I'm really, really sure that if Ibanez had released the RG in 1955, and Schecter had released the Avenger in in 1957, and Gibson had released the Les Paul in 1990 and Fender had released the Strat in 2001, you'd see a very different world. The 'relic'ing industry that grew out of the vintage market, taking $1000 guitars and turning them into $2000 guitars by scratching them up and burning them and dragging them around behind your truck.... 200-ft Ibanezes on the Hard Rock Cafes!
There are a few specific things I dislike about most Les Pauls, besides the price. First off, they don't balance as well as a guitar with an upper horn, secondly most of them (like Duane Allman's, & Clapton's, & Beck's) needed to be refretted with bigger frets, ones that also extended all the way out over the binding, instead of little plastic bumps where the ends of the frets should be. Gibson has obviously corrected that problem on the reissues (except
on the reissues that are supposed to be absolutely authentic, thereby including
the original design flaws). Gibson's electronic shielding on their early guitars was spotty, because they weren't designed
to be used standing in front of 100 watt stacks with three fuzztones plugged into each other....
The necks were all over the place on the originals, as is the case with any hand-shaped guitar - the guy with the woodplane thinks
he's getting better and better with each subsequent guitar.... Page's guitar had a reshaped neck, many of the reissues that claim to have "rolled" fingerboard edges to "duplicate wear" actually duplicate some guy sanding off the sharp edges on a 50-year-old guitar, 48 years ago.The great thing about Warmoth (& design evolution) is that we're not
stuck with early design problems - who wants a "fretless wonder" refret? :dontknow:
Don't even get me started on "classic" Stratocasters, there's about a dozen things wrong with them... that's why I'm here, instead of at unofficialstrat.com I guess. :blob7:
I'm trying to imagine The Allman Bros. "Live At Fillmore East" played on two Superstrats.
- you're a mean person & god is going to punish you for it. :evil4: