Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Korina
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Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Korina

Les Paul Custom Shop Korina, Chitarra Corpo tipo Les Paul from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Hatsubai 23/10/2011

Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Korina : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Fairly different sounding LP"
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Gibson is mostly known for utilizing their mahogany bodies with their guitars, but they have a few guitars out there, namely this one, that use a wood called Korina. It's actually called Limba, if I remember correctly. I'm not entirely sure why the name changed, but I'm guessing it's similar to Tyler and him calling the Jelutong wood Mamywo. The guitar features a korina body, a korina neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, binding, standard block/trapezoid inlays, TOM style bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar had a nicely cut nut, and that was a welcomed sight. There are so many Gibsons out there with poorly cut nuts that it's ridiculous. I'm not sure why Gibson (and Fender) have so many issues cutting nuts... The frets on this, however, needed some work. At the upper frets, I noticed that the frets weren't level when I started analyzing the neck. This happens when the fretboard isn't perfectly level when they go to install the frets, and it can sometimes cause issues with getting the action to where you need it. A lot of people don't notice it because they don't aim for action below 1/16'', but for someone like me, I tend to notice it. The rest of the guitar was pretty much what you'd expect from Gibson.

SOUNDS

The guitar itself was fairly bright sounding when compared to a normal Les Paul. You don't have that low end grunt and low mids that Gibson excels at. Instead, you have this tight, bright kind of sound that is more in your face than the rhythm monster that the standard Les Paul is. The pickups in this are your standard Gibson pickups, and they're not my favorites. The bridge pickup works great for hard rock and blues. You can get one sick blues tone once you roll off the tone knob a bit, and leads work quite well. However, it is lacking for most any other style. It's not tight enough for metal, and it's not liquid enough for fusion. That's not to say it can't do those styles; I just think there are better pickups for it. The neck pickup is pretty much the exact same story.

OVERALL OPINION

These are some very killer guitars, but you have to like korina as a body wood. If you don't, you'll find yourself regretting you ever bought one of these. Unfortunately, the only real way to check these out is if you go in the store and play one. There are a few dealers out there who still have these guitars in stock, but many dealers are moving towards not stocking guitars like this because of potential returns.