Gibson Les Paul Standard

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description Mahogany body, carved maple top, and Gibson 490R and 498T humbucking pickups. The polished rosewood fretboard is complemented by trapezoid inlays. Body and neck binding. Premium chrome hardware.
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On 7/12/2006, Adrian Levi (2907) posted:
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I bought this at the House of Guitars in Rochester, New York. I went there specifically because I thought they'd have a lot of left handed guitars. I wanted a Gibson and was originally planning on getting an SG but they didn't have any and they only had two lefty Gibsons. The only other guitars I tried out were a Gretsch solidbody (not sure what model) and a LP Classic Double Cutaway w/ P-90s. I wasn't really considering the Gretsch and the LP Classic was a nice guitar, but it didn't have the warmth of this Standard. So I ended up getting this Standard even though it was $500 over my budget!!
Model Year: 2005
Price: $1900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: House of Guitars in Rochester, NY
Features:
You know all this stuff so I'm not gonna go through it again. It's the same as any LP Standard with a wine red finish. It's really a great guitar but there are still a couple things that I don't like. One is that the jack plate and back plates are made out of plastic. I broke the side plate by over tightening the screws and got a metal one so that is fixed but
Playability:
I got it with the "60s slim taper" neck. Les Paul's are not really known as "shredder guitars" but this one has a very comfortable, fast neck. I like very low action and this can handle it with no noticeable buzzing while still maintaining fairly easy string bending. Obviously getting this guitar won't magically turn you into Paul Gilbert but it helps and makes for a very pleasurable playing experience.
Sound Quality:
What can I say? It has "the Les Paul tone". That warm, rich, thick, creamy distortion made famous by guys like Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, and Warren Haynes. It has really nice clean tones, but it really comes alive with a little overdrive. And, of course that sustain that makes notes just sing forever. Many people say that Les Paul's aren't very versatile, and it may be true that you can only get them to sound like Les Paul but that sound is applicable in any number of musical settings. I can get great country, jazz, metal, and blues tones as well as the rock which it's known for.

The Burstbucker pups are supposed be an exact replica of a PAF with Alnico V magnets so they are aren't shielded as much as the rest of their pups and there is a little noise but it's very minimal.
Durability:
I put strap locks on it as soon as I got it. It seems pretty solid but it's an expensive axe and I don't want to take ANY chances. With the strings properly stretched out it holds tune very well. I haven't had it too long but it should last a long, long time.
On 9/29/2005, Wilson Crocker (8) posted:
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LPs are the best ever!!!!!
Model Year: 1992
Price: $1400.00
Where Obtained: music store
Features:
Us made mahogony groller tuners and groller tune o matic bridge seymor duncan dimebag darrell bridgr pickup graphite nut intonation set to 11 guage strings
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Used various amps/ models mainly marshall and peavey everything is set to "scream" setting... pickups, action, pickup distance... sounds very full and actually not as deep with the seymor duncan... equally excellent for the stage and studio
Durability:
Super reliable intonation i set about once every 6-9 mos
On 7/26/2004, Joe Duggan (57) posted:
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The guitar is the bees knees and it is so great if it was stolen ill find it and kick the person who stole it a new ass
Model Year: 1988
Price: $850.00 pounds
Where Obtained: my guitar teacher
Features:
Made in the us 22 frets for controls 2 tone 2 volume two humbuckers{sp} the best finish ive ever seen on a gibson
Playability:
The action is perfect the neck is nice and chunky and i can play even faster with it i have played on the epiphone les pauls and let me say this is ten times better before i got this i had a hard time with the breakdown in led zeppelins heartbreaker but now i can play it with ease
Sound Quality:
Amazing sound i mainly play rock/blues and it is perfect for it even when you put distortion in it has an amazing low end crunch it has a very warn tone too
Durability:
Its already 16 years old and its still looks new so great durability
On 8/9/2003, Jeff Rice (3314) posted:
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Overall it is a great guitar. One of the American workhorses. If this guitar were stolen, I would definately replace it with another one.!
Model Year: 1992
Price: $600.00
Where Obtained: Private Seller
Features:
It's a standard black/white Les Paul. Standard pickups and with a single cutaway and locking tuners, neck-thru design.
Playability:
The action is incredible on this guitar. It is smooth and plays well. There are a few cosmetic flaws in this particular one but nothing that affects playability. One comment on the neck, I actually like the neck on my American Standard Strat better. Personally, I like the feel of this neck much better. It seems to suit my hands.
Sound Quality:
I play on a peavey amps and this sounds great. It is great for playing rock and even some jazz. Here again, the versitility of the strat is nice, but it is kind of like comparing apples and oranges. They have 2 seperate applications. There is a slight delay in turning the volume nob and the response. Nothing a little tune-up can't fix.
Durability:
The white portions of the guitar are yellowing. It may actually give it some character. Intonation needs to be adjusted frequently but it is otherwise an excellent instrument.
On 8/1/2003, Joe Cuff (49) posted:
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I would definately buy another if this one was lost or stolen. I think the Les Paul looks and sounds great.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $2925.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Kosmic Sound
Features:
My 2002 Les Paul is a very nice guitar. I have always wanted a Les Paul and I thought I would buy a 2nd hand one but after many months scanning the adds I decided to buy a new model and I'm glad I did. My guitar has a very nice flamed top and sounds great. I got a 50's neck and the sustain is unbelievable. A very nice guitar.
Playability:
The action on this guitar is very good although I dit get it fine tuned by a professinal. The only downside is that it is very heavy, but I;m prepared to put up with that because it has got great tone.
Sound Quality:
Great sound for Rock or Blues, I use a Fender amp.
Durability:
Very reliable
On 2/20/2003, Christophe Hare (9) posted:
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Just love the feel and sound.........this is my third one!
Price: $1399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: fredricks music goldsboro nc
Features:
Its a standard plus,made in usa,mahogany bodie and neck,with aaa flametop
Playability:
.060 at the nut and .090 at the twelth fret............................works for me
Sound Quality:
Two marshall jcm 100 watt dsl amps with marshall 4 by 12s
Durability:
Reliable through giging regulary.....tuning differences once i start getting sweaty,but thats what a backup guitar is for
On 7/18/2002, Bry Wilils (96) posted:
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I have owned Gibson, Fender, Guild, Jackson, Kramer, Charvel, and other off brand names. My first guitar was an SG purchased from a friend used in 1977. The tremolo system was f-ed up, and it affected the action. When I could finally afford to buy a new one, I had to settle for some off-brand name, though I would not generally recommend that, as the general problem with various off brands are intonation, action, and fret buzz.

Anyway, this baby plays like butter. The only downside is the weight. Like most Les Pauls, it is HEAVY.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: West LA Music
Features:
Just a standard black standard.
Playability:
I have owed about a dozen and a half guitars over the past 25-odd years, and this is by far the best and easiest guitar I have owned. I had to drop my strings down to 11-58, it plays so easy.
Sound Quality:
Of course a Les Paul has a very versatile sound, as does this one.
Durability:
Stays in tune!
On 11/24/2001, Michael Gray (38) posted:
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Top notch
Model Year: 1991
Price: $800.00
Where Obtained: pawn shop
Features:
Top notch
Playability:
Top notch
Sound Quality:
Top notch
Durability:
Good
On 3/11/2001, Adam David White (40) posted:
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Excellent guitar very hard to get any better and If it were stolen I would find the guy that stole and it well let's just say He wouldn't be happy.
Model Year: 1990
Price: $2500.00 Australian
Where Obtained: Better Music
Features:
This guitar is the real deal. It can be anything you want it to be and I recommend a Les Paul for anyone looking for a good guitar.
Playability:
Playability is great, I also own a fender strat and this guitar has better action than the strat.
Sound Quality:
I use a DOD Multieffects through a Trace Elliot Super Twin amp and the sound is great and often I get commented on the sound and how good it is.
Durability:
This guitar is an Axe and can take anything you throw at it. Very Durable
On 2/26/2001, Brad Hoekman (32) posted:
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Before buying my les paul I tried out some Fender strats, ESP ltd's, gibson flying V, jackson Dinky and an Ibenez RG. The les paul was more expensive than all or most of these but I decided that it was worth paying the extra thousand or so $ because it just sounds and looks so classy is very versatile and if taken care of will last for ever.

If youre serious about playing the guitar just get one!

I bought mine when I was 16. I got a job in a supermarket stocking shelves (night fill) After 2 years of that S--- I had enough money and quit. I made the dream a reality!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $3345.00 Australian (new)
Where Obtained: Derringers music
Features:
Made in the US, a beautiful example of a les paul with a heritage cherry sunburst finish. The 2 Humbuckers give a diverse range of tones. It just sounds great!!!! Its my pride and joy.
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Marshall Valvestate 230R and occasionally a Marshall jcm900. It sings through both amps but especially the JCM900 being a much bigger and expensive tube amp.
Durability:
I take very good care of this guitar but it is obviously very strong. (Although I would never do this) I have seen one these guitars thrown accross a stage into a speaker without any damage.( besides a few scratches)
On 2/18/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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In comparison to other guitars I have owned or played, this Standard exceeds the best points of the Fender Strat, and other leading solid body instruments. I always desired a Les Paul Standard and finally found an affordable used one. The new ones are rather pricey, but they are the best. I might mention that I have never played a bad Gibson and this instrument certainly exemplifies the high standards of the manufacturer and follows in the tradition of Orville Gibson, himself.

The EMG pickups do not have the adjustable screws for balancing the strings as do the regular humbuckers. This is a slight disadvantage, although each end of the EMG pickup can be raised or lowered to balance the strings fairly well.

In summary, the Les Paul Standard represents the highest quality in solid-body guitars, and I would not hesitate to acquire another should the instrument be stolen or damaged. I have recommended this model to many guitarists. After all, when you consider whose name is on the headstock, the owner of this instrument is in fine company.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $750.00
Where Obtained: Brunswick Music Center, Brunswick, OH
Features:
This Les Paul Standard was American made by Gibson, and is comprised of a mahogany body with a carved maple top veneered over the mahogany slab. The fingerboard is dark rosewood, which is more scarce than the lighter brown rosewood available now. The pearl inlays are trapezoidal and add beauty to the instrument. The fingerboard contains 22 frets and the neck has an adjustable truss rod. The neck is mahogany and the scale is 24.75 inches. The controls are the usual Gibson set up of a volume control and a tone control for each pickup. The selector switch chooses either pickup or both. Each tone control can be pulled out to change the phase of the pickups. The pickups are not the standard humbuckers found on all the Les Pauls. Instead, the Norlin group which owned Gibson at that time (1982) tried a new EMG pickup to test consumer response. This guitar sports these EMG pickups, which are very powerful and require a 9-volt battery found under one of the plastic backplates on the back of the instrument. The battery lasts about a year, and when the tone becomes faulty or fuzzy, it is time for a battery change. The instrument is finished in a red metallic lacquer which is very striking in appearance. To add to the over-all beauty of the guitar, the metal parts(bridge, stud, and tuners) are gold plated, which is an option on this model. The body follows the traditional lines of the Standard with a single cut-a-way and binding on the top edge where the top is veneered to the body. Also, the edges of the fingerboard are bound. The six strings pass through the stud tailpiece and over a tune-o-matic bridge. Each string can be micro-adjusted for length with the tune-o-matic bridge in order to make the notes at the twelfth fret match the corresponding natural harmonic at the twelfth fret. The gold-plated tuners are large and have a string-winder that pulls out of the tuning key for rapidly winding a string when it is changed. These tuners were made by Gibson.
Playability:
The fingerboard action can be adjusted very close for ease of playing. The neck is comfortable in my hand and the truss rod can be adjusted to compensate for any slight warp. However, I rarely make this adjustment on an older instrument for fear of cracking the neck. Generally, the action can be adjusted quite well at the tunomatic bridge. I made a slight adjustment of the truss rod only once. I feel that the playability of the Standard far exceeds that of most other guitars I have played. The tone is solid and the sustain is long due to the heavy weight of the mahogany slab. This weight is bothersome to many guitarists, but I am used to it and realize that the sound in great part is improved by the density of the mahogany. The instrument appears to have no flaws in the design or manufacture. It is a well engineered and precision made guitar.
Sound Quality:
The amplifier I use is a small Fender Squire. I use no other effects as I prefer an honest sound. The overall sound works well in the jazz genre for me, although many guitarists in jazz prefer an archtop acoustic. There is no feedback with the solid body guitars compared to the acoustics. The instrument handles other musical styles with ease, including church music played with the choir and/or pipe organ. Rock and pop, of course, fall well on the Standard. The full warm sound stands out compared to other guitars I have used. This guitar is effective in setting quiet moods or in louder high energy musical styles. I have recorded and played live, and this Les Paul Standard performs well in either situation.
Durability:
The Les Paul Standard is a working musicians guitar. It is sturdy and reliable for steady live playing. The controls and hardware have held up admirably. Some of the gold finish on the bridge has worn slighty. The strap-locks have never let the guitar fall. During changes of humidity, the neck will bend ever so slightly and I compensate by adjusting the bridge to raise or lower the strings to maintain good action. (Usually twice a year.) I have found that I prefer a string set based on the 0.010 first string, for ease of playing and holding the tuning.
On 8/16/2000, Paul Lee posted:
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I've tried all kinds of Fender Stratocasters, Teles, etc., but the Gibson Les Paul is my favorite. If you want warm, fat tones and searing solos, go with the Les Paul. Even some of the twangy qualities that I love about Fenders I can still get with my Les Paul by modifying the tubes in my amp. The worst part about owning a Les Paul - the price. It's simply the most expensive guitar out there. Though I shelled out 1600 bucks, I never regret that purchase.
Price: $1580.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Trader
Features:
Mahogany body, carved maple top, rosewood fretboard, 490R and 490T humbuckers.
Playability:
Action is very low and quite easy to play. Neck is smooth and allows for fast fingering. Practice on an acoustic and then let your fingers fly on this Les Paul.
Sound Quality:
I hook this up to a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. At first, the sound was too bassy, dark, and muddy. But I replaced the preamp tubes with ECC83's and the power tubes with GT 6L6S's, and got a beautiful, bright, sound that still keeps the classic warm Les Paul tone. Naturally, the Les Paul is still a bit chunkier and warmer than Stratocasters, but you can still get significant twang and brightness if you modify the amp right. Compared to some Fender Strats, the Les Paul is warmer, fatter, and just plain sweeter.
Durability:
With its ultra-solid construction and weight, this is about the most durable guitar out there. I have never had to make any adjustments to my guitar aside from changing strings.
On 6/2/2000, Christopher Sung (9641) posted:
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I bought this guitar at a time where I was graduating to a top-of-the-line guitar from a copy guitar. I spent some time with different Les Paul (like Studios and Juniors), but this was the one. It also helped that Sam Ash was overstocked at the time, so I was able to pick it up for $560 with case.

You should think about this guitar as an investment. It's applicable for any style and any occassion, and it's a great staple to have whether you're just about to graduate to the next level in your gear setup, or if you want to augment your current setup. I have no idea what the quality is of the current crop of Pauls, but I've also been extremely happy with mine.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $560.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
I got my Les Paul back in '82 for $560 with case. It's cherry sunburst a la Jimmy Page and has a rosewood neck, 2 Gibson PAF pickups, with a volume and tone control for each. It has a 3-way pickup selector switch, a tune-o-matic bridge, and a stop tailpiece. I love those classic mother-of-pearl inlays...
Playability:
The action can go just about as low as you want. This was probably the main reason why I got it. I graduated to this guitar from a Tele copy with a maple neck, and I was initially hesitant about switching to rosewood, but it turned out to be an extremely easy switch.
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Mesa Boogie Mark III amp, and a Korg A3 effects unit. The Boogie distortion combined with the Paul is pretty much all I need for rock and blues. I also used for a while for jazz playing with the same setup and it was just fine.

One word of note: I stupidly had it routed for a Kahler whammy bar in the mid 80's, and the chunk of wood that was taken out definitely cut the highs, resulting in a mellower tone. I later removed the tremolo and fill it in with plastic wood. The sound is not quite the same, but I can definitely live with it.
Durability:
This thing is built like a tank, and weighs almost as much. I haven't had any problems with it in almost 18 years of use, though I have been playing a semi-solid body for my recent jazz stuff.