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    Austin Les Paul???

    Saw one of these on CL for $100, and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the Austin Les Paul copy. Looks pretty nice in the pic, and every review I've read online says they're big bang for the buck, but these reviews could just as easily be written by complete noobs or Austin staff lol. I noticed the neck is bolted on though, and I've never seen that before with a LP clone. Would it be a waste of money, or are they actually decent?

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    well, I played an Austin strat and an Austin Tele.. both are crap.. a setup can make it better.. but I don't know man.. I was kind of turned off.. I like the Greg benett guitars better..

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    I suspect Austin guitars are Chinese copies of popular brands. I do not recall ever seeing or playing one. I remember playing Les Paul clones that had a bolt on neck. I like some of these bolt-on-neck guitars. Clean they sound good (not great, not as nice as the Gibson) but with distortion they can be nice sounding.

    I think two major costs associated with the Gibson Les Paul are the (1) set (glued on) neck and (2) arched top. Eliminate those two items and the price of a guitar might be about $ 100 to $ 200.

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    I had an Austin Strat once, around 1998. It wasn't bad for a beginner guitar, it was on par with Squiers of that time.

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    I played an Austin Les Paul with a set neck when I tried out an amp a few weeks back. It wasn't very impressive to me-my Epiphone Les Paul Plus top sure has a lot more mojo, but it's had a very good set-up and the Austin definitely did not.
    The neck seemed to be too slim for my hands and the pickups kind of weak-to me anyway-but for the price of upgraded pickups it may be a winner for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeahDoIt View Post
    I think two major costs associated with the Gibson Les Paul are the (1) set (glued on) neck and (2) arched top. Eliminate those two items and the price of a guitar might be about $ 100 to $ 200.
    I think you nailed it - that's about what an Epi Les Paul Special II costs. Coincidence?

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    Austin LP

    These seem pretty cool for the cash

    Set neck, maple/rosewood, carved solid cherry body. The pick-ups sound great. I only played and bought one, a Gold Top. So the QC could seriously vary from one to another.

    But this ones pretty cool. Mini pots and switch etc are all junk, but new they'll work for a bit. Great fret work and action. I don't think you can beat them for the cash. I been kind lucky with the China build cheap electrics. Honestly I prefer them to Indonesia and Korea especially for the bucks.

    Try one you may be surprized. Oh the neck is right between a 60 and 50 profile LP. Closer to a 50. I played it next to Hamer with Seths and the Chian built pups are pretty cool. I like them beter than the Epi Standards. But hey to each there own. The Epi pups I don't care for for. In my Standard Faded LP I use the BB-Pro in the neck and swapped the BB bridge out for a 498 giving it two Alnico V pups. If you never tried this set-up in a LP or SG give it a try. I'm shocked Gibson doesn't use this set. I've installed a few sets for other players after playing mine so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenderman View Post
    These seem pretty cool for the cash

    Set neck, maple/rosewood, carved solid cherry body.
    Except the one in the OP is a bolt-neck. Typically when a cheapie copy manufacturer has two versions of it's copies of what was originally a setneck guitar, the bolt-neck version is pretty much crap, as is the case even with Epiphone (their LP Special II). I avoid bolt-necl copies of setnecks.

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    Yes the Bolt-Ons in a set-neck style electric are a less expensive model.

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    Long Neck tenon also. I believe China used a 57-GT RI as a template for this LP copy. The Gold finsish is dead ringer for Gibsons. The binding, neck profile, fret size. I swapped out the electronics and caps. Which seriously helped the sustain. The poles needed to be tweaked especially of the B and G string.

    I believe the Pick-ups are chinas Tone Riders which are very usable. I wouldn't change them. A/B'd with a 59/JB set in a Mahogany/maple LP I actually prefer these. They are not my Seths, but the price of one Seths is about the same as the Austin LP set-neck new. Impessive though. hey wehn you spend under 200 for an electric and its this usable something should be said for it.











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