What Les Paul would you recommend?

Hey folks. I think it’s time I got myself a Les Paul for work purposes (pickup reviews and demos, pics for my Gibson.com articles and Mixdown magazine column, stuff like that). And I thought I might throw it open to see if you can recommend a particular model to me. I can’t afford a super-mega expensive top shelf model right now (unless someone buys a whole bunch of ads), but I think that for my particular requirements I need a traditional-sounding mahogany body/maple top Les Paul with two full-sized humbuckers and traditional Les Paul ‘two volumes, two tones and a toggle switch’ wiring. Although I play a lot of Ibanez guitars with very thin necks, I quite like thick guitar necks too.

Here are a few I’m thinking of, each of which meets my requirements in terms of body woods and electronics configurations. Can you suggest any others or offer your opinion? Leave a comment below or here on the I Heart Guitar Facebook page.

Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute Humbucker

I’ve really liked the other Tribute models I’ve played, and Satin Honeybust looks pretty tasty.

Les Paul Studio Silverburst

Why? Because Silverburst!

Les Paul Gothic Morte

I like this one because back in the day I used to be way into the goth scene. I guess it’s still a part of me (literally, since my ear piercing was a door prize I won at a goth club years ago!) and I like the idea of this very very black guitar.

Les Paul Studio

I just showed this Inverness Green Les Paul Studio to Pilgrim Lee and she pretty much insists that I get one. So that’s a pretty strong vote! This model has the additional advantage of push-pull coil splits for each pickup, which I like a lot.

Les Paul Traditional 1960 Zebra

Part of the reason I want a Les Paul is to do pickup reviews, but it’s pretty hard to resist the zebra humbuckers in this baby!

Les Paul Traditional

Now this would be my number one choice. Iced Tea is my number one favourite Gibson finish. And again, HoneyBurst is pretty nice too.

Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul

Because there’s only one way, there’s only one way to rock.

Les Paul Florentine With Bigsby

I’m a huge fan of Bigsby vibrato bridges, and I also really like the look of the Florentine cutaway. This one would be my second choice, cash permitting, after the Traditional.

Slash Appetite Les Paul

We’re way beyond my price range now but this one has to be on the list anyway.

Should I throw in a few Gibson Custom models as well just to provide daydream fodder? Yeah, why not…

Les Paul Axcess Standard

Les Paul with a Floyd Rose and a sculpted easy-access neck joint. Sounds good to me!

Collector’s Choice #1 1959 Les Paul Standard

Man, just look at that thing. Sure, it’d kinda be sacrilege to change anything on this beautiful guitar, but… y’know what, I just put it here because I like to look at it.