The Gibson Les Paul
The Gibson Les Paul is without a doubt one of the greatest guitars built. There has never been an instrument like it and I highly doubt that there ever will be. This icon of modern music has made its mark in history and it will never be replaced. If you really want to experience playing the ultimate guitar, then you should get your hand on the Gibson Les Paul.
This brilliant guitar was a pioneering force in music back in its inception back in 1952. The Gibson Les Paul was the first electric guitar made by this company that boasted a solid body. Once this instrument’s sounds hit the airwaves, music was changed forever.
Some argue that the Gibson Les Paul guitar has had such a profound impact on the rock and roll scene that its sounds are still resonating in popular music of today. There is definitely a difference in the tones that emit out of the Les Paul than out of other instruments.The tones that this instrument emits are thick and deep. The Gibson Les Paul has a throaty voice that carries an emotive force that you can actually feel. There is nothing that compares to listening to a talented musician work with a Gibson Les Paul. Other guitars just don’t match the sound.
Take your typical Fender Stratocaster. This guitar is wonderful and it offers great sounds for rock and roll music but there is a high, almost plucky undertone to the notes. That is, compared to the rich, deep tones that emit from the Gibson. There are certain songs that just don’t sound right when played on a Fender Stratocaster.It makes you wonder where the difference lies, the Stratocaster is a solid body guitar, as is the Gibson but the tones are completely different. Anyone who has an ear can hear the disparity. I guess that you could even say that the Gibson is a little more masculine in tone.
Consider the Blues. You can play many blues songs on any number of different guitars. However, you are not going to get the emotive force that comes from the Gibson Les Paul in another instrument. The heavy, bold sounds that emit from this guitar are beyond compare. Considering that Blues is the foundation for rock and roll, there is no better choice to play either than on the Gibson Les Paul.
Tips on buying a used guitar (and it doesn’t need to be a Gibson!)
Though some think its better to buy guitars that are new, most want to have used. Some people simply cannot afford to buy new ones, or they have an older model in mind that they have used before and has the sound that they want. All brands of guitar have subtle differences in sound and how they play, and each guitarist that plays for any amount of time has his or her preferences. When searching for used models when buying electric guitars, there are a few things to check on before you make your purchase.
The overall quality of the item is important when you are buying guitars used. You can find these through some stores or through individual sellers, but the same rules apply when you are choosing what you want to buy. For one, you should look at the state of the paint. Though some like the worn look, you may not. That one is obvious. However, you should also study the neck when you are buying electric guitars this way. The neck has to be straight. If warped, you may get it fixed, but you should ideally buy one that is in the shape it needs to be as it is.
You also have to see how the strings lay against the frets when buying guitars. This is commonly called the action of the guitar. The strings will be a certain height from the frets and that can differ with each type of guitar out there. You should know what works for you and what does not. Some like the strings to lay very close to the frets for easy action and play, and others want to buy electric guitars that have higher action as that might better fit their playing style. Be sure what you have before buying.
You should also find out about the pick-ups when buying guitars used. When you are buying for someone else, this is something you may not know about on your own. Pick-ups are what carry the sound of the strings out of the guitar and to the amp. Each type has their own sound, and what you want depends on the type of music that the person prefers to play. These can be expensive to replace if they are not what you or someone else wants, so remember that when buying electric guitars. Ask questions so you know what you are getting, here at Happy Hockers we have experts in most types of guitar and are able to advise you, unbiased, about our large range of used guitars in stock, if you don’t see the guitar you’re looking for on our website, call us, we may have what your looking for in one of our shops!
When buying electric guitars used, remember that not everyone is as honest as you would hope. Though most dealers that have used guitars are going to charge you what something is worth, plus a small profit, some will try to sell something far beyond what it could ever be worth, even in perfect or new condition. Do the same research when buying electric guitars that you would do when you would buy anything else. That will save you from buying something for a thousand dollars that may only be worth a few hundred, if that.