- Sep 12, 2014
There will be two exciting Adam Jones models launching this year...one soon and one much later. That's all I'll say!Hi Mat.
First of all possibly the greatest thread of all time, on any forum. Thank you so much for scratching my obsessive compulsive itch I can’t get enough!
I am the ultimate forum lurker but you have managed to draw me out of the shadows, a dubious honour but an honour nonetheless.
Anyway I would like to ask you 2 questions if I may.
The first is do you have any idea when we might see the epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul, can you give us any kind of info on it? That would be much appreciated.
Secondly I am just a little curious about the process and the pricing of a custom guitar. I own a 2018 LP custom in alpine white it’s a great guitar and I can feel there is a definite difference in the feel of it compared to my 2013 traditional, although that is still an excellent Les Paul. Now I have just ordered a 60th anniversary 1960 V1 LP, I’m obviously like a child at Christmas waiting for it to arrive but that’s par for the course. To get to the point I’m wondering what makes up the price difference between custom shop models. Is it just a question of finishing, man hours, wood selection and appointments? Is there such a thing as a lesser custom model? You have already said white is the hardest colour to finish a guitar with so why are they customs a fair chunk less than the reissues?
I’ve just always wondered if all custom shop guitars are born equal.
Thanks for reading and keep up the good work.
Great question regarding price point of a White Les Paul Custom compared to an average '59 LP Standard Reissue...the answer is yes, the material costs on the LP are much higher (true historic parts, highly figured wood, solid woods throughout, etc) but the binding and finishing time of an LPC takes longer than an LP Standard. In the end it's close to a wash, but a $6500 clone of a $450,000 1959 Les Paul Standard is a pretty compelling call to action...perhaps mores than a white LPC. And time in production is a sliding scale as well and typically accounted for in a blanket way...meaning that the material costs have more influence on pricing than the labor hours. Thanks for the q's!