting the right one that's for sure.
 

Felix

Addicted to Grunge
#27
I don't think I've heard of many QC issues from the Custom shop, it's usually USA that gets that criticism.
I think anything pre 2002/or 2005 is a normal production line model, any after then is a CS model(Unless you go for a 2011/12 classic Custom like mine). Gibson seem to have always taken a lot of care with the "Custom's" as it did require different items being done on the guitar.

One thing that is pretty true of ANY LP Custom is their weight. Mine comes in at 10.4lb's but feels different to a heavy Traditional, thanks to the balance.
 
#28
I had my fun with a new 2001 Gibson Les Paul custom back then and while the quality gave me 2 faults to deal with it sounded and played great. Still I am more into strat sounds and so much that I could let go so it went and I have not really desired another since then.
 

Remy

Middle Aged Newb
#29
Epiphone made a Custom too. I had one for a week but someone had modded it to be three EMG actives and I just couldn't get into the setup and thicker neck compared to my others. The one I had was dirty as hell in the store, downright nasty. A couple hours carefully cleaning it and she was beautifully worn and faded but still had that lovely black and gold look with the slightly yellowing binding.
If you're not stuck on it being a high end model, check around for one of the Epiphones, they did a "Plus" version since then as well. My complains weren't anything bad about the guitar, just that it didn't suit me. The pickup situation meant I couldn't just put it back to the original config, I could have lived with the neck I think.
 

craig

Well-Known Member
#30
I have 2 Les Paul Customs, and i shopped around for ages before buying them. I got the first one and then the second over a year later, I found the newer ones to be very hit and miss but the older ones were more consistent in terms of quality, made of better materials for a start and are just more solid.

One thing I will say about Customs is the tiny frets are not for everyone and many of the older ones would have been refretted. Another thing with the older ones is dont listen to all the crap on the forums about 70's & 80's Les Pauls being bad guitars, its bollocks, ive played LOADS from these eras and same with any era, there are some great ones, some good ones and some shit ones. Best thing to do before selling any of your current gear is to try as many as you can before making any choices on what to keep or sell.



White 1987 - Black Beauty is - 1980
 

Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
#32
I have 2 Les Paul Customs, and i shopped around for ages before buying them. I got the first one and then the second over a year later, I found the newer ones to be very hit and miss but the older ones were more consistent in terms of quality, made of better materials for a start and are just more solid.

One thing I will say about Customs is the tiny frets are not for everyone and many of the older ones would have been refretted. Another thing with the older ones is dont listen to all the crap on the forums about 70's & 80's Les Pauls being bad guitars, its bollocks, ive played LOADS from these eras and same with any era, there are some great ones, some good ones and some shit ones. Best thing to do before selling any of your current gear is to try as many as you can before making any choices on what to keep or sell.



White 1987 - Black Beauty is - 1980
That's a damn tasty collection!
 

doctorpaul

Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
Staff member
#33
I don't think I've heard of many QC issues from the Custom shop, it's usually USA that gets that criticism.
The board on my Acxess has a TEENSY knot in the rosewood.
Apart from that, my brood of CS Lesters are made really nicely.
No QC issues of any magnitude to report.
 
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