I was in the market for a new Les paul and was checking out the 2013 and 2012 standards.
I was wondering if there was any signifcant difference between the 2013 and 2012. While my budget can reach the 3k for a LP, I wanna try my best to save as much money as possible, so I wouldn't mind getting a 2012 or a used model in order to shave off that extra 700ish bucks.
So apparently there is a standard and a standard premium plus. Are the differences between these 2 worth the extra 700? Because apparently from the links below I can get a 2013 premium AAA for 2,300. While buying just a regular LP 2013 or 2012 AA can cost up to 3,000. The 2,300 for a AAA premium 2013 seems a little too good to be true, so I wanted some advice from you more seasoned guitarists.
Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AA Electric Guitar Trans Black 88683061786 | eBay
2013 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar | eBay
Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AA Electric Guitar | Musician's Friend
Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013 Electric Guitar | Musician's Friend
The premium usually has a nicer top (although plenty of plain old standards get tops just as nice, and theyre frankly nothing that special usually anyways), and has burstbuckers and some extra electronics.
That said, I wouldn't even consider buying a les paul newer than the early 80s with out playing it first, even if the place was better with returns than kurt. Just too inconsistant for the cash. Some play great but are just tonal dogs, some sounds awesome but play like shit, and some suck. And there are some awesome ones in there. If I were les paul shopping (for gibsons), I'd expect to go play up to 50-100 before I'd find one worth the coin.
Look into a used Heritage. You can probably save a good bit of $, and get a much nicer guitar.