Opinions on Gibson Les Paul Custom
Hi I have been an Ibanez player forever(I currently own 2 S3040PL J-Customs and 3 RG Arch-1 J-Customs)but in recent times I have had an urge to branch out towards something different, something with a fixed bridge perhaps.
I have found a Gibson Les Paul Custom in wine red, a 2003 model from the Custom shop, for Aust $4300(that converts to 3,260.70 USD). Out of all the Gibson's I have seen over the years there have been a lot of bad ones in regards to build quality and tone but this is definitely one of the best ones I have laid my hands on, the binding is very good, actually overall construction is very good and it has a great tone. Unfortunately I would have to chage the pickups(to low output for me), the machine heads(even after streching the new strings the guitar would go out of tune) and the bridge(I would get a TonePros bridge for better tuning stability and also sustain)and all these extras are going to cost a lot as well. I was just wondering what you guys think about Les Pauls and do you think that this is a decent price on one. Also what other fixed bridge models do you all recommend(PRS).
Basically I need a guitar that I can go from standard to Drop D without having to change guitars. If Ibanez had a J-Custom fixed bridge RG or Ghostrider style guitar I would have no hesitation in buying one of those, I have been playing Ibanez for a long time now and I am so used to their quality where Gibson over the years have been very inconsistent. The other idea that I had is that i could get a guitar with a standard Floyd(someone in my area is selling a EBMM Van Halen in trans purple quite cheap) and put a drop D tuner on the Floyd. Anyway thanks for reading my post, take care and I hope to hear from you soon.