Is a Gibson Les Paul, necessary when you own a good SG ?

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  1. Demon Dave

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    Yeah, acoustics won't be great, either. Keep it simple, light weight. You don't wanna look too prosperous for a gig like this. And too loud will get you kicked out of your spot.
     
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    My answer is in the form of a question: "Did Brian May need another guitar?"
     
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    The answer to which is "Brian May only has one sound".
     
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    But he can get it this way when the fancy takes him

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    Comes here asking if he should get another guitar...:smile:
     
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    No, my point is that an SG can do everything you need if you work with your pickups, tone knobs, amp, effects and of course your skills!
    Brian May got a lot of sounds out of that guitar.
     
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    That was the legal age here until the 90s

    Yes, he has many. A bunch of Red Special and many more
     
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    Since I have been a LP player for a long time, I will always have one around but, my main axe is an SG
     
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    why would u want diff guitars? to play in a top40 covers band?

    eric johnson once said...gear is only 12% of your tone...
    how he got so specific...it's anyones guess...considering he can also hear the difference between energizer and duracell batteries...
     
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    I find them both essential. Cover some of the same territory? Sure. But they both do things the other doesn't and the design of them makes me play them differently.

    I learned how to play guitar on a Les Paul (a '77 Custom) and they are my first love and lifetime companion, but I have to have at least one SG on hand or I feel like I am missing something.
     
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    To answer the OP's original question: I have two SGs and don't feel
    that I need a
    Les Paul to get any tone I want. I simply love the sound I get from my SGs.
    I also love the tone I get from my Epiphone ES-339 P-90 pro, and my Fender
    Telecaster '72 Deluxe. Each of these instruments has a rich fine tone all its own,
    Each is unique and I don't think I've experienced all the tones each one has to
    offer, so it's exciting to pick up each of them on any new day.
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    I don't need a Les Paul. But I always drool over them.
    I think they are lovely to
    look at, and I love the tones that other players get from them.
    So I have nothing
    against a Les Paul except the weight and the price.

    And that brings me to my next comment. The weight and the price
    ought to eliminate a Les Paul from use by a street musician.
    I've played on the street
    enough times that I never wanted to do it ever again...
    People came and tried
    to take the money I'd been thrown. Everyone's a critic, eh?

    I hated that experience, and I would NEVER
    consider playing any of my prized guitars on the street,
    exposed to bullies and
    desperadoes. No fine Gibson should ever be in such a position.
    A Squier Telecaster would also be a good choice,
    you can defend yourself with it.

    The only Les Paul that could be considered for a street musician
    would be an
    Epiphone Les Paul Special l, or Les Paul Special ll.
    They are inexpensive guitars
    so if you get in trouble you don't have to worry about them.
    Also they sound great. Spend some money on setup
    and a decent gig bag
    and you'll have a
    guitar that will pay for itself if your music is any good.
    Also, they are made of
    plywood and they aren't too heavy.
    These modest instruments are the proof
    that tone wood is a non-issue for an electric guitar.
    They really do sound great,
    as a number of members here will testify. Me included.


    Couple that with a Honeytone plastic amp.
    The Honeytone has a diddly little
    speaker, but if you run a bypass output jack and plug it into a good
    quality
    8 Ohm 20 cm or 25 cm guitar speaker in a portable cab,
    you can get good tone from it. 15 Watts, so its got reasonable power,
    not enough to get you arrested.

    Good luck with this. If you buy the Les Paul you are considering,
    congratulations on an excellent choice. But don't play that on the street.
    Use it to run loops at
    home, and then play the loops and accompany them
    with a MUCH cheaper guitar.
     
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    Well, I love a LP. Will never get that out of my system. I grew up a LP player. I mostly play my SG now but, you can say what you want, an LP will get some tones you just can't get out of an SG
     
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    I love SG's but I never met an LP I got along with.
     
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    I have the same problem with Strats. But even with LP's it took me a few bought and sold before I found one that is a keeper. Whereas I haven't met an SG I didn't like.
     
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    For maximum tips, go with a Starcaster or Maestro. People will think you deserve something nicer.
     
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    I have two Sg's 61ri.JPG angus body 2.jpg Would like a black one and a white one. Not so much to play but to look at. 4 Les Paul's at the moment. 2012   2.JPG 1960RI.JPG Dessert burst.jpg Cherrybed.JPG So yes. You need both.
     
  19. Neil from Ottawa Canada

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    I play on the street alot and would never play a real LP...the acoustics are lousy and you won't have a high-end amp. About every 10th time someone comes up to me and asks to play. I always let them, and one time the guy sang very well and I got money. Often though they're on drugs and once they've played 10 seconds they loose focus. On the topic...I wonder if you can get the Slash Sweet Child of Mine tone from an SG. I come close on my SG Standard but not quite.
     
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    "Yes, yes I can!"
    Or from an Explorer, Suhr Tele copy(Aren't all Suhr's Tele copies, really?), Corvus etc. etc. ad nauseum.
     
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