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|07-09-2013 11:09 AM|
You can't generally stack promos with big-name brands but if you call in or chat they will most likely give you the promotion. You may have to ask for the manager.
It's all about MAP (minimum advertised price) enforced by the brands themselves.
|07-09-2013 10:51 AM|
|07-09-2013 10:48 AM|
The primary differences between the Studio and the Standard are cosmetic. The most obvious of which, is the white, plastic binding (the white edges) that go around the body and the neck. Routing the grove for the binding, trimming the binding (including the nibs on the end of every fret) and finishing the guitar with the binding takes a considerable amount of extra handling by the aforementioned skilled American workers (in Nashville, TN, BTW). The maple caps (the top pieces of the body) tend to be better looking (i.e. more expensive) pieces of wood, on the Standard. The Studio comes with 490R/498T pickups (neck/bridge) while the Standard comes with Burstbucker Pros #1 and #2 (neck/bridge) pups (not a big price differential between the sets). You will find countless rave reviews of both sets as well as limitless critics of both sets. The new Standards are wired for coil splitting, tapping and phase shifting (again, not a big price differential). I've been playing for 30+ years and still don't have any interest in those gimmicks. If I want a single coil sound, I'll pick up one of my guitars with single coil pups in it.
The Standard is about $2,600. The Standard Traditional Plus is about $2,000 and the Standard Traditional Pro is about $1,800. I don't consider any of those to be remotely close to the $1,000 price range.
Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
|07-08-2013 02:21 PM|
|07-08-2013 12:57 PM|
|cbindl||For a "studio" model, it's an average price. However, if you are spending that much, save a bit more and buy the "Standard" les paul as it's a MUCH better instrument.|
|07-08-2013 10:07 AM|
Oh... They also come with a bag vs. hard-shell case.
|07-08-2013 09:44 AM|
why is there so much difference in price between the advertised guitar and this http://www.guitarcente
|07-08-2013 08:47 AM|
Hah! I put the SD APH-1s in my '99 Studio, 50s wiring (500k pots) and I sound exactly like...me.
|07-08-2013 08:44 AM|
|danteshors||Still own my 1993 Wine red Studio! Replaced the pickups to SD Alnico Pro 2 so it is the same setup as Slash. Now if I just PLAYED like Slash..........|
|07-08-2013 08:32 AM|
|07-08-2013 08:26 AM|
|07-08-2013 08:15 AM|
|kamaboko||MSRP $2199? They can't be serious. It's a $700 guitar at absolute best.|
|07-08-2013 07:46 AM|
|crakarjax||Not a fan of that fingerboard... too light in color.|
|07-08-2013 07:45 AM|
|07-08-2013 07:02 AM|
Sadly, that is almost always the case. Gibson and Fender (particularly Gibby) are very strict about what retailers can do as it relates to discounting their products. Additionally, the retailers are hoping to maintain their margins on those product lines while drawing customers in with 15% off, everything else.
I actually prefer to buy older, used guitars. However, $1k for a new studio is a decent deal. Music 123 has it at the same price (I can never remember if M123 and MF are the related). The '13 Studios have mini-tune and coil splitting pick ups and a steeper price than the one on sale. The Studio is weight relieved not chambered so there is still some heft to the guitar. My chambered 60's Tribute Les Paul is so light that I don't feel like I am playing a Les Paul. I prefer weight relieved.
The Studio is a great guitar (I have a couple as well as Standards and other guitars). It (the ebony studio) is one of my go-to guitars. I happen to like the stock pickups (490R/498T), despite the popular meme to criticize them, While I 'upgrade' the potentiometers ('pots') to 500k Ω CTS pots (neither difficult nor expensive to do), it is not necessary. The Studio will rock, right out of the box (expect that it will need a "set up" - that's just the nature of stringed instruments made out of wood).
I believe that most "tone" comes out of the players fingers so, my advice is buy a good/great guitar without lots of frills (I can think of no guitar that better fits this description than the Gibby Les Paul Studio) and a simple tube amp (less is more (in terms of watts, in my world) and make it sound great - it will, if you try.
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