Glen Burton LP Goldtop
The color, all over gold sparkle is pretty good. Nothing like a real “greenish gold” Gibson color, but pretty good and about the same standard as an Epiphone 56 Les Paul goldtop. Paint finish is nice, but you can see where the cream binding had been masked off and the finish around the bindings is not perfect.
I’ve had many Les Pauls and the biggest issue was always the weight. I imagine this solid body, set-neck Glen Burton is made from Asian hardwood, but it is not featherweight, nor does it feel like a boat anchor. I’d say it is “average” in its weight for a Les Paul, just a slight bit
lighter than a real Gibson.
The Neck and action were playable, right out of the cardboard box.
Intonation was in, but the factory strings were the pits! I changed them right away. Action at the 12th fret was a bit high, but when I adjusted
the bass string height, it was better with no lower fret buzz. The Nut was actually nicely cut and the strings sat in nicely and well-spaced.
The humbucking pickups with the chrome covers are really poor quality. Microphonic, noisy, did not sustain enough to my liking, even with good new strings. The height of the pickups was far too low and it made me wonder why? Perhaps a way to mask the low quality sound of the humbuckers?
The Tuners have the old Kluson look, but are low quality and slip and tuning is an ever-present issue.
The bridge saddles are a bit “loose” even under tension and all of low quality.
The capacitors and/or potentiometers are low quality, and the tone control adjustments for both neck and bridge pickups do nothing to blend or alter the sound.
Of all petty things, the front strap holder was positioned “too high up” and my strap kept coming off from it!!
I have always loved Les Paul goldtops, ever since I first saw the band “Free”. For $150, this is a decent guitar for what it is. What it needs are new pickups, better pots and caps, perhaps a better quality bridge/saddle component… Then, it will become a good solid workhorse to play in the studio, to play out and not worry about it’s value or “depreciation” if it gets dinged…