Many guitar players in Malaysia want to own a Gibson Les Paul in their collection, so as me, have been wanted to get one since years back when Gibson released Gibson Les Paul Traditional. The Traditional model that placed in between Studio and Standard where the price tag at USD 2,249 (MSRP).
Now, there are few problems to get a Gibson guitar in this country, the lack of the “exclusive dealer”, stock availability for test up, irresponsible sales person and overprice charged for whatever (shipping, handling fees, bla bla bla…) they counted in. Refer the LYN forum thread here and here. In short, it is troublesome to buy it and having too much risk to put on without testing it. For a person with a limited budget, i have to gets hands-on of the actual guitar to make a right decision.
Had a bad luck on Godin Multiac Steel SA, wrong purchase as it doesn’t suit me. Lesson learned that you have to spend some time (research, review) on the guitar, hands-on the actual unit, play it and don’t buy it yet if you got any doubt else you might regret sooner or later like i did.
(Swee Lee Music Showroom @ Peninsula Plaza, Singapore)
However, there are still good guy dealers that can help you to bring new/used Gibson from US or SG, you may try Music Master (where i bought the lovely 2nd hand Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster) and “famous sofa owner” Dead Eye Guitars Calvim, they provide reasonable price and let you test if stock available. However, for new Gibson Les Paul, problems stated above still exist, such as: you have to order, wait for it to ship over and the most important, what if you don’t like the one you holding?
Since kinda difficult to get it right in Malaysia, therefore i look at Swee Lee Music, the main distributor for Gibson at our neighbour country, Singapore. Swee Lee is the only distributor in Singapore, every other shop that sell new Gibson’s are taken from Swee Lee, refer here, even The Guitar Store in Malaysia. Still not believe? check this on Gibson official website, under both Malaysia and Singapore section: International Distributors