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    Default I want a Kenai......

    Really looking into one of these, a few lower tiered models have popped up recently at very good prices but I missed out.

    I love my McRosie, but it may be time to move it on to try a Kenai.

    I have always wanted a more comfortable Les Paul, but everything I have tried fell short, tonewise.

    Does the Kenai have the same "big sound" that a Les Paul has?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim View Post

    Does the Kenai have the same "big sound" that a Les Paul has?
    I think so. At least the two I've played certainly do. I upgraded the pickups in this one to a WCR Crossroads/Darkburst set and it smokes now. It can hold it's own with my R9 and my Private Stocks.

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    The one I have is awesome but a brighter tone than the LPs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by deweime View Post
    The one I have is awesome but a brighter tone than the LPs....
    With the stock Seth Lovers I noticed a little more brightness too. The WCRs seem to have fixed that issue for me. I also played Pete's Kenai with David Allen pickups and his wasn't bright at all.
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    You know, I really wanted my kenai to be an LP, but it just isn't. That darn John Reardon was right when he said a PRS (or Knaggs) can never be what it isn't. I have lusted for years for a nice light, ergonomic guitar that sounded like a Les Paul. I am afraid it does not exist.

    To me, the Kenai sounds great, but I would put it into a more modern PRS sound than the old school Les Paul sound. I attribute that to the one piece bridge.

    There is just something about a good Les Paul that is hard to describe, can even harder to replicate, but when you play one, you know it is there. The almost Tele like high end. The low ouput pickups. the back ache!!!

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    Yeah, I love my Les Paul, but man it is uncomfortable, clunky and has limited tonal capabilities. But nothing sounds as "big".

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    If Chris ( CRGTR ) still has this one it is a KILLER guitar.
    I owned it for awhile found I was more of a 25" scale guy but highly recommend that guitar

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    You want the LP tone, feel etc that stays in tune and plays like a dream....pass the Kenai as it mixes the LP and Tele because of the open tone of the bridge and buy a SSC or SS2. There's a reason for the design changes Steve asked for.
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    Kenai owners....
    How would you describe the neck carve?
    Is it the similar to any of the PRS carves or to any Gibson Les Paul historical carve? R7, R8, R9, R0?

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    Lol, kinda funny as this was a thread I started two years ago!

    I played a few Kenais since, great guitars, but not a LP replacement.

    I thought the carve on the necks that I played was closest to an R9, maybe a bit flatter and not as full....

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