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    NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    I just received my new LP Special 2019 in TV Yellow.

    The guitar comes all the way from the Netherlands as there are no Gibson dealers near where I live in Ireland and there was only limited stock in the UK. These are definitely proving hard to find right now in Europe.

    Iím really happy with the guitar. My other LP is a 2016 Custom Shop R9.

    The neck is smaller than the R9 and is comfortable. So far the intonation is great and it stays in tune very well. No fret buzz or sound issues and the action is nice and low.

    One small point is that the fret board seems quite dry so I might give it a gentle oiling at the weekend.

    I previously owned a 2015 Traditional LP and I hated everything about it, so I was dubious about buying another USA Model but Iím glad I did.

    Thanks to Andy at Guitar King for great customer service. Highly recommended.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    really nice looking ..the color in the first pic looks great

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Happy NGD! I love a proper Special. Used to have a 1960 VOS Special - great guitar. Neck being smaller than the R9 suggests it is also a 1960-ish neck profile.

    The dry rosewood seems to be across the board. My new Standard also had a dry looking board. The store where I bought the guitar oiled it for me as part of the setup they did before handing it over to me (can you imagine that? customer service in 2019? Wow).

    Enjoy - P90's with a wraptail are my favorite design. See at the left

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Awesome find!

    Is that not a Custom Shop though?

    It looks just like one.

    Bet it plays like a dream.


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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Thanks guys.

    Will definitely oil the fret board.

    I really am happy with the sound, very different to my other LP. It's hard to describe, it's light and clear.

    @Renderit, it's just a regular USA line model. Very happy with the build quality and finish.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Awesome, congrats on the guitar!!!

    I am picking up my new Junior tomorrow and yes it did seem like the board was a little dry yesterday when I was playing it.

    Not sure if the Jr and the Special are supposed to have the same profile but I thought the neck was very fat 50's-ish.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Wattage View Post
    Awesome, congrats on the guitar!!!

    I am picking up my new Junior tomorrow and yes it did seem like the board was a little dry yesterday when I was playing it.

    Not sure if the Jr and the Special are supposed to have the same profile but I thought the neck was very fat 50's-ish.

    You are correct, it's a 50's neck. I was making the comparison than the LP Special neck is definitely not as fat as my 2016 R9.

    Good luck with the Junior!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Thatís a great looking guitar! Congratulations and happy NGD!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congrats! I played one of these recently in my local shop and really want to pull the trigger on one. I'm just wary of the wrap around bridge with respect to intonation (I'm a real newbie when it comes to wrap arounds - know nothing!). How does it intonate without any adjustment possible? Is it really that accurate? Man it played nice - LOVE the fat 50's style neck!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congrats on the new LP...!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congrats! Always loved that TVY color, wish they'd make that on a Standard/Custom besides the Special/Melody etc.
    Old WOOD Is Good WOOD !!!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Really thinking hard about getting one of these...

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by bobalu View Post
    Congrats! I played one of these recently in my local shop and really want to pull the trigger on one. I'm just wary of the wrap around bridge with respect to intonation (I'm a real newbie when it comes to wrap arounds - know nothing!). How does it intonate without any adjustment possible? Is it really that accurate? Man it played nice - LOVE the fat 50's style neck!
    It does have overall string length adjustment by the two set screws, but you have to "fudge" a little to get plain G strings intonated by setting the bridge/TP to a position where the G and adjacent strings are pretty close to correct intonation. There are aftermarket replacement wrap bridges that look the same but have intonation for a plain G string built in to the top of the bridge, if you want intonation perfect you would want to get one of those. However, players have been able to make the vintage type work fine for years.
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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    I really like your new guitar enjoy!! P90's are IMO as good as it can get!!
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    The myth :The most disturbing thing about buying a fake Les Paul is how my research after the purchase is received by Forum members ??? 2020

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

    The Myth: If I would have lived with MOM & mooched till I was 48 I would play like Clapton !
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    won't you ...... Please !

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congrats on the new Special. I picked up one of those about a week ago myself. Really love wraptail TV Yellow Specials. Although it would have been sweet if Gibson offered these in TV White too.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Thanks for the replies.

    I am really happy with the guitar. The difference between this 2019 Les Paul and my previous 2015 LP Trad is incredible from quality of the finish, sound and overall playability.

    The guitar is so much closer to my 2016 R9 and I really wasnít expecting this.

    I would 100% recommend anyone interested in buying one to go ahead. No complaints at all from me.

    The intonation and tuning stability are very very good.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Froggie View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    I am really happy with the guitar. The difference between this 2019 Les Paul and my previous 2015 LP Trad is incredible from quality of the finish, sound and overall playability.

    The guitar is so much closer to my 2016 R9 and I really wasnít expecting this.

    I would 100% recommend anyone interested in buying one to go ahead. No complaints at all from me.

    The intonation and tuning stability are very very good.
    Nice!!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Just pulled the trigger on one of these! Saturday is delivery. 7.6lb. My first new Gibson in 12yrs.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congratulations! I still love my one. Hope you enjoy yours as much

    My guitar stays in tune great and I find the neck really comfortable.

    No sure what the weight is, must check it out.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Waiting for FedEx

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    Very Nice.....I have one on the way as well

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    I got one of these mid-December as an early Christmas gift to myself. I am very impressed by the fit and finish and build quality on mine. Nice chunky neck, beautiful see through TV finish with very nice visible grain. The fret board is unique looking and very finely finished, smoother than any Gibson I have had before. All it required from me was ever so slight dialing in of the action for personal preference. I like current standard Gibson P-90's and these are no different; great tones and dynamics, they go from super sweet to absolutely screaming.

    Congrats OP and others.

    Mine is a keeper.

    Got a great deal from The Music Zoo, too. Excellent experience for me!








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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    I have one of these, 7.4 lbs, a lovely fat neck and wider fretboard than my other Gibsons. Just one problem however. The hardcase.
    Does anyone else have an ill-fitting hardcase? The lid really needs pulling down with the clasps, it doesn't sit flush when it drops. None of my other Gibson cases are like this. It's like the slightly smaller case is a bit too small?

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by sunking101 View Post
    I have one of these, 7.4 lbs, a lovely fat neck and wider fretboard than my other Gibsons. Just one problem however. The hardcase.
    Does anyone else have an ill-fitting hardcase? The lid really needs pulling down with the clasps, it doesn't sit flush when it drops. None of my other Gibson cases are like this. It's like the slightly smaller case is a bit too small?

    The only thing I have noticed with my case is that the logo appears to be spray painted on with a stencil, like something I would have cut out of notebook paper in high school. Quaint. I like it, but it got my attention.


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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    That's mouthwatering guitar. I just sold my 1991 Special - great sounding guitar but I did not bond with a skinny neck. So today I ordered this 2019 model!
    It's all in the wrist.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Sombrero top View Post
    That's mouthwatering guitar. I just sold my 1991 Special - great sounding guitar but I did not bond with a skinny neck. So today I ordered this 2019 model!


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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Congratulations! Those guitars are awesome & there is something so cool about that color..

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Looks like a killer! To be honest, there's not much visible difference to my CS Special. In fact, the fretboard on yours is darker than mine, and I know most prefer that. I guess the neck is slimmer on yours, though. The neck profile on mine is pretty much identical to my R8, so quite chunky. Congratulations on a nice score!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Keefoman View Post
    Looks like a killer! To be honest, there's not much visible difference to my CS Special. In fact, the fretboard on yours is darker than mine, and I know most prefer that. I guess the neck is slimmer on yours, though. The neck profile on mine is pretty much identical to my R8, so quite chunky. Congratulations on a nice score!


    I would call it an honest 50's neck. Not huge, but not the previous medium half round 50's necks on the USA models, either. I have an SG Classic and a pair of CS Firebirds that have chunky '64 style necks, and it is a little bit bigger than those. It blurs the lines pretty good between previous USA models and CS/Historic models, imho.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    How are the frets on these and the new juniors? I felt the Custom Shop junior frets were too small.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    How are the frets on these and the new juniors? I felt the Custom Shop junior frets were too small.
    I think these are vintage sized frets. I have a few guitars with this size fret, so it doesn't bother me, but my Firebirds and SG Classic have bigger frets. I have also had "fretless wonder" guitars that I couldn't get along with and these are much more playable than that.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    How are the frets on these and the new juniors? I felt the Custom Shop junior frets were too small.
    Medium jumbo according to Gibson but they feel like vintage. Lovely to play but my worry is that there is no material to work with for fret dressing down the line.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Arrived today - and she's gorgeous. Almost flawless, nice darkish fretboard was bit dry, put some oil. Nice weight 8.37 lbs (3.8 kg). There's some upper fret buzz, I guess frets should be polished in the future. Here's some58_1.jpg pics.58_2.jpg
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    It's all in the wrist.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Sombrero top View Post
    Arrived today - and she's gorgeous. Almost flawless, nice darkish fretboard was bit dry, put some oil. Nice weight 8.37 lbs (3.8 kg). There's some upper fret buzz, I guess frets should be polished in the future. Here's some58_1.jpg pics.58_2.jpg


    Awesome! Congrats!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Here's a clip with Special: neck pickup > middle > bridge > neck:

    http://www.saunalahti.fi/mavartia/LP_Special.mp3
    It's all in the wrist.

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by Sombrero top View Post
    Here's a clip with Special: neck pickup > middle > bridge > neck:

    http://www.saunalahti.fi/mavartia/LP_Special.mp3
    Nice playing with a wonderful sound!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Sounds great, looks great! (Great playing as well.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keefoman View Post
    Nice playing with a wonderful sound!
    What he said...congrats & thanks for posting!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Can you all stop posting these amazing pictures - I already have three Les Pauls, need a black Custom and now I have to add one of these to the list. My wife is going to kill me.

    Great playing and sounds Sombrero Top. You've made me want one even more!

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    Re: NGD - Gibson Les Paul Special 2019 - TV Yellow

    Quote Originally Posted by metropolis View Post
    Can you all stop posting these amazing pictures - I already have three Les Pauls, need a black Custom and now I have to add one of these to the list. My wife is going to kill me.

    Great playing and sounds Sombrero Top. You've made me want one even more!
    Thanks guys! Here's another clip, if it helps you make a decision:

    http://www.saunalahti.fi/mavartia/Honky_Tonk_P90.mp3
    It's all in the wrist.

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