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Which do you think are the most important tonal qualities of a good Les Paul?

renderit

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It has to be slightly chirpy but just enough to cut without being ice picky. It should have robust miss with Smokey, chocolate overtones, with a hints of fruit, lastly, it should not be fizzy and should maintain a warm organic presence when pushed. No ‘Tele on steroids” as I like my Les Paul to be GMO free.

This, my friends, is how all the “real musicians” I.e. obscure blooze players, rock stars from the 1970s, modern niche artists that nobody except for us weirdos on guitar forms, and “musicians” who bring $8000 of equipment to play for seven people at the local bar choose a LP.

I have no idea if you all are talking about guitars or some new age cafe with a fancy wine list.
Yo!

Excellent prescription!

I would probably like to go beer tasting with you!

But your comments left out...

Mouth Feel

And for me the finish must contain "The ability to deflect beer bottles without chippage".
 

jimmi

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Yeah, I get it, but at the end of the day, it's silly. I'm guilty of buying too much stuff, but the adjectives and descriptions are a little too much for me sometimes.

I like to play guitar vs. chasing the tone, but I understand some people like swapping things and upgrading. I think most of my favorite guitar players use/used equipment that the stores sold. it's nice to have choices but these days I just don't have the time/energy.
I think most of the classic players did modify the instruments. Page, Allman, Beck from the old school..The 80s players for sure did.
 

Guitar Magic

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This video pretty much sums up my original description what I want in a good LP. If there is heaven and the Big Boss plays guitar, I imagine he sounds like this.
Bell-like clarity when vol rolled down with absolutely no mud in the neck! Jingle-f'n-bells. Tele after the second shot of a hefty steroid dose he says... then he turns it up and the guitar explodes. Strong and clear low-end despite the cooking power tubes, no dead spots, violin-like sustain. I like them like this. If every Historic sounded like this one my life of the past 15 years of gear hunting would have been a hell of a lot easier...


Here's the other video where JD plays one of Ed King's '58, the guy's on fire and Ed says at the end that it sounds like a fat Tele.

 

jimmi

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This video pretty much sums up my original description what I want in a good LP. If there is heaven and the Big Boss plays guitar, I imagine he sounds like this.
Bell-like clarity when vol rolled down with absolutely no mud in the neck! Jingle-f'n-bells. Tele after the second shot of a hefty steroid dose he says... then he turns it up and the guitar explodes. Strong and clear low-end despite the cooking power tubes, no dead spots, violin-like sustain. I like them like this. If every Historic sounded like this one my life of the past 15 years of gear hunting would have been a hell of a lot easier...


Here's the other video where JD plays one of Ed King's '58, the guy's on fire and Ed says at the end that it sounds like a fat Tele.

I’m played that guitar. I liked it a lot. Liked the look too.
 
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