Gibson Les Paul Classic

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description Everyone should know what a Les Paul has. Two pickups with separate volume and tone controls for each with a three-way switch. The classic has a thinner neck and hotter pickups than the Les Paul Standard.
Posted By Damien Harrison (10)
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On 1/8/2012, Kevin Mccann (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Gibson SG, PRS. More bang for the buck with a Les!
Model Year: 2007
Price: $1700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
Features:
Two Hot pickups (Gibson) I had to compensate the drive on the amp(s) to keep her from squeeling. All Stock from Gibson, the axe is hotter than my American Deluxe Strat fitted with Seymore Duncans.
Playability:
Action is set a bit high but the thin neck makes up for a less "forgiving" fret board.
Sound Quality:
50 watt VOX for now (valvetronics)on board chorus,delay, etc. Morley wah. Great for Rock, R&B, Blues. Very warm tones from a low cost amp. The Classic gets noisy when amp is set to Hard Rock, have to pull back the OD or it picks up ANY and ALL movement on the strings! Great for stage and studio...It is after all, a Les Paul!
Durability:
Most durable axe I have ever owned!
On 12/7/2007, Clinton Milliken (17) posted:
Overall Rating:
I have many guitars that i bought before this one, and this one rocks. i would bye 10 of them if the wife would let me. best thing about this guitar is it never goes out of tune, and the sound is GREAT. its just a little heavy but thats what makes it a gibson.
Price: $1600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: new york
Features:
I love this guitar. the sound is great but i did put some Zakk Wylde EMG signature picups in it and let me tell you, sounds Kick Ass. if you want a great all around guitar, i would sya this is one of the best.
Playability:
Very smooth and fast with the 60s slim neck.
Sound Quality:
Sounds deep and heavy played through a JCM800 marshall 100wt head. best guitar i ever played. it is great for any style of music. sounds great no matter where you play it.
Durability:
This thing never goes out of tune. plus its built like a tank. it landed on the floor countless time but outher than a few scratches, nothing ever went wrong with it.
On 7/19/2001, Matthew Hoover (4) posted:
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Many ...many.Heritage..prs...studied all the custom jobs on Ed Roman's site (GREAT SITE buy the way. Just had to have a Paul, no excuse, but I grew up in a time when that was one of the "must own" guitars. Like the 60's neck too. I think that Gibson should pay better attention to detail, but the guitar is still a beautiful thing. Hell, it's a paul.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1000.00
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
I replaced the pickups with classic 57 pluses because the two that came with it were too hot for my liking
Playability:
Neck is slim taper, which I love as it feels like my old Fender J bass. I have an sg that has the wider rounded neck like most pauls so I have the best of both worlds. I love it. I am in the process of redoing the setup on the guitar and the neck is in great shape. There was no need to reset the truss rod etc. I am not "joe guitar" but have been around every kind of git that has been built for 30 years off and on.
Sound Quality:
I play with a peavey ultra 112. It is a tube job. I combine it with line 6 pedal board and line 6 pod with an RMC wah. I get what I need and then some because I am an old school rock guy. I played bass for years (65 Fender Jazz, my baby) and love piano so my music interests are broad.
Durability:
I have heard guys say that the classic seems delicate They must be headbangers. Get strap locks if you jump into crowds. A guitar is like a fine peice of furniture. Treat it with respect....haven't had the paul that long. But don't see any problems that you wouldn't get from most guitars.
On 2/26/2001, Carl Phillips (11977) posted:
Overall Rating:
I really didn't compare any guitars when I bought this because I wanted a Les Paul. If it were stolen however, because of the neck scale I would probably get a Jackson Soloist. Overal though a very fine instrument.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Alpha Music, Virginia Beach, VA
Features:
US made mahogany body with maple cap. Set mahogany neck, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard,2 volumes, 2 tone controls, 3 way selector switch. 498R & 500T humbuckers, honeyburst finish, single cutaway.
Playability:
I give this guitar 4 stars in this category simply because of the 24 inch neck scale. If you are used to guitars with a 25 inch neck scale, you may find it hard to get used to this. However, it plays like butter.
Sound Quality:
I run this guitar through a Mesa Boogie Nomad 55. And get complete range of tones from it. However, the pickups are very,very hot. Which can make tone tweaking somewhat of a hassle due to feedback.
Durability:
Definitely reliable and virtually maintenance free. I adjust it probably once every 6 months.
On 1/29/2001, Jason Hensley (3962) posted:
Overall Rating:
If someone stole this guitar from me......they would have to put me in jail. Because I would end their life force. Not really but.......I would replace this guitar if it were stolen. The favorite part I like about this guitar is the sound and attack it has. The only thing I dislike about it is the fact that its hard to play anything clean with it, you have to turn down the volume on your guitar to about 7 or 8 to really clean it up. But thats fine becasue of the overall rating this guitar has. This guitar is my favorite guitar. I play rock and metal and I love it, even blues and jazz. If you like that type of music try this guitar out.....a little overpriced but they are very sweet!
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: A Friend
Features:
Its a Les Paul, This guitar is all guts and no frills. I really like the simplistic, yet classy look. Its cherry suburst. The neck is of the slim taper design and it is really comfortable guitar. Its everything you could want. Single ply binding and a beautiful finish!
Playability:
This guitar plays fantastic! I love the feel of it. Its solid and has good sustain. Its not the fact the neck is made on the body but the desgin of the guitar as a whole. This is why the weigh a ton. But I don't see all the fuss about it, because its tollerable. The slim taper neck reduces fatigue and helps you play with speed and accuracy. The reason I gave this a 4 is because the guy that had this before me had the action raised a bit, and I like mine low.....other wise I would have given it a 5.
Sound Quality:
I love the sound this guitar has. I have always looked for a guitar that had a really hot attack to it. I fianlly found it. The ceramic humbuckers make this guitar super hot. The neck is really crunchy and good for playing rythem, also blues and lower tone solos.The bridge is all over the leads becasue the bridge really rips has very agressive lows and sonic ripping highs. And thats what I like when I am soloing. Helps me rip through the band when Im playing live or recording. It is really good when pared with a Marshall JCM TSL 2000 *just got it today* head and through a marshall stack, I don't use any effects except for the distortion on the amp and the reverb on the amp, the only peddals I use are a Cry baby whaa, and a delay. Thats it and I love it.
Durability:
I don't really know about this.....had it for a day. I don't really wanna find out. I will never play this guitar with out strap locks. Because it weighs a ton and if it would come off and hit a hard floor it could really do the damage to it. And plus I treat all my guitars with tender loving care!
On 11/13/2000, Bruce Maag (15581) posted:
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People claim LP's are too heavy. That is true, and is some thing you get used to. I have owned many LP's. It is the only guitar I use. Although, I have been thinking about an EVH Music Man, for it's locking tremolo system. I have not tried one, so I don't know yet. This particular LP seems to keep in tune better than others. I can really punish the strings, and it will hold. This guitar can't be better. It's already proven itself.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $1200.00
Where Obtained: Private owner
Features:
This is a 1960 reproduction. The only LP made with a thinner neck. The neck only changes 1/10" from 1st to 12th fret. It was made in the US. It has a mahogany solid body, with a maple top. It is also a gold top. It has been fitted with '57 passive pickups. But they are hotter than you think. Better than the OEM pickups that came with it. It has the single cutaway style, as most LP's have.
Playability:
I have always used LP's, and at first I had to get used to the wide neck. But as I mentioned earlier, The 1960 is very popular for it's narrow neck. This LP has excellent action. I play faster with this model LP. I am an avid LP player for years. I have tried other axes, but nothing compares to the tone of a Les Paul. This axe is flawless.
Sound Quality:
I use a Marshall tube amp and a Boss ME-30 processor. My style of guitar ranges from mild to heavy rock. Lead guitar. This guitar will fit any style of music. Like I said, this thing is known for it's tone. Good on stage or studio.
Durability:
On 8/20/2000, Stan Blackburn (87) posted:
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Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this guitar. I had to go through seven guitars before I could finally settle on this one. That is right, seven! I tried Epi LPs (crap), the DC Studio (nice, but ugly and too simple), 1999 LP Studio (much thinner piece of mahogany than the Standard and Classic thus effecting the tone, even though the sales guy insisted it was the same depth -- it's measureably thinner and lighter), and several used LPs. This Classic was "the apple of my eye" ever since the beginning of my guitar hunt two months ago. I was being cheap in searching for an LP sound, look, and feel at around $500.00. I had to learn that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to guitars. I will enjoy this guitar for decades and its value will only increase. Do youself a favor, don't skimp if you are looking for an LP. Get the model you want and bargain the price down a couple hundred bucks. You will thank yourself in the long run.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music (had to haggle for price)
Features:
USA made in Nashville. Highlighted in this model are the following features: 60's slim-taper neck (fastest Gibson neck made), 500T Alnico pickup in bridge and 496R Alnico in the neck (best rock/metal combination available on a Les Paul), binding on neck and body, mahogany back, carved maple top, Deluxe vintage-style tuners (they should have saved themselves some money and the customer potential tuning problems and went with Grovers), ABR bridge, and included pigskin case. My model is ebony with rosewood fingerboard and cream binding. The tuners are nickle with a chrome bridge and tailpiece.
Playability:
The factory set-up was par. The action was high, but intonation was right on. The guitar looked beautiful and there were no flaws in the construction. Gibson gives you a high quality instrument. I played a Standard and Classic side-by-side when I purchased this guitar, and the reason I purchased the Classic was the superior sound of the pickups and the uniquely comfortable feel of the tapered neck.
Sound Quality:
This guitar has a very hot sound with overdrive. The pickups are the hottest Gibsons made, making the overdrive rich and full in the treble position. In the rhythm position, the overdrive is bassy and deep, not muddy and too dark. In comparison to my LP Studio with 498T/490R, these pickups are much hotter and less trebley. The 500T/496R sound incredibly clear and bell-like through a clean channel with a touch of chorus/delay (or without any effects). The bridge pickup, however, wants to overdrive the sound, so you must turn the volume back to 8 for true clean sounds. The neck pickup is deep, rich and jazzy when played clean at all volumes. The tone of the guitar is rich in sustain like a Paul should be; the thick mahogany back allows for plenty of resonating sound. I played a Standard and Classic side-by-side when I purchased this guitar, and the reason I purchased the Classic was the superior sound of the pickups and the uniquely comfortable feel of the tapered neck. Essentially, the Standard sounded darker in the neck position and more tinny in the bridge.
Durability:
With strap locks to insure the guitar does not drop, this guitar will outlive most other models. It is solid, through and through. TLC and proper care are all it needs to last into its vintage years. I would definately depend on this guitar without a backup.
On 8/13/2000, Steve Kobak (9) posted:
Overall Rating:
Well if your into a cleaner sound i suggest you just change the pick-ups because the slim taper neck it great. I wouldent trade this guitar for anything and i sincerly mean that.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: sam ash cleveland oh
Features:
I honestly dont thinkl there is a better guitar on the market for players like me. this is one of the mid range les pauls in terms of price but its definatly one of the absolute best. My favorite features on the classic are the slim taper neck and the super hot pick-ups. The biggest disadvantage of the pick-ups is that its pretty hard to play anything clean on the bridge position. nice heritage sunburst finish and beutiful aged inlays.
Playability:
Its somtimes hard for me to switch between my two les pauls because of the slim neck. It very fast!!!!!!!. the guitar is pretty heavy but its tolerable
Sound Quality:
If you primarily play rock metal and blues this is your guitar. anything with distortion is good. the pick-ups give it some extra gain. if you play blues leave it on clean and youll get some mild gain.
Durability:
Well ever since i bought this one it hasnt left my basement because im afraid that ill skrew it up. ill just leave the rating at five because i havent abused it and its been holding up well
On 4/16/2000, J K Sweeney (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Wondrous axe - you can't go wrong with this one for a great Les Paul vibe/tone.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: East Coast Music Mall
Features:
It's fantastic. Looks like a dream, flawless finish, came with a good quality case. Love the honeyburst.
Playability:
Love the slim taper neck - extremely comfortable and playable. Well set up, also - the store from which I purchased it gives a free setup with every guitar, and I've not bothered to use it yet. Plays beautifully with the standard factory setup.
Sound Quality:
Everything you could want from a Les Paul and then some. Rich and warm, nicely hot humbuckers that still allow you to hear the guitar, not just the pickups. A little more defined and less mellow than a Standard.
Durability:
Don't wanna find out - I'm handling it, like my other guitars, with extreme TLC.
On 8/3/1999, Damien Harrison (10) posted:
Overall Rating:
My favourite guitar. But why they're called "Classics" I don't know. They have a thinner neck for faster playing and higher output pickups. Plus they're among the finest and most well made instruments you can find. "Les Paul Modern" would be more apt IMO. But the hotter pickups are probably to drive the vintage amps a bit harder. Fantastic guitars. My only misgiving is that the neck pickup is a little too hot. It's hard to clean up with the guitar volume.
Price: $2500.00 Australian Dollars
Where Obtained: Melbourne, Australia
Features:
Standard Les Paul compliment. No frills. All balls.
Playability:
Difficult to go from an Ibanez type guitar to one of these. But the readjustment passes. Flawless playability, but each Gibson is unique. So if you're in the market for one, try before you buy.
Sound Quality:
The maple top gives it that classic Les Paul bite. Pair it with a Marshall-type amp with EL34 tubes and you'll fall in love. The only misgiving is the neck pickup is a little too hot for the guitar volume to clean up on some hi-gain settings.
Durability:
Solid performer. Never let me down.