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Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar  

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    A Les Paul with unparalleled upper-fret access, and chambered mahogany body.

    From the time of its release in 1998, the Gibson Les Paul DC Standard has satisfied the countless players who had long demanded a contemporary-styled, double-cutaway Les Paul that also retained the long tradition of Gibson's most legendary solid body electric guitar. The Les Paul Double Cutaway celebrates this popular model in a limited-edition guitar with special appointments. This limited run of Gibson Les Pauls is available in three finishes: ebony, bullion gold and classic white with a dark back and neck.

    The Les Paul Double Cutaway's body woods present a combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the two-piece maple top, and excellent depth and richness from a chambered mahogany body, all of which are elements that are found in the classic Gibson Les Paul Standard tone. This wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor, while also producing a classic look and a sturdy instrument. The chambering adds a further dimension, increasing the complexity of this Gibson guitar's tone, while also increasing its acoustic volume and sustain.

    The neck of the Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway is constructed from one solid piece of Grade-C mahogany, cut using the superior "quarter sawn" orientation for improved strength and resonance. This neck is carved to Gibson's slim-taper '60s profile, which offers a fast, comfortable playing feel. It is carefully angled at Gibson's traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. The Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of the headstock face with "Les Paul Model" silkscreened in gold along the center of the headstock.

    The Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway guitar sports 22 jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard that is adorned with acrylic trapezoidal inlays. The 12-inch radius or this fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes.

    The headstock of the Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway is fitted with vintage-style tuners with pearloid tulip buttons. These tuners provide a classic look in line with the model's lineage, and smooth, robust performance.

    The Les Paul Double Cutaway electric guitar is equipped with a Gibson Rhythm Pro humbucker in the neck position and a Lead Pro humbucker in the bridge position. These are classic-styled open-coil humbuckers, wound with a little more power than vintage-styled PAF humbuckers. They both have Alnico V bar magnets for a warm, rich tone that is still sharp and punchy, and are suitable for a wide range of musical styles, particularly rock and blues-rock. Both the bridge and neck pickup yield plenty of depth, warmth, and richness, and can dial in great clean tones when required, but will also push amps and effects a little harder when desired. The Rhythm Pro in the neck position is a bit warmer and fatter sounding, while the Lead Pro in the bridge position is hotter and punchier, with excellent harmonic saturation through a high-gain amp or pedal, and excellent sustain.

    A Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. A separate "stopbar" tailpiece, is designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body.

    Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway comes protected in black hardshell Gibson guitar case.


    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Model name: Gibson Les Paul Double-cutaway
    • Model number: LPDCJEBCH1
    • Body style: double cutaway solid body
    • Top wood: maple
    • Body wood: mahogany
    • Finish: lacquer
    • Colors: ebony, bullion gold and classic white with a dark back and neck
    • Binding: cream
    • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    • Headstock Inlay: mother of pearl of Gibson logo
    • Tuners: vintage-style with green key tulip buttons
    • Nut: Corian
    • Nut Width: 1.69"
    • Neck: mahogany
    • Neck profile: '60s slim taper
    • Neck joint: set
    • Fingerboard: rosewood
    • Fingerboard radius: 12"
    • Number of frets: 22
    • Fret type: Jumbo
    • Fingerboard inlays: trapezoid
    • Hardware plating: chrome
    • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
    • Tailpiece: stopbar
    • Neck Pickup: Gibson Rhythm Pro humbucker
    • Bridge Pickup: Gibson Lead Pro humbucker
    • Pickup selector: 3-way toggle switch
    • Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone
    • Case: black Gibson hardshell case

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    4.8

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    Pros

    • Good feel (5)
    • Good tone (5)
    • Fun to play (4)
    • Good pick up (4)
    • Solid electronics (3)

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        Les Paul DC Goldtop; got the big stuff right.....

        If you've ever wanted a Les Paul but were put off by their weight, get this guitar. If you're one of those freaks with a room full of high-end guitars you never play,...Read complete review

        If you've ever wanted a Les Paul but were put off by their weight, get this guitar. If you're one of those freaks with a room full of high-end guitars you never play, you should have one of these, too (it'll look better than most--if not all--of the rest of your collection). I've been playing this guitar through a 16w tweed tube head knocked down to 5w and it just sings; it's the tiniest bit 'spanky' with the tone open (due to the chambered body), but it's still know-it-when-you-hear-it Les Paul/PAF-tone. Through a hi-gain 3-channel 50w head w/ closed-back cab it's a rock-and-roll beast. Overall, I'm glad I have this guitar and you don't...so you really should go get your own. Before they're all gone. Did I mention how easy it is on your shoulder?
        I've been owning and using top-end Carvin guitars since 1983, so when I ordered my double-cutaway LP from MF I knew I was taking a chance (again) buyng an expensive instrument sight-unseen from a 'stranger' (Carvin builds them how I want, and ships just what you asked for; the only 'surprise' is the grain on your guitar's finish). I've only owned 2 Gibsons over the years, and never a carved-top (I had a flat-top LP 'The Paul'--like a Jr/MelodyMaker w/ satin matte over mahogany in 1981, and an SG '75th anniversary', also with satin finish some 10 years later). I didn't get to play either of those enough to come to love them--The 'Paul' got resold quickly; the SG had a great, twangy sound with the small humbuckers (like LP DeLuxe), but the headstock was too heavy and the otherwise light SG wouldn't stay put while playing...got rid of it. This double-cut LP is likely to last me a long time. My notes on its features (I'm giving it an 8) are as follows: by 'Gibson standards', this guitar--a 'special run' MF commissioned from Gibson for catalog customers--uses the lowest-priced appointments you'll find on a Gibson instrument: stamped 'tulip' tuners, one pair of vol/tone pots, plastic nut, mother-of-shower-curtain acrylic fingerboard inlays, no pickguard, chrome hardware. I'm sure the 'low' price (for a new Gibson) is largely due to these lesser-priced parts. The guitar's 'best features', to me, are:

        *Chambered body---this guitar's significantly lighter than solid-body LPs; actually as light as a Strat! Still sounds like a dead ringer for the 10lb anchor other Les Pauls are....

        *Pickup-selector switch is in the spot you can reach w/o stopping picking(!) since the double-cut precluded them from putting it in a separate cavity on the wrong side of the guitar (like most LPs).

        *The single vol/tone pots are just fine (unless pushing a distortion pedal just leave them both on '10'; it's absolutely idealized PAF-tone). I expect I'll put push/pull pots in for single coil/humbucker choice in both pickups, but I don't think this guitar needs separate pickup vol/tone knobs.

        *Chrome p/u covers and hardware---to me, these look stupid on a 'gold-top' (since they put gold-plated parts on black LPs as often as chrome...); just keeping the price down....

        *You won't have any better access to your last couple of frets across the strings than any other LP (despite what you might've hoped), but the double cutaway provides a decidedly voluptious look....I can plink F# off the board by the neck pickup, BTW.
        Here's where the few 'issues' I have with this guitar come up. My guitar arrived with a 'Quality Control Inspection' checklist, and everything was checked off as inspected and passed. However, BOTH of this guitar's knobs (the gold-colored plastic 'pork-pie hat' knobs) were cracked when it arrived, and 'vol' split in two and fell off when first touched. The 3-way pickup selector switch fails to activate the bridge pickup about 50% of the time I switch to it. My guitar was (apparantly) soldered with 'Made in USA' quality and pride....oops; I'll fix it myself---while I'm replacing the broken plastic knobs with useful knurled metal ones. I'm afraid to return (exchange) this guitar over the knobs and partly-working selector, though; I'm sure I won't get this one back fixed. I'll be shipped another one with what could be LOTS worse problems (at least the one I got has excellent woodwork, neck feel, frets are well-dressed). I'm bothered that someone looked at this guitar's visibly-cracked knobs and checked the 'passed' box (Michigan's other big manufacturing industry--autos--got hammered for this type of approach recently!) even if the loosely-soldered 3-way switch escaped inspection (since it works intermittently). Gibson sells their instruments in a premium price range largely because of the buying public's perceptions about "1st quality workmanship" and so on; I did expect proper attention be paid to 'the little things' as well as the big, for a (more or less) $1500 Gibson guitar. The 'big things' are outstanding: it sounds, plays, and looks (except for the chrome) GREAT. You'll probably want to adjust your action a bit; mine's needed no truss-rod twist and came intonated properly, but the strings are a little high at the moment and it came with .010--.046 anyway. I'll set it up when I put on .009--.042s. The trapezoidal inlays are plastic but they do go with the look (as do the retro-type tuners). I decided that this coolest-looking and lightest Les Paul was dirt-cheap for "new Gibson" prices; cheap enough that I can add the price of what it 'needs' (push/pull pots, speed knobs, gold hardware/pickup covers, metal or graphite nut, and probably a set of Wilkinson quick-lock tuners) and still have paid less for it all than I might've for any generic off-the-rack Les Paul---which I wouldn't have bought!
        It has what you like about Les Pauls (feel, sound), but it looks better, and it both weighs and costs HALF of what the rest of them do. It came with a first-quality hardshell case....

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        Overall a great guitar if you want simplicity, quality and a Les Paul that won't break your back (or the bank).
        Two knobs and a switch simple. Lighter than a standard...Read complete review

        Overall a great guitar if you want simplicity, quality and a Les Paul that won't break your back (or the bank).
        Two knobs and a switch simple. Lighter than a standard less paul, though not significantly so.
        Generally very good. Finish not rubbed out at the back of the neck heel/body joint, but that's expected in a Gibson these days. Gold Top is flawless. I think they tinted the back and neck too dark, but that's personal preference.
        As Gibsons go, the price is right.

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        5.0

        I love it

        By Chavez

        from Springfield, Missouri

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

            I think these are all gone now but ...

            This mid-range Gibson is perfect for me. I've had a variety of electric guitars over the years, less expensive imports that sounded great with the right amp. This one sounds great unplugged! That Gibson tone is a product of the design, the quality and construction of the wooden components, while the amplified sound depends on the electronic components faithfully picking up the tone and doing something with it. The electronics make this a mid-range Gibson, fine for me but if you want to upgrade the pickups that's simple. What you can't change easily is the control layout, one tone and one volume with a lead/rhythm toggle. The fingerboard inlays are kinda cheap-looking but the neck and fingerboard are bound, including the fret ends. The headstock is very plain, no binding, mop "Gibson" inlay and screen-print "Les Paul Model." The body (chambered, versus weight-relieved) has a carved maple top, which is what makes this a Les Paul in my opinion. Slab LPJs have the shape but not the tone. All things considered, I got what I wanted at a price I could afford with this special-run Gibson. Thank you Musicians' Friend!

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            5.0

            A great guitar at a great price

            By BC 123

            from NY NY

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Required Setup No Prob

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              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

              Bought this while it was on sale, a great price. I am a longtime musician and I am a small guy. This gtr fits me perfectly. The sound is quite good...a little shrill at times...but easy to EQ. The setup was weak when it arrived, so I intonated, set the truss rod, adjusted PUPs, and string height and installed new strings. Also installed strap locks and locking Gotoh Kluson type tuners....Played this out last week and found it just delightful!! A real eye catcher and has a nice sound..cuts through...takes FX well...all in all I like it very much.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the one

              By marley cr3w

              from Ottawa, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Epicness
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                  If you are considering buying this guitar just do it... I did. Now I owe VISA some money but I've never been happier! It is versatile/authentic Les Paul. Absolutely roars in drop D too. the binding is also really classy. Neck feels great. some guitars just inspire you.. well this is it.

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                  4.0

                  Nice guitar but needs some work

                  By Ron Poole

                  from Bridgeport West Virginia

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound
                    • Uneven Neck

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                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                      This is a nice guitar - it has a lot of punch - and the weight is really nice - I enjoy playing it. However, the frets were uneven and the string settings were not correct. I had to take it to a person who builds and repairs guitars to have the frets reshaped, rounded, and leveled on the finger board. (they are squared presently) And I am most likely going to put some '57' humbuckers on it as the pro series is too pitchy - you really notice it when effects are employed. All in all it is a nice guitar but for the serious player it will likely need some tweaking which will cost you more. Also I am not sure where the MSRP came from - seems over rated from that standpoint.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Incredible!!

                      By AlienRocker

                      from Roswell, NM.

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Swich access

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                      Let's just start by saying that I have owned and played on a variety of Les Paul SC guitars. Everything from EPI's to Gibby Standards, Studios and Taditionals. All great instruments but never really fit me very well. I wanted a goldtop and I wanted a slim 60's neck and walla! I found it. This guitar being chambered is not your typical "boat anchor" and the upper fret access is a joy. The Probucker PUPs are hot as ever but clean up real nice. Sometimes I miss the extra controls but have adapted easily. The switch is a little different to get to in a hurry but not a deal breaker. I had decided a while back that i'm a strat guy but this guitar has given me a whole new appreciation for Gibson. Some like to compair this to an SG or PRS, not even close, it's a Les Paul!!

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AAA Amazing guitar

                      By vj

                      from wyoming

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Its a les paul standard
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                        This is a great guitar. I love the double cut away cuz its different enough to be yourself but still a les Paul plus you can finally play the higher frets with an ease! Love the 60 neck! Its light too so when playing long shows it doesn't kill your shoulder. And as a singer and player the 2 knobs is way simpler. Esp for stage! Just love the guitar and I was looking forever for the right one! This was the best choose by far!

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                        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Hello goldtop!

                        By telemaster-GZyqo

                        from New York

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                        Overall this is an excellent guitar. Right out of the box played great, the action was a little high for my taste, but that will be taken care of. Mine is a gold top and it looks just awesome. If youre looking for great thick/full sound and sustain this is the guitar to get. Save your pennies and buy this guitar, its not often that you get a great deal for a high quality piece of gear.
                        Great piece of American made equipment. Who needs 4 knobs when you can have 2?!
                        Simplicity sometimes works better. The neck is just the perfect size (60's), perfect balance as well. The double-cuaway will allow you to easily access notes that were before a pain before. Perfect combo of colors (goldtop, dark brown back/neck).
                        Great action and sweet sustain. From playing epiphones, fenders, fernandes guitars this one is definately a keeper. Sustain, neck action and pick-ups are all great. Great for rocky blues, but will handle any style with ease, but this baby can handle any style with ease.
                        Dont think twice and get it. Its an unheard of price for an American made Gibson model and it's wirth every penny.

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                        (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Guitar is far out and totally tubular

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                        This guitar could not be further out there. It is so far out it is not easy to describe except to say that it is totally tubular and , like wow, i feel so out there.
                        I got the gold top which is beautiful and renids me of the color of my old surf woody back in 1966.
                        One volume control and one tone control makes it very easy to play even when tired after surfing all day. The neck is very smooth and sleek makes it easy to play the classics like "Wipeout" and "Pipeline". The sound is simmilar to the great Dick Dale's tone.
                        Totally tubular and out there! Surfs up with this guitar!
                        Pricey but as everyone knows, sometimes you have to pay alot to travel to find the best waves. Nothing compares to a Gibson except getting locked in a wave at Banzai Pipeline.

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                        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Les Paul DC Goldtop

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                        I am very glad I finaly bought one of the Les Paul Double Cuts, no regreats at all. I actually want to but anouther one for alternate tunnings now. This has become my go to Guitar now.
                        The most notable feature that this Guitar has verses a regular Les Paul is the double cutaway itself. And the fact that the Guitar weighs just a little less and is very well balanced. I have to admit that the Guitar has probably ruined me, as it is all I want to play now. The Guitar hangs very well off your shoulder because the strap attaches to the top horn and not the back of the Guitar like an SG. So you do not have to hold or help support the neck like on a SG. The Double Cutaway gives you great fret access, yet the Guitar still retains that old Les Paul sound. I had always been intrigued by this Guitar and had kind of passed them over when they have become available. Now I see that in time this Guitar probably will become Gibson's new go to Les Paul, as it truly is the best of both worlds.
                        Well all in all my Guitar is a keeper, plain and simple. I buy them to play and if the neck is good and she plays well that is about 95% of the equation. But that being said mine did arive with a cracked tone control knob. Yes the plastic Gold Hat tone control had a crack in it thru and thru. Also there was a dark brown color like spot about the size of a very sharp pencil point on my gold top. It looked as if the Gold had separated or something like that, as they were finishing the Guitar. The spot is so very very small and you have to be holding it up close and studying the Guitar to even see it. But I thought I would mention it just the same. For me it is no big deal, especially for what I paid for this Guitar. And like I said I buy them to play them.
                        For the money, it has been one of my best Gibson Guitar purchases in a while.

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                        (17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Les Paul DC Goldtop; got the big stuff right.....

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                        If you've ever wanted a Les Paul but were put off by their weight, get this guitar. If you're one of those freaks with a room full of high-end guitars you never play, you should have one of these, too (it'll look better than most--if not all--of the rest of your collection). I've been playing this guitar through a 16w tweed tube head knocked down to 5w and it just sings; it's the tiniest bit 'spanky' with the tone open (due to the chambered body), but it's still know-it-when-you-hear-it Les Paul/PAF-tone. Through a hi-gain 3-channel 50w head w/ closed-back cab it's a rock-and-roll beast. Overall, I'm glad I have this guitar and you don't...so you really should go get your own. Before they're all gone. Did I mention how easy it is on your shoulder?
                        I've been owning and using top-end Carvin guitars since 1983, so when I ordered my double-cutaway LP from MF I knew I was taking a chance (again) buyng an expensive instrument sight-unseen from a 'stranger' (Carvin builds them how I want, and ships just what you asked for; the only 'surprise' is the grain on your guitar's finish). I've only owned 2 Gibsons over the years, and never a carved-top (I had a flat-top LP 'The Paul'--like a Jr/MelodyMaker w/ satin matte over mahogany in 1981, and an SG '75th anniversary', also with satin finish some 10 years later). I didn't get to play either of those enough to come to love them--The 'Paul' got resold quickly; the SG had a great, twangy sound with the small humbuckers (like LP DeLuxe), but the headstock was too heavy and the otherwise light SG wouldn't stay put while playing...got rid of it. This double-cut LP is likely to last me a long time. My notes on its features (I'm giving it an 8) are as follows: by 'Gibson standards', this guitar--a 'special run' MF commissioned from Gibson for catalog customers--uses the lowest-priced appointments you'll find on a Gibson instrument: stamped 'tulip' tuners, one pair of vol/tone pots, plastic nut, mother-of-shower-curtain acrylic fingerboard inlays, no pickguard, chrome hardware. I'm sure the 'low' price (for a new Gibson) is largely due to these lesser-priced parts. The guitar's 'best features', to me, are:

                        *Chambered body---this guitar's significantly lighter than solid-body LPs; actually as light as a Strat! Still sounds like a dead ringer for the 10lb anchor other Les Pauls are....

                        *Pickup-selector switch is in the spot you can reach w/o stopping picking(!) since the double-cut precluded them from putting it in a separate cavity on the wrong side of the guitar (like most LPs).

                        *The single vol/tone pots are just fine (unless pushing a distortion pedal just leave them both on '10'; it's absolutely idealized PAF-tone). I expect I'll put push/pull pots in for single coil/humbucker choice in both pickups, but I don't think this guitar needs separate pickup vol/tone knobs.

                        *Chrome p/u covers and hardware---to me, these look stupid on a 'gold-top' (since they put gold-plated parts on black LPs as often as chrome...); just keeping the price down....

                        *You won't have any better access to your last couple of frets across the strings than any other LP (despite what you might've hoped), but the double cutaway provides a decidedly voluptious look....I can plink F# off the board by the neck pickup, BTW.
                        Here's where the few 'issues' I have with this guitar come up. My guitar arrived with a 'Quality Control Inspection' checklist, and everything was checked off as inspected and passed. However, BOTH of this guitar's knobs (the gold-colored plastic 'pork-pie hat' knobs) were cracked when it arrived, and 'vol' split in two and fell off when first touched. The 3-way pickup selector switch fails to activate the bridge pickup about 50% of the time I switch to it. My guitar was (apparantly) soldered with 'Made in USA' quality and pride....oops; I'll fix it myself---while I'm replacing the broken plastic knobs with useful knurled metal ones. I'm afraid to return (exchange) this guitar over the knobs and partly-working selector, though; I'm sure I won't get this one back fixed. I'll be shipped another one with what could be LOTS worse problems (at least the one I got has excellent woodwork, neck feel, frets are well-dressed). I'm bothered that someone looked at this guitar's visibly-cracked knobs and checked the 'passed' box (Michigan's other big manufacturing industry--autos--got hammered for this type of approach recently!) even if the loosely-soldered 3-way switch escaped inspection (since it works intermittently). Gibson sells their instruments in a premium price range largely because of the buying public's perceptions about "1st quality workmanship" and so on; I did expect proper attention be paid to 'the little things' as well as the big, for a (more or less) $1500 Gibson guitar. The 'big things' are outstanding: it sounds, plays, and looks (except for the chrome) GREAT. You'll probably want to adjust your action a bit; mine's needed no truss-rod twist and came intonated properly, but the strings are a little high at the moment and it came with .010--.046 anyway. I'll set it up when I put on .009--.042s. The trapezoidal inlays are plastic but they do go with the look (as do the retro-type tuners). I decided that this coolest-looking and lightest Les Paul was dirt-cheap for "new Gibson" prices; cheap enough that I can add the price of what it 'needs' (push/pull pots, speed knobs, gold hardware/pickup covers, metal or graphite nut, and probably a set of Wilkinson quick-lock tuners) and still have paid less for it all than I might've for any generic off-the-rack Les Paul---which I wouldn't have bought!
                        It has what you like about Les Pauls (feel, sound), but it looks better, and it both weighs and costs HALF of what the rest of them do. It came with a first-quality hardshell case....

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