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I know this is off topic but I'm in the market for a Les Paul and I just wondered if any of you had ever been to this store. If so, is it usually well stocked and is the store easy to deal with? It is a 90 min drive for me so I thought I'd get some opinions before I made the trip. Thanks.
I live here in Montgomery. I have never been to the store, I have heard good things from friends. All I got, unfortunately.
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Yeah they keep it really well stocked usually. If you come during the day on a weekday, you could also check Bailey Bros downtown. They are a shop that u could haggle with a bit. Good luck!
Guitar Shoppe in Auburn. Mark Mackenzie is the owner. Local folks and real experts.
Depends. If he wants older LP then GS Vintage volume is nice and they don't always show online what they've got. I would call ahead. I buy most of mine off Craigslist.
Craigslist is great because between Auburn/Columbus/Birmingham/Montgomery/Atlanta you can get ANYTHING with patience. I bought an SRV strat for $800 from Craigslist a few years back. That said, there is always the worry that you might be buying a stolen instrument from CL which would truly suck.
Guitar Center and Bailey Brothers are both great for Gibson Les Paul studios (around $1000) due to their large selection, but if you're after a true Les Paul such as a custom or above ($2,500-???) I'd take my time and find the exact one you want. Personally I'm a PRS guy. I've been playing a studio and custom in my band for over 4 years now and the PRS's blow them away in playability and tone. Not knocking the LP though as I know many who think the opposite. Like I said, if you're really wanting to drop some cash I'd go and play some at different stores and look around. You can go online and find the exact colors you want and even order your own custom for around the same price instead of just taking what they have in stock. Just my two cents from a fellow musician. It's my career lol. Hope it makes you as happy as my guitars do!! Good luck!
P.S. I know Mark and his son Josh extremely well in Auburn. They don't carry Gibson but if you're ever in the market for a PRS that's your place! Same with Taylor and Martin acoustics.
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What model? Studio, standard, historic. Guitar Center is like going to Wal-Mart. Hit or miss if you'll find someone really knowledgable.
Also, be very careful as there a a ton of Chinese fakes out there. Even GC gets taken every now and then on trade-ins. They should have a decent selection though.
BTW, I build on the side. Here's one I have in the works.
I have bought 2 Martins, a Taylor and an Epiphone Les Paul from Guitar Center and with a VOX amp and tons of accessories. I bought 3 of those 4 guitars from the Montgomery GC. There are a couple of great guys that work there. They used to haggle a little on price, however, the company changed it's policy on pricing about 4 or 5 years ago. Now about all you can get out of them is a free set of strings. I would suggest that you sign up for their email list and watch their specials to get the best deal.
I was thinking about the 2012 LP Standard Premium Plus. I love PRS too. Especially enjoy the PRS Santana II. But I'm more of a Les Paul fan. Also giving some thought to a Blackstar HT 60 Soloist. Anybody played through one?
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Thanks to all who replied.
If your interested...I'm selling a Gibson custom shop Reissue 57' VOS Gold top that has barely been played. amazing guitar and a really superior Les Paul in tone and playability. Sounds amazing clean and huge and creamy when warmed up. This would be a great recording guitar.It comes with all of the custom shop paperwork etc...I bought the guitar for about $3200.00 from Bailey Brothers in Birmingham when they had a big sale. I'm just more of an SG Tele guy...sad to see it go but I'm just not a Les Paul guy as bad as wanna be lol
I'm asking $2500.00 if interested.
Somebody buy this guitar^^^^^. I've played it and would buy it from AUGR right this second if u had the $. To the OP.... Dude buy AUGR's gold top. You will be very very pleased.
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Thanks AuGR but I have a 60's VOS Goldtop. But for anyone looking for an LP Goldtop that is a great deal. The VOS (vintage original specs) are very well built Les Pauls.
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