Rhythmline Les Paul Special made in Japan 1970’sRhythmline
Ever heard of Rhythmline guitars? Well, neither have I. But, like most things manufactured in Japan, it was a really pleasant surprise. Featuring the Gibson style open book headstock, a wrap tail bridge, a pair of P-90 soap bar pickups and a super cool looking, aged TV Yellow finish, this baby could fool you into thinking it's the real deal from a few feet away. The bolt on neck is the most obvious give away (Outside of that swanky headstock logo, of course). Weighing a very Gibby like 8 lb. 4 oz., this Rhythmline has a medium to full "C" shaped neck profile. The action is low, very slinky and quite effortless. The double ring tuners holding tuning perfectly. Like most senior guitars, there's some light playwear. There's small dimples, dings and impressions. There's also some light finish checking. Yes, finish checking. The frets, however, show very little wear. Like a good LP Special, the neck pickup tone is smooth, smokey and buttery while the bridge pickup is snarky, bright and biting. There was a time we snickered at these guitar. Not any more. A truly fine example of fine, utilitarian Japanese craftsmanship.