Everything about this Gil Yaron Lemon Burst '59-style LP is just right - it's simply what you want a great Les Paul to be. The weight, the finish, the jet black fingerboard, the slinky feel, and the tones...it's all here and then some. As if that weren't enough, this guitar was given an incredible relic job by the folks at Historic Makeovers which makes it truly feel like an old guitar - pretty amazing.
Played acoustically it's loud, snappy, and really alive - very resonant and rewarding to play even without an amp. Plugged in, it sounds open, punchy, very articulate, and quite frankly, incredible. The dynamic range of this guitar is pretty astounding - players who appreciate nuance in a guitar will love what this '59 has to offer. It's not only the range the pickups themselves offer, it's how sensitive and responsive the guitar is that has our jaws on the floor.
We always reference the Allman's Live at the Fillmore as "the" record for humbucker tones. This guitar nails that sound. Sweet, singing, round neck position tones that never even think of sounding muddy. The bridge pickup has a killer, almost P90-like bite. LP heaven? This just might be it.
The playing feel has to be mentioned again. There's just no fighting this guitar - it's incredibly easy to play and has a fast, slick feel. Jumping up and down the fretboard is effortless and the neck carve feels like a cross between a '59 and '60 Les Paul. Which is to say, if you like slightly skinnier necks on a Les Paul, this is your guitar. It's not as fat as a '58 or '59, but still very comfortable and easy to play. For us, it was a highlight - it's just so easy to play on.
If you're in the market for a Les Paul to end all LP's, this might just be your guitar. Sure, you could spend 4-5x's as much on a vintage LP (if not more), while spending years finding "the one" - but you're not going to get more guitar for your money. This is truly as good as it gets.
Priced with hardshell case.
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