Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature Aged
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Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature Aged

Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature Aged, Chitarra Corpo tipo Les Paul from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Hatsubai 20/09/2011

Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Inspired by Series" - John Sykes Signature Aged : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"The real Sykes guitar"
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This is the "other" version of the John Sykes guitar. This has all the correct wear patterns on it, the correct pickups, and everything else that really makes this John Sykes' guitar. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, block inlays, binding, tune-o-matic bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The ebony on this was jet black, and I absolutely love jet black ebony fretboards. They really stand out to me, for whatever reason. The fretwork was top notch, and there were no issues that I could find on this. It's hard to mention how the finish is considering how worn it was, but it looked to be about as accurate as possible by judging various pictures I found on the internet. The guitar had some decent weight to it, and a lot of that had to do with the maple neck that's put on these guitars. The maple neck is definitely a love/hate thing, and I happen to love them, although my back hates them.

SOUNDS

The guitar had the infamous Dirty Fingers pickups installed in it, and they roared like no tomorrow. For those who don't know, these are Gibson's hottest pickups, as far as I know. It's even hotter than the 500T, and it just crushes through the right amp. These seem to work best through some sort of modded Marshall or other higher mid amp, in my opinion. They work great in Mesa/Boogie Marks, too. I find them to be a bit much at times for Rectos, but once you boost the Recto, it starts to really sing. The neck is super powerful as well, and lead lines are a breeze. Cleans and dynamics suck, but nobody cares about those things anyway. :)

OVERALL OPINION

This is as close to Sykes' actual guitar as you can get. The wear pattern, the specs, the pickups, everything about this guitar is pretty much exactly what Sykes has on his own guitar. There are two major problems with this guitar, however. One is the RIDICULOUS price that Gibson charges for these things. The other is the fact that it's so beat up that the price kinda makes it not worth buying the aged version.