- Apr 26, 2016
I did not have any idea the numbers are so low , what years was the production ?
Anecdotally, I've played quite a few recent RI's and I found that the straighter the grain on the back of the guitar the better the sound (I listen for a loud, balanced sound from low to high and "woody" tone both unplugged and plugged in). My theory is that for vibration to travel through wood efficiently a straight grain/path is better than a swirly grain/path. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.Statistically speaking, I’m curious just how consistently this is true.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling anyone a liar, I’m just pointing to the fact that not every tree is gonna sound the same, nor is every cut going to be taken from a sonically flattering angle.
E.g. just look at the grain lines on the backs of some examples for the last few years. Sometimes they’re wild swirly patterns that look like the vector map of winds around a hurricane, other times directionally uniform small flecks like the back of a short-haired dog. Good or bad, they’re clearly not identical.
If you have the time to drive around and listen to every one you can (and assuming said radius is in a market where there are plenty available), it’s just a matter of time before you’ll find one of those lightning-in-a-bottle examples that’d make the broader, “which is generally better, TH vs brand new” question a tad irrelevant.
Looking at a broad comparison like “TH vs recent” just looks like a gambling strategy for buying sight unseen. Which to that I’d say: don’t gamble.
More generally on the topic of shopping for a nice sounding Les Paul, I’d suggest just focusing on wood, b/c you can swap bridges, you can swap pickups, but you can’t make a short neck tenon long, and you can’t make a thumper a singer.
I heard a very quilted top can dull resonance too.. as the sound is disrupted by the waviness.
Also a quilted neck is very prone to breakage.
I agree as the layman would just hear the tone of the guitar via their amp.. but in a micro technical aspect sound moves in waves.. and much like soundproofing, if the waves are interrupted by an uneven surface, they stop waving ..one would be hard pressed
This my friend is the conundrum.. as I know for a fact that all the newer models are the best Gibson has produced in decades. Hence buying the SG and LP Standard this year.. everyone who’s worth their salt are saying the same thing.. to the point where a 22/23 VOS is as good if not better than a TH.. and I’ve been looking at the VOS’s from a few years back too..I would never rule out something post-TH
Actually, there are other Guitars of lesser value, but at the same if not better construction ..and now with the new ownership and laser scanned models..
Yes cost not value… and I’ve witnessed a mark up in the last two weeks in the UK by an average of £1k - £2k from no both stores and sellers..I would state: perhaps, just perhaps, lesser cost (not value).
And, are you seeing TH "markup" over a comparable used 2016-202x VOS model (excluding Murphy)...?
I don't see enough to know it that's a thing; I wouldn't think it should prove out.