Thanks for watching! I think the ML does make the goldtop sound extra bright and snappy because of how much warmer it is at the same settings. It really was tricky trying to determine how to set up the amps for each test!I found it informative.
There seems to be a lean to the Goldtop with the aftermarket pickups. To my ear it sounds newer, with a wider response and snappier attack.
The Murphy may be Gibson's take on an aged sound.
My ideal would be somewhere between those poles.
I watched the video , but I can't recall if weight was disclosed between the instruments . As I feel the heavier instruments have a much more deep mid range growl than the lighter ones which are more brighter ? ( I prefer a 9lb + Les Paul ) The lighter ones are okay and makes me think of the Tele on steroids sentiment .Thanks!
So my goldtop is about 7lb 14oz, and the Murphy Lab we didn't weight but it was a nice weight. I'd guess mid low-8's.I watched the video , but I can't recall if weight was disclosed between the instruments . As I feel the heavier instruments have a much more deep mid range growl than the lighter ones which are more brighter ? ( I prefer a 9lb + Les Paul ) The lighter ones are okay and makes me think of the Tele on steroids sentiment .
The ML was definitely a darker guitar on the neck. The bridge I thought was fine overall, actually brighter than his other R0 if I remember correctly. We showed both in this intro video:Sounded to me like the GT had more output. Perhaps if the covers were removed from the ML, you'd get a little ore of that output with the ability to brighten up the tone if desired. Bottom line, the human ear is always attracted to "brighter" so it's pretty relative as to whether or not the ML was a "dark" guitar. Good review BTW.
Thanks! I will say the amps were set very close to how I would for any of my guitars. I'm of the school of thought that you should need to do drastic EQ changes for every guitar you've got. Half of the amps were tweaked with the ML specifically in my hand so I tried to make it fair, but you can't really add what's not there so if it's lacking high end and clarity that's not going to really be remedied but normal amp EQ. Now that isn't to say the ML sounded bad, I honestly think if nobody heard the goldtop they'd probably think it sounded a lot better BUT I dont regret including the GT because context is helpful to get a good sense for the guitar. I wish I could have had a 3rd LP in there honestly!Great job on the review. When most guitarists play a guitar they E.Q. the amp to get the best tone. I sometimes wish reviewers would do this instead of worrying about a strict A/B comparison as it would better reflect how people play guitar.
I always adjust the poles, but I do it by ear. At the end of the day it makes very slight differences reallyHave you tried adjusting the pickup pole piece height? Setting the bridge poles with a 12" radius and the neck poles flat helps the overall balance between the pickups!