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Les Paul, or Gibson SG?

It was a poster of Slash holding his Gibson Les Paul slung low on his waist playing live that got me into guitars.

The crunching power chords of Appetite For Destruction were a long way from the three chords I could manage on a beaten up acoustic with a hole in the side, but I kept on trying until I could play those riffs.

I still hold a special love for the Les Paul (as well as the Explorer made famous by Hetfield palm muting his way through multiple albums with Metallica).

So, I'm especially thrilled to see the official Gibson forums relaunched with Invision Community 4.

Check it out: https://forum.gibson.com

It's great timing as I've recently freed my guitars from the loft and have started to play again.

Anyone else here play guitar, and should we start our own band?

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My brother owns an SG, which is very nice, though I prefer Les Paul's. The Les Paul is a bit more versatile than the SG - you can listen to really any type of music featuring a guitar, and not be surprised if a Les Paul is used.

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15 hours ago, opentype said:

Well, I have an Ibanez …

uh oh oops GIF

It’s more living room decoration nowadays. It’s been many years since that was plugged into the Marshall amp, which I sold. 

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It's fascinating coming back to guitar after so long.

The last time I took it seriously was in the 90s and I had a large Laney amp, 4-5 different pedals, lots of cables and had to learn from tab books.

Now, I have my guitar plugged into my MacBook and use Garageband to use different amp sounds and effects. I also use Ultimate Guitar to learn songs, and I can even mute the guitar parts and play with the backing track.

It's like being in the future!

16 hours ago, Square Wheels said:

Easy question

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That's beautiful.

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It's a shame that Gibson kills everything that it touches! Thankfully, Cakewalk Sonar was rescued by Bandlab and is is now free to download (Sonar is my DAW of choice).

Gibson's guitars are a shadow of what they used since the 90's and I wouldn't choose either a Les Paul or a SG as my main unless it was from the 1960's.

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I played in a band for over 15 years and my guitar of the moment was a Gibson Flying V MK2; it was unique in that it had single coil boomerang pickups which gave it a really distinctive sound that everyone who saw us play had to come up and comment on the fact.  I looked at this guitar for six weeks before being seduced into buying it.

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All of the trimmings, including the tuning pegs, were gold plated giving it a look that was stunning.  The image above is the same as I had, there was another in maple, but the mahogany was the apple of my eye.

At 65 now I don't play at all, but still have the memories, photos and tracks we laid down.  I sold the guitar when we disbanded, for many different reasons (none of them acrimonious); I still hanker after those amazing times, but arthritis in my hands prevents me from even forming a chord.  Happy days - image below of one of those moments in time that last an eternity.

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2 hours ago, Davyc said:

I played in a band for over 15 years and my guitar of the moment was a Gibson Flying V MK2; it was unique in that it had single coil boomerang pickups which gave it a really distinctive sound that everyone who saw us play had to come up and comment on the fact.  I looked at this guitar for six weeks before being seduced into buying it.

Image result for gibson flying v mk2

All of the trimmings, including the tuning pegs, were gold plated giving it a look that was stunning.  The image above is the same as I had, there was another in maple, but the mahogany was the apple of my eye.

At 65 now I don't play at all, but still have the memories, photos and tracks we laid down.  I sold the guitar when we disbanded, for many different reasons (none of them acrimonious); I still hanker after those amazing times, but arthritis in my hands prevents me from even forming a chord.  Happy days - image below of one of those moments in time that last an eternity.

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That is a beautiful guitar! Great stories too, thanks for sharing.

The closest I got to being in a band was with friends at school.

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