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post Jun 29 2008, 04:33 PM
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I'm kinda interested in them, for what I've read about them, they sound like killer guitars, and looks are golden aswell. But my local shop doesn't have them in stock, so I haven't been able to play them. Can anybody give their view on them?

It's the Les Paul standard custom shop VOS I'm talking about.

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post Jun 29 2008, 06:49 PM
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SOunds like a great guitar to me. If you know how Gibson sounds, I don't see the problem, it will sound like that.


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post Jun 30 2008, 02:01 AM
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QUOTE (Xuestor @ Jun 29 2008, 11:33 AM) *
I'm kinda interested in them, for what I've read about them, they sound like killer guitars, and looks are golden aswell. But my local shop doesn't have them in stock, so I haven't been able to play them. Can anybody give their view on them?

It's the Les Paul standard custom shop VOS I'm talking about.


If your goal is that vintage Gibson sound, it's probably as close as you can get without having an original 58.

Haven't played them. Looks heavy though...not so bad in your lap, but if you're planning on gigging, I dunno...

It has one of those big fat necks so it kind of depends on what you're used to playing whether it'll be comfortable or not. I'm not really comfortable with the modern Gibson necks so I don't think I'd be too into the VOS guitars.


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post Jul 1 2008, 02:08 AM
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I think it comes down to personal preference, the 58 VOS is quite a bit different in terms of sound and the neck which has already been mentioned. For me I prefer the 60's necks but any gibson is worth the cash IMO just whether or not it suits you. I plan on buy a les paul standard or les paul standard custom (black beauty) in December, can't wait
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post Jul 1 2008, 11:23 AM
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Hi Xuestor

This is the EXACT guitar i want to buy as well. Im going to San Francisco in september and i hope GuitarCenter there has it in stock.
I just sounds like a killer guitar, and the 50's neck seems like it would be better for me than the slim 60's.. However i wont know until i try it..

Oh man, i do hope they will have it when i arrive.
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post Jul 1 2008, 12:25 PM
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Well, as it turns out, I was playing my own 1958 Custom Shop VOS as I read this thread.

I love it. There are two things though to keep in mind.

1) Frets are a little lower than most guitars. I believe the frets are the same on all the 50's VOS guitars. Part of the lowness may be due to the fact that the neck is Plek'ed. Yes, don't let anyone tell you different, Plek'ing is something very nice. Big difference between a Plek'ed guitar and a normal one. When I first got it the low frets bothered me. But not anymore. I was just beginning then, as I got better, I guess that does not mean much to me anymore. I think playing a Les Paul makes your hands strong, so you don't care about stuff like that after awhile.

2) Neck is fatter than your modern 50's style neck. But again, this does not bother me, again, if you play a Les Paul, your hands get strong, and you don't care about that stuff. At least that is the way it is for me. I think the sound is great largely because of the fat neck, which as you probably know, extends further into the body (as in the 50's) than modern guitars.

Now I like the 50's neck, but probably would have gotten a 59 VOS, but they sell those for so much more, and from what I can see, except that the 59 has a flame top, there is no difference in quality between the two. In fact I don't know if my top is one piece or two piece, I absolutely cannot tell. Sometimes I think it is a one piece top, sometimes a two piece top. I don't know, it looks like one piece to me.

I think they have a new one now that is cheaper, let me look....

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson-Custom-...531-i1274665.gc

ok, they now have a 60 VOS at similar price. I don't think it has the long neck tenon, probably I would not think it sounds as good as my 58, but for those who want a slim taper neck, it has that, 60 was the first year that was available.

Ok, here is the expensive 60 VOS with slim taper

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson-Custom-...985-i1149817.gc

It has long neck tenon. I don't know what other differences. Maybe the cheaper one does not have the bubble bee caps. I don't know. You would have to research it. But other than the flame, I think there is very little difference between the $3000 and $5000 VOS guitars. Except if the cheaper 60 does not have the long neck tenon as my 58 does. My 58 sustains very noticeably better than my other les paul, I think that is because of the long neck tenon.

My guitar sounds a lot like Marcus S. on Pentatonic Solo I think.

If I had it over again, I would want to try the $3000 60's before I decided. I am not crazy about slim necks, and it might be missing a few things as I mention, I would have to check it out. But I am fully satisfied with my 58. I think I prefer a fatter neck on a Les Paul.
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post Jul 1 2008, 02:08 PM
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@fkalich

excellent.. Finally somebody who has first degree knowledge about the guitar.. from what i hear, it sounds a like it is like i imagined with the fat neck.. I love the fact that it has a long tenon, which i believe will not only make the guitar more sturdy but also sounds better (more sustain maybe) because of it.

Thank you for your insights.. I will however try as many LP's as i can before i make a final decision, but so far my view has not been altered on this particular guitar.

Thanks again.
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post Jul 3 2008, 10:21 PM
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QUOTE (-Zion- @ Jul 1 2008, 08:08 AM) *
@fkalich

excellent.. Finally somebody who has first degree knowledge about the guitar.. from what i hear, it sounds a like it is like i imagined with the fat neck.. I love the fact that it has a long tenon, which i believe will not only make the guitar more sturdy but also sounds better (more sustain maybe) because of it.

Thank you for your insights.. I will however try as many LP's as i can before i make a final decision, but so far my view has not been altered on this particular guitar.

Thanks again.


Regarding sustain. I still am amazed by the sustain I get. It is substantially more than on my other Les Paul, which I think sustains fine. But notes just hold forever. To give you an idea, if I play this violin song, I definitely reach for the 58, nothing else will do.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nFBgWTbJMXo

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post Jul 4 2008, 09:03 AM
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interesting piece of music.. thanks for the link..
i am still pretty much interested in this particular guitar, but i'll know in about 2 months from now.. smile.gif

Thanks again
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