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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Les Paul 2011 50s tribute (not the "studio" model).......Opinions?



Nov 20th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found a used one with HSC that is at a price almost too good to pass up.

2011: As far as I can tell there was a "regular" model and a "Studio" model. This is supposedly not the Studio model. However, typos and omitted information are not uncommon on the internet these days. Serial number search traces to 2011.

There are a few videos on the internet of what appears to be the same basic guitar.

Gold top.
Humbuckers. Bridge pup has been swapped with an unknown model. I have a Dimarzio PAF I can put in along with an Air Norton if it comes down to it.
Swapped Grover tuners, and from the photo they appear to be locking.
Knobs appear to be swapped, speed knobs as opposed to I assume top hats.
As far as I can tell thus far the neck has not been broken.
Back is 5 piece mahogany.

As a lifelong Strat guy a LP has never really felt comfortable. But I suspect a large part of that is due to having played them mostly sitting, not standing.

I already have enough guitars to last me, but this one seems to be calling my name. Maybe it's the holidays coming up or something.

Any opinions/experience/etc?

Thanks in advance.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 01:05 PM, Nov 20th, 2017)

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I detect the El Supremo
Nov 20th, 2017 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

elm, I have a 2010 LP Tribute in black. It has a nice, gnarly tome with the P 90's. I added a Bigsby to it. I really like the guitar. I hope this helps.

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Nov 20th, 2017 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it doesn't have binding, it's a Studio. Nothing wrong with that, but the price will reflect it and stay with it forever.

Any of the "Tribute" stuff was the "cheaper than a normal Studio" line - came originally with a gig bag, etc.

Price will be commensurate.



Nov 20th, 2017 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Neck does not have binding.

Body does not appear to have binding.
From the side it sort of looks like it, but I think it's just the contrast between the maple/gold top and mahogany body.

FWIW it comes with a Gibson USA case, could be after market purchased.

I tried finding a 2011 catalog on line but nada.
The 2012 catalog that I saw did not have this line in it.

FDP Data Goon

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Nov 21st, 2017 02:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, look at similar models on the usual sites for sale. It was a "cheaper than Studio" as you're describing. No binding: Studio or cheaper.

You won't find binding on the body but not on the neck that I've seen either.

Unless it's magical, cheap is the only way it sells!



Nov 21st, 2017 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

A couple more details that I suspect that have come up (mostly details and not supre relevant):

Body and top may be slightly thinner, and body probably chambered, all leading to lighter weight.

REAL close to the guitar in question........

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the downtime
Nov 21st, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

EJM is correct: the "binding" you see on the Tribute series is actually a page from the PRS book: the edge of the maple is masked off before the color is sprayed on. That creates the faux binding you see on these.

I have a 2010 50's Tribute LP with 2x P90s. It is every bit as good a player as my waymo-spensive Custom Shop R8. Seriously.

Have the frets tuned and get it properly set up, and you will have a *killer* guitar for relatively little dough.


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Nov 21st, 2017 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have two LP Tribute models. One is a 2012 70's model with mini-humbuckers, and the other is a 2017 Tribute with 490R & 490T humbuckers. I love them both.

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Nov 21st, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm highly suspect of a 5-piece back on anything higher up the line than a Studio. Not that it's a bad thing - but it *is* a distinguishing feature.

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Nov 21st, 2017 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Weight relief is a good thing.

My two beasts clock in at 8lb10oz and 9lb3oz and I'm glad they're not more for sure.

Then again, my Jaguars and other offsets weigh more than that typically.

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