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New Les Paul Custom or Used?

Rojo

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Am torn between buying a new Les Paul Custom for around 3700 or a used 2016 model for around 3000 (pickups not stock).

Is it worth the extra 700 for the shiny new one? What do people think as I can't decide, the 2016 with different pickups sounds good, but always like the assurance of a new one and the 2020/21 will have the unpotted pickups so similar sound...
 

stumphead

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there are lots of versions of Customs

the ones you are looking at ...... do they have a real Ebony board or the wonky richlite man made compound ? ............ is the body all mahogany or does it have a maple top ? ...... how much do the 2 different guitars weight ? ...... what color are they ? ....... is either a speical 1957 reissue ? ........ whcih of the two plays better ? ,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,, which sounds better .... how many pickups do they each have ?

your question will get better responses by a mile if you formulate a more detailed question


 

Rojo

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Thanks, I should have been much clearer.

Both guitars are led paul custom 58 reissues in Ice Tea Burst.
One is a 2016 with aftermarket Pups
Other is a 2020 brand new

Both guitars have Indian Rosewood fingerboard, plane maple tops and all the hardware is similar. Both play well.

The only real difference is that one is a 2016 with aftermarket PUPS (which are very good, and unpotted), however the new guitar has the updated and unpotted Custombuckers.

I can't think of anything else.

Thanks for any suggestions
 

stumphead

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well if we are talking 58 reissue les pauls historics - thats different then a "custom "
a real custom is an ebony fingerboard solid mahogany guitar

if you are talking 58 reissues then why limit yourself to those 2 - there are tons of them for sale all over the place
 

Rojo

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Limiting myself to those because in the UK, they are very expensive and these are both very good prices. It is also the finish and model I was after. I don't see the value in another 1000 for a 59 Reissue, they are so similar (to me).

But back to my original question, worth the extra 600 or so to get new rather than a 2016 with different pups?
 

Rojo

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Even with the swapped out pups? Why do you think used? I am genuinely interested in the reasoning.
 

Rojo

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Arghhhh you just made this difficult. The 2016 guitar is local and well looked after, just new pups...I am really torn
 

Tim Plains

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Go try the one that's local and buy it if you like it. 2016s have R8 in the serial number. That bothers some people.
 

Rojo

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Really? Why does an R8 bother people. I am probably gonna go for the used, it is $1000 cheaper and is local so can play it and looks like a good one.

Just chatting about it has pushed me in that direction. New is great but the used one could be the way forward.

So I am still confused, nice place to be as either option is a winner :)
 

Rojo

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Just to update the thread, I pulled the trigger on an absolute mint 2017 R8 Les Paul. I am blown away by everything about the guitar. I thought PRS had good build quality buy those guys in the custom shop really know what they are doing, I will never sell this one. Amazing.
 

Rojo

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Yeah I wasn't clear as pretty new here. It is obviously a Standard 58 Reissue. But I keep incorrectly referring to it as a custom as it is from the custom shop folks, is it not? Thanks anyway
 
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