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Old October 23rd, 2017, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone Familiar with the Les Paul CM?

I did a search and found no references.

After years of principally using Teles for my original, somewhat retro, rock I over the last year or so have been turning more towards P90 equipped Junior and Special models. And although I won several nice Gibsons with HBs, these guitars have been Epi models -- inexpensive ones with bolt-on necks.

How amazingly good these 'cheapies' are has amazed me. But deep down I wished to find a low priced Junior that was a "real" Gibson with a set neck.

Such alluded me until yesterday when I happened upon Sam Ash's super sale on left over Les Paul CMs -- a single PUP, thin-bodied, model that unlike the Junior has a two-piece (mahogany/maple) sculpted body.

Alas it comes with a Classic `61 HB pickup, not a P90, but rather enthralled by its other design aspects, to say nothing of the price (Only $399!) I placed an order for one.

I'll know on Thursday whether it is what I am hoping it to be, but any experience or knowledgeable comments here will sure be appreciated as I await its delivery!

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Old October 23rd, 2017, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on the new guitar Don. I think you'll like it!

It basically looks similar to my 2014 Melody Maker with a single HB rather than 2 -P90s. The 2014 MM had the satin lightning bridge, mahogany body/ carved maple cap, thinner body, belly cut (which I need!), rosewood board, plekked etc and weighs in at about 7lbs. Noticeably lighter than a regular LP. If this is anywhere near as good as my MM, and I don't know why it wouldn't be, you will be very happy.
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Old October 23rd, 2017, 11:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Rob!

I'm sure hoping you are right.

My two concerns are the finish. -One I expect I will either love or totally hate. And the HB instead of a P90.

My `89 Paul has what I expect are 490 type HBs. Too over driven for me. And my `04 SG Supreme has `57 Classics -- much more to my liking, but hey, I already have that sound.

The `61 sounds in description like it may be a great addition. But P90s are really my go-to these days. Just so delightfully "in your face" and so responsive to the pick.

Anyhow, I'll report back. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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Congratulations From the specs, it sounds like a great little rocker. Let us know what you think of it when you get it.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay, she arrived today.

In short, I am in love. Yes, truly.

The size, the weight, the finish, the feel, the sound. This is likely to be one of my "go to" guitars.

I plugged her in to my Champ clone Sweet Baby amp, without even changing the settings from those I have been using with a P90-equipped Epi Special and she sounded great. Dropping the volume on the amp made it even better (I use a soak between the power output and the speaker, so the amp's volume control really has become a gain control.

I'll try her with other amps and setting in the days ahead.

What a winner. So glad I "chance it."

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Gorgeous, that plank really has some attitude.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 08:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This being my first new Gibson in overt ten years, and coupled with the fact that it was a 2015 that had sat in a ware house for some time, I was wondering how its quality would be. (Oh, the stories on the web about newer Gibsons!)

In fact I was amazed with how she looked and felt right out of the box. Set up was good. Even the strings were good! The little things that I generally expect to have to do -- like set intonation -- were on the money.

One flaw that I will need to have corrected is with the G-Force system. The "A" string tunes perfectly on auto-tune but rather oddly turning the peg for manual tuning on that string does nothing.

Gibson, of course, will fix it -- there's a one year warranty on electronics -- but its kind of too bad.

Would I send the guitar back for this? No way! The more I play her the more I love her. And the G-Force will quickly be addicting. Push a button, strum, she's in tune. As amazing as auto-focus cameras!

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CONGRATS!!
Looks like a serious rocker! Don't always believe what you read on the web when it comes to reviews. People will write reviews when they aren't pleased whereas 99% of the time, the ones that are happy are usually too busy playing their guitars to sit down and write one.

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Old October 27th, 2017, 12:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't always believe what you read on the web when it comes to reviews. People will write reviews when they aren't pleased whereas 99% of the time, the ones that are happy are usually too busy playing their guitars to sit down and write one.
A good and timely reminder!

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Old November 10th, 2017, 06:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice and simple....perfect for rock! What's great about the robots is 1. they work, but my issue was I didn't like the way you have to wind the string etc. I wish they could have just had a top thumb screw. 2. If you decide to change tuners, there are no screw holes, so whatever you want can be fitted and screwed in....and no extra holes will show like a normal replacement. Good luck!
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