Gibson Les Paul Special SL
The great thing about the Gibson Les Paul Special SL is that you get a good reliable Gibson with its fat resonant tone, and the price tag of a cheap import.
The Special is a much lighter version of some of the heavier, hard-to-handle Gibsons.
But you don’t sacrifice sound, as long as you don’t mind sacrificing the fancy carved top.
This is a flat-topped version.
The neck and body are made of mahogany, the wood that gives Gibson’s their signature rich sound, and the fret board is rosewood.
If you aren’t a materialistic princess guitarist, then the Les Paul Special SL is the electric guitar that gives you the most for the money.
You get all the good bells and whistles that make it an easy play and a great sounding machine…but you don’t get a lot of the bling that’s pretty, but ultimately useless.
Some of these practical features of this guitar are:
- The mahogany body has a contoured back for a more comfortable fit
- The fast neck is slim and tapered
- The hardware is chrome, so it’s durable
- Humbucking pickups with some real power
- A lightweight body that can move around with you…much better than lugging around a fancy sack of sand.
Of course the LP Special SL isn’t as flashy as some of the pricier guitars, but they are nothing to turn your nose up at.
The Gibson style is present even in this more basic model…and you can’t mistake a Gibson.
The Special is a versatile guitar, consider yourself lucky if you can find a used model.
The Special sounds good with jazz or blues, but has the chops to handle metal.
It has a nice clean tone, but still sounds good with distortion.
A beginner that hasn’t really found his true sound would do great with one of these.
Without spending your last dime, you can have a true Gibson.
The time will come later for you to spend thousands on “your” guitar…and this one will last until that day.
Not that I’m recommending that you test this theory, but these guitars can take a few falls on a hard stage floor without tragedy striking.
You’ll kick yourself, but you won’t screw up your guitar.
Most of the time, these will last longer than you will be playing.
If you outlast your Gibson Les Paul Special SL, then you’ve earned your expensive, flashy guitar.
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My first LP was a new '68 Custom. I have owned about 40 LP's over my career. I have also owned all the obligatory Strats, Yamahas, Kramers, you name it? …
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