Originally Posted by kent
Play as many LPs as you can get your hands on and try not to take anyone's advice too seriouly. As an example, I have included my personal view on the subject below.
If I were you, I would look for a really nice Standard. There are definately some nice Studios or Classics that feel nicer than some Customs or Standards, but it's a varies from guitar to guitar. If you can find a great Custom or Standard, you will never regret getting it. I have a friend who went through around 4-5 Studios and 2 Classics before finally finding a great Standard and then an '82 Custom that he never puts down. Great specimens of those guitars have a vibe that just won't quit.
I could'nt agree more,I searched for 10 years for a LP,the reason? 1 late 60's (69 if i recall) custom,natural top,3 hum,But it just felt and sounded right ... Unfortunately i lost out on it,having put down a deposit i needed cash to pay bills etc ... So 3 weeks later i am made redundant and could have bought it outright :-( Anyhoo i digress,I then spent the next 10 yrs,trying to find one i liked as much,What i have now is a 96 standard,and it feels right and sounds right,I have played heaps of LP's,some sounded good,some played well,others had great tone,but none had *all* of what i needed from a LP ... This does it all,and it's the only thing (apart from the kids and wife) i would'nt sell EVER ... Still can't stand the finish tho (tobacco burst) but it's something thats grown on me,Maybe in 40 yrs time i'll like it
Moral? Try as many as you can,Customs,Gems,Standards,Studio's and take home the one that feels and sound right to YOU
For the record,i've never bought a guitar on looks,and i've only ever bought 1 guitar without playing it first ... It may be a long journey
If your ever near MK,pop in and you'll see what i mean :-)