Okay, so I’ve been messing around with my camera so I can make some awesome video demos and reviews for you guys and gals, and I thought I’d upload a little bit of Les Paul noodlin’. In this video I start with the ‘Woman Tone,’ made famous by Eric Clapton. This is a little trick where you select both pickups on a twin-humbucker guitar, roll the tone knob down for the treble pickup, and have at it. It’s almost like a stationary wah-wah effect, and it’s pretty dang addictive. Following a few phrases with the Woman Tone, I flip to the bridge pickup and then the neck pickup – although the Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers in my Les Paul are extremely articulate and responsive, so this isn’t even a fraction of the tonal variety you can get out of this guitar.
“Dude, Les Pauls look and sound cool but something about them always feels a little …off to me.” It’s something I’ve heard time and time again. It’s something I’ve even said myself a long long time ago. Then I realised what it was: the Les Paul’s 24.75” scale length – the distance from bridge to nut – is noticeably different to the 25.5” of a Strat or a Soloist or a Tele or an RG. And that extra .75 inches actually makes a big difference: it affects the tension of the strings, the snappiness or darkness of the tone, and the distance between each fret. In short, if you’re used to 25.5”, a Les Paul is gonna feel a little weird to you beyond its violin-like backward neck pitch and arched top. Now Gibson Custom is offering the Gibson Custom CS Les Paul Long Scale, which is a Les Paul in every way except …longer! It’s a 25.5” scale Les Paul designed to give you a tighter, punchier attack and snappier tone than typically expected of a Les Paul. And Gibson is offering two neck shapes: a big ‘ol fat ’59 profile (my favourite despite my love of widdly shred axes) or a V2 SlimTaper ’60 profile.
Wanna buy one? Here are some links!