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Replace 2013 Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute with a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded?

Gas4LPs

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I have a Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute. It is nice guitar with Corian nut, Grover tuners, Custom Shop Burstbucker 1 & 2 pickups, 60's profile neck, mahogany body and neck (strategic weight relief), and a rosewood fingerboard. It is a little heavy at 8.75 lbs (8 pounds 14 ounces).

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I had a 2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded a while back. I liked the guitar but thought the finish would not hold up. I sold it and a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom to buy a G0 which is a great guitar.

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A used Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded came up for sale recently. I was tempted to buy it was a bit beat up and expensive. The seller wanted 1350 euro for it.

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After I passed on the used Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded I found a online Gibson dealer was selling a reissue of the Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded. It has similar specs to the original: mahogany body and neck (modern weight relief), maple top, 50's neck profile, and Burstbucker Pro pickups. These weigh in around 8.15 pounds. The finish on the reissues is not hand-done like my 2009 Faded but the Honeyburst finish looks really nice.

Am I crazy to sell my 2013 Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute for a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded?


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DanD

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I've seen Modern Weight Relief (MWR) LPs weigh in the high 9s. Without an actual weight on the LP you are looking at I'd pass on it if weight is an issue.

My '13 Standard with MWR weighs in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. It's among the lighter of MWR LPs I've seen weights on. The weight of most MWR LPs fall in the same range as the one you already have. Anything under 9 is really pretty decent on a LP. If you're looking for closer to 8 pounds you'll probably want to confirm the weight prior to purchase.

That said, if you're looking for the extra bling of the Standard and a larger neck grip then go for it. If not then I wouldn't bother. I personally prefer the binding and like the Standard better. If'n it were my money I'd be checking out used Standards with flame tops and gloss finish.

MWR runs from '12-'16. '12-'15 have long tenon necks, '12s have two piece fret boards, '14s have the '120' inlay at the 12th fret, '15s have wider necks, '16s have a short tenon.

I settled on a '13.
 
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Zentar

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I've seen Modern Weight Relief (MWR) LPs weigh in the high 9s. Without an actual weight on the LP you are looking at I'd pass on it if weight is an issue.

My '13 Standard with MWR weighs in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. It's among the lighter of MWR LPs I've seen weights on. The weight of most MWR LPs fall in the same range as the one you already have. Anything under 9 is really pretty decent on a LP. If you're looking for closer to 8 pounds you'll probably want to confirm the weight prior to purcha

Agreed. YOU can get the LP with MWR and still have a pretty heavy LP.
 

Gas4LPs

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Id never trade a guitar I enjoyed playing if it played well.

The 60'S tribute plays well and the Burstbuckers 1&2 in it are really good ones. Problem is if I get a new LP one has to go and this one would unfortunately be it.
 

Gas4LPs

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I've seen Modern Weight Relief (MWR) LPs weigh in the high 9s. Without an actual weight on the LP you are looking at I'd pass on it if weight is an issue.

My '13 Standard with MWR weighs in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. It's among the lighter of MWR LPs I've seen weights on. The weight of most MWR LPs fall in the same range as the one you already have. Anything under 9 is really pretty decent on a LP. If you're looking for closer to 8 pounds you'll probably want to confirm the weight prior to purchase.

That said, if you're looking for the extra bling of the Standard and a larger neck grip then go for it. If not then I wouldn't bother. I personally prefer the binding and like the Standard better. If'n it were my money I'd be checking out used Standards with flame tops and gloss finish.

MWR runs from '12-'16. '12-'15 have long tenon necks, '12s have two piece fret boards, '14s have the '120' inlay at the 12th fret, '15s have wider necks, '16s have a short tenon.

I settled on a '13.

I found a site selling the Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded which lists their weights. The range is 7lbs 15oz, 8lbs 7oz, 8lbs 4oz, 8lbs 13oz, 8lbs 13oz, 8lbs 12oz, 9lbs 8oz, and 9lbs 9oz. So, a light one would be 7lbs 15oz and a heavy one would be 9lbs 9oz. I am interested in a used Standard with a flame top and gloss finish but I don't know where to fine a good one.
 

Gas4LPs

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AMS and zzSounds say the Standard Faded comes with 57 classics. Thomann.de says it comes with BurstBucker Pros. This week I pulled the trigger on a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded from Thomann.de. It is a nice weight at around 8.0 lbs. However, I was not crazy about the top so I sent it back. I managed to get a good price for my Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute so no turning back.

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lous1952

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Neither one has a one piece back, MWR or no.
Why change from one multi piece back guitar for another one?
The weights on both guitars are all over the place.
I put up a recent thread about my modified LP '60s Tribute.
After putting in an aluminum tailpiece, ABR bridge, and coverless pickups the weight on mine is 8 pounds 6 ounces, which shaved a few ounces from the initial weight.
My modified '60s Tribute sounds as good as any modern LP.
I can't see the Standard Faded as a real upgrade.
Better looking maybe, but nothing better operationally.
 

Big Al

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The new Standard Faded is not the same. I believe the faded refers to the color intensity? It isn't that same Crayola Crayon finish and is a proper lacquer with a satin finish, I believe. I would guess that the Standard would be a better choice as it is an upgrade and has the Standard appointments. Multi piece bodies are not an issue for me as they function as a single piece and most look like the grain match is right on. It makes these a pretty good deal for a NEW LP.

As some have said, and I would agree, if you buy USED you can score a great LP for similar cash.
 
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