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bverse98

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Jun 20, 2022
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Hello. I've lurked here for awhile, mostly for the purpose of learning about which models to focus my search for a Les Paul on. I'm a large Beatles nut, so I come from mainly Rickenbacker. However, I got a new job that allowed me to go out and source some stuff for their later sound, so this is the final piece after a nice MIJ Ca$1n0 and a Strat for Rocky. Maybe some day I'll be able to snag a nice rosewood tele too. That being said, the market for LPs was super foreign to me. This place was an immense help. I finally ended that search with a 2017 Les Paul Traditional T in cherry sunburst. I've got it set up and have played it enough to know it's a keeper. I was heavily drawn to the 'old fashioned standard' inspired specs of this model. Coming from Rickenbacker, potentially uncomfortable stuff doesn't matter at all to me. And this example has a solid top for being AA flamed maple. Here it is:
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Thanks again to this forum for being such an invaluable source on Les Paul and other Gibson related information. Also, thoughts on leaving the pickguard off? I was planning to add it, but I kinda like the look without one. I added a poker chip already.
 

jb_abides

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Apr 6, 2005
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Congrats, enjoy in good health. Nice dark board, too.

Looks are subjective, however: this one could easily go 'pickguard off' but I think it would look good with one on.

Also, maybe change TRC to a blank to complete the "old fashioned Standard" look you cited.
 

Tollywood

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Mar 16, 2022
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My rule of thumb is poker chip and pickguard go together, and no poker chip if there is no pickguard.

I thought I preferred no pickguard, but I like resting my pinky on the pickguard so now that is my preference. Without a pickguard my pinky sort of grabs the edge of the pickup ring.
 

bverse98

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Jun 20, 2022
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You guys are right, the pickguard kinda matches with the poker chip. And with the comfort of it all. I think I'll try and install it over the weekend.
 

El Gringo

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Apr 8, 2015
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Hello. I've lurked here for awhile, mostly for the purpose of learning about which models to focus my search for a Les Paul on. I'm a large Beatles nut, so I come from mainly Rickenbacker. However, I got a new job that allowed me to go out and source some stuff for their later sound, so this is the final piece after a nice MIJ Ca$1n0 and a Strat for Rocky. Maybe some day I'll be able to snag a nice rosewood tele too. That being said, the market for LPs was super foreign to me. This place was an immense help. I finally ended that search with a 2017 Les Paul Traditional T in cherry sunburst. I've got it set up and have played it enough to know it's a keeper. I was heavily drawn to the 'old fashioned standard' inspired specs of this model. Coming from Rickenbacker, potentially uncomfortable stuff doesn't matter at all to me. And this example has a solid top for being AA flamed maple. Here it is:
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Thanks again to this forum for being such an invaluable source on Les Paul and other Gibson related information. Also, thoughts on leaving the pickguard off? I was planning to add it, but I kinda like the look without one. I added a poker chip already.
First off welcome to the party/show ! Mega congrats on a super fine beauty of a Les Paul ! As she is super fine and I love her color and figure . The Trad model is a most fine Les Paul . Rock out and enjoy and Play her in Great Health !
 

jrgtr42

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I know i'm late to the party, but I'm partial to flametop / burst finish LPs with no pickguard, but solid finish, like ebony or gold, with them on.
Like to hear from the OP and see which way he went.
 
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