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    Premium woods and modern electronics adorn the 2012 Les Paul Standard from Gibson.

    All the sumptuous ingredients that makes the Les Paul name great are in the 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar in spades: your choice of a skillfully carved plain or AAA figured maple top on a mahogany back perfectly joined to a mahogany neck, Burstbucker Pro pickups each fitted with coil-split capability, locking tuning machines, and neck and body binding, this is truly a full-featured, loaded Les Paul and now features a compound-radius rosewood fretboard. Also, new “modern” weight relieving is carefully applied inside the mahogany back to provide outstanding balance while optimizing the sonic capabilities of the guitar.

    Burstbucker Pro Humbuckers
    Gibson’s drive to recapture the magic of the original “Patent Applied For” humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design—the Burstbucker Pro, designed specifically for Les Paul Standards. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coils—true to the original PAFs—which supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback. A high-quality Switchcraft® output jack ensures a perfect connection to your cable allowing the purest signal to leave the guitar.

    2 Push/Pull Tone controls
    In addition to controlling tone, one is a phase switch which allows for new tonal flavors, especially when used in combination with the coil-splitting feature. The other engages the “Pure Bypass” circuit which sends the bridge pickup signal straight to the output jack to deliver the most direct, pure and dynamic signal possible.

    Coil Tapping
    The bridge and neck pickups can each be split via their own push/pull switch on the volume knob to achieve a single-coil tone. This coil-tapping function allows you to instantly achieve brighter, snappier tones from this humbucker-loaded guitar, to replicate the sounds of other classic guitars equipped with single-coil pickups, and to return to the Les Paul Standard's thick, warm, powerful, full-humbucking tone at the push of a knob. Frequency-tuned “Fat Tap” coil tapping creates a fatter single coil tone with great output and balance when switching from dual to single coils. Single coil configurations are specially designed to be “hum-reducing”.

    Neck Profile
    The 2012 Les Paul Standard is fitted with Gibson’s classic ’60s slim-taper neck profile, which is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. A compound radius rosewood fingerboard allows for comfort, speed and precision at all points up and down the neck. It accommodates lower string height while achieving unrestricted, smooth, upper-register string bending.

    Locking Grover Tuners
    The 2012 Les Paul Standard is outfitted with locking tuners from Grover, which deliver ease of use through a standard tuner and positive locking mechanism that securely locks each string in place. Simply insert each string through the string hole, turn the dial on the bottom of the tuner to lock the string, and begin tuning. Each string can be tuned to pitch in less than one complete revolution of the post. These Grover machine heads feature completely sealed components with an improved 18:1 tuning ratio.

    Gibson Hardshell case included.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • Carved AAA flame maple top (plain top on solid colors)
    • 24.75" Scale mahogany '60s slim-taper set neck
    • Rosewood fretboard with compound radius
    • 22 Medium frets
    • Trapezoid inlay
    • Gibson Burstbucker Pro humbucking neck pickup with coil-tap
    • Gibson Burstbucker Pro humbucking bridge pickup with coil-tap
    • Individual volume and tone controls
    • 2 Push/Pull Tone controls
    • 3-Way pickup selector
    • Tune-o-matic bridge
    • Stopbar tailpiece
    • Grover locking keystone tuning machines
    • Gibson hardshell case included
    • Includes case

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    Gibson2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (17)
    • Fun to play (16)
    • Good tone (16)
    • Solid electronics (15)
    • Good pick up (14)

    Cons

    • Fret buzz (3)

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (9)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

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    Best

    Overall I love this guitar. I am replacing a 1968 Les Paul that was stolen from me. Had that guitar for 35 years. I think that this is the best sounding Les Paul...Read complete review

    Overall I love this guitar. I am replacing a 1968 Les Paul that was stolen from me. Had that guitar for 35 years. I think that this is the best sounding Les Paul that has been produced since the late 60's.
    Finish is excellent - much improved, however still not PRS quality. Some very minor manufacturing imperfections.
    Tone however is awesome. Great idea to borrow Page's setup for the electronics. Coil tap and out of phase sound fantastic.
    Disappointed in the PLEK setup. Strings have to be higher than I am used to to avoid fret buzz, especially above the 14th fret.

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    Good But Not Great

    Overall the guitar plays and looks great but it sounds a little weak, has some tuning issues, and could use taller frets. I appreciate Gibsons attempts to improve the standard with the higher...Read complete review

    Overall the guitar plays and looks great but it sounds a little weak, has some tuning issues, and could use taller frets. I appreciate Gibsons attempts to improve the standard with the higher quality top, improved tuners, electronic upgrades, compound radius fret board, and better designed weight relief BUT the baby frets, cheap nut, pick up sound, and 2 piece glued together fret board are a deal killer for me.
    Gibson made a good effort to improve the features but they missed on a few points. First off this new modern weight relief is the ticket. It just feels right. The push/pull, bypass, and phase switch electronic upgrades are absolutely great. I mean if you can have more features but have the ability to go back to that classic Les Paul sound why not right? The AAA top is a nice improvement as well as this a 2k + guitar with the name Gibson on it so this should be a given. They placed the highest quality locking tuners on this model as well which I can appreciate. I do have a few issues though. They decreased the fret size to a medium down from a medium jumbo. The frets are just way to short and my finger tips drag on the board, especially in the upper region. Another feature that needs improvement is the nut. I wish they would just get a contract with Graphtech already as these plastic nuts are horrid for tuning. Im not a fan of the burstbuckers either. I have a Les Paul with 57 classics and they make the burstbuckers sound hollow and a little weak.
    The quality in some areas is great and in others not. The fret board and frets are flawless and immaculate. The locking Grover tuners with 18:1 ratio are the best you can get. The finish could be better though. The top on this one has scratches all over it as if someone left it on a buffing wheel too long and it's not very shiny. The nut isnt so hot as mentioned before and the guitar has tuning issues. Ive played guitars a third of the price with a Graphtech self lubricating nut that stayed in tune better.
    For the price Id like to see better sounding pick ups, a higher quality nut, and different neck radius and fret size options. A little more attention to detail on the finish is in good order as well. Some people arent going to like the compound radius and being stuck with these tiny short frets is no fun.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Gibson LP standard is awesome!

    By Bluesguitarist

    from Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Awesome
    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Beautiful

    Best Uses

    • Anything Any Music
    • Jamming

    Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

    Just bought from MF this LP standard is just amazing awesome tones and beautiful to look at sustain is amazing the best Gibson I have ever owned.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar, but it was not brand new.

    By Guitarplayer

    from Connecticut

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Locking Tuners Act Up
    • Minor Finishing Flaws

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

    First off, I will say that this is a beautiful looking and sounding guitar. I bought a 2012 Premium Plus in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. My main issue with Musician's Friend is that they sold this guitar to me as new, but it had clearly been opened and played and had a couple of very minor scuff marks from a strap. I am assuming that it had been previously returned. The plek sticker had been removed and the "private reserve" people had even left a note inside of the box. Ah, hello, this is supposed to be brand new and factory sealed. Anyway, they gave me a small credit back to make up for the issues, and I do love the guitar, so I kept it. I have had Musician's Friend send me used Fender guitars as new in the past too, so be on the look out for this issue.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The real deal

    By wammajamma

    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

      This is perhaps the greatest musical instrument I own. Sounds amazing through my mesa boogie ta-30. Great tone not r8 or r9 but almost there without spending all that extra cash.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A work of Art

      By CMAC

      from Baton Rouge, La

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

        I ordered the Trans Amber AAA flame and was a little skeptical how it would look. Well, when I finally had the courage to open the box, which was packed very nicely to prevent damage, I was just in awe.

        Just a thing of beauty. Sounds great, fun to play. Thank you MF for taking the time to help me get what I always wanted, a great guitar that also is a work of art.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar - Gibson Les Paul 2012

        By Forensicguy

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Needs Speed Knobs
        • Needs strap locks

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

        44 years playing guitar so far! I have had two other Gibson Les Pauls in my lifetime... a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and also the 25th Anniversary Les Paul (still have this one).

        This new Les Paul has the asymmetrical neck which really feels great and makes playing so much easier. The tone options are great too with the pull-out knobs. The only suggestions is for Gibson to put strap locks (I prefer the Schaller versions) and to replace the top-hat pot knobs with their Speed Knobs. I replaced both things (purchased through Musicians Friend) and that makes the guitar a lot more enjoyable to play since I don't have to worry about dropping the guitar off the strap and switching out tones and changing volume is so much easier now.

        Highly recommended guitar! I was lucky to get the guitar at a substantial discount when it was on sale, but even at its normal price, I'd still recommend this guitar! I purchased the Light Burst color option and it does not have any shades of Red on the top as you see in the photos on Musician's Friend. It actually looks like the Trans Amber finish but with a very slight darkening around the edges to create a very faint sunburst. Excellent coloring! The only other thing is the reddish finish on the mahogany back and sides. It would look better if it were just a more natural color instead of the red. Oh well, I can live with it!

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        5.0

        Amazing Tone!!!

        By Dfan

        from Houston

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great Set Up Plek
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Minimal Cometics Issues

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

        The guitar is amazing!!! The tone and sound are great so many different tones with the pick ups allows for many styles of play. I did have to get another sent to me as the first one had a few very small issues cosmeticly but MF sent me another one right away and it was perfect! This was the first time I ever bought an instrument without playing it first and it paid off. MF has great customer service!! would do it again in a heart beat.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The Good Bad & Ugly

        By Bunky

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Plays like a dream
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Tone Knobs Don't Fit

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

          The good
          This is the best playing guitar I have ever used that is why I bought it. In addition to this Les Paul, I own a PRS McCarty and a Fender Deluxe Strat. My new Les Paul Standard has the lowest action (1/16) without fret buzz of the three. I credit this to the compound radius neck and short scale length. Both the PRS and Strat tend to fret out when bending strings beginning around the 12th fret causing me to have to raise the action to (3/32).

          My new LP is very versatile with all the switching options. I agree it does not sound like an older LP with the 490T pup. It does a have a great range of sounds including something close to the PAF pup. If you want the muddy hot humbucker sound look elsewhere, the new pups on the standard are clean for a humbucker and sing on the highest notes. I really like the Strat Quack you can get through the switching.

          The Bad
          I am not a fan of the pleaking process. In that it leaves some steps in the fretboard wood adjacent to the fret. The neck binding does not match the profile of the fret and looks ragged. Gibson could have spent time cleaning this up but didn't. I spent three hours cleaning up the binding at the fret ends. On the other had I think the frets are level evidenced by the low action.

          Overall I like the neck, but who is ever satisfied. I don't notice the asymmetric neck at all. It feels more like a D shaped neck. I would have liked it a touch thinner. But then a "C" shaped neck like the Fender Strat would have been great for wrapping the thumb.

          The Ugly
          The two volume pots have the finer traditional knob splines and the two tone pots have the splines spaced wider, like the Eppiphone, so the knobs don't fit on to the tone controls. Gibson's answer apparently was to get a bigger hammer. The guitar arrived with the tone knobs unseated, crooked, and forced on so tight I thought the maple top would shatter when I was taking them off. I had to drill out the knobs to fit the tone controls larger splined shafts. I have had tuning problems and have to lubericate the nut with each set of strings.

          The 3A and 4A tops look great. I'll give the finish on the top a B for quality as there are imperfections such as dust in the finish. The finish on the back and sides of the guitar are really ugly. The wood surfaces are sanded unevenly, the rounded corners are not consistent in curvature, there is debris in the finish and the buffing looks half done. I recently refinished a guitar in lacquer and mine looks much better. Even the Eppiphone guitars look better. Don't let Gibson tell you the defects are a result of the labor intensive lacquer process. If they can't do better than this perhaps they should also switch to a modern finish. The finish quality and workmanship of both my Fender and PRS guitars superior.

          So if it has all these defects why did I buy it? It plays and sounds great.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Almost Excellent

          By Kaicho

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

            It's a pleasure to play with the slim asymmetrical and compound radius neck. I have a number of Gibson guitar neck types and this is one is slimmer feeling.

            Plek'd did a great job with fret leveling and nut cutting; however, the frets were not smooth. If you do bends, you can feel gritty frets. Closer inspection revealed a lot of fine sanding lines on the top of the frets(bus top crowning profile)and unusual deeper cuts on the sides (not affecting playability). I sanded all the frets, polished them, and did minor crowning.

            For the bridge PU, I'm contemplating changing the value of the white capacitor that is inline in single coil setting. It almost has the same tone as a humbucker mode.

            For the price...Trans amber sure is pretty and it's worth it!

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            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Product

            By Nitesh

            from Westlake Village, CA

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                  Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

                  I liked it

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                  5.0

                  Best Playing, Best Feeling

                  By Navaho

                  from NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Slight Cosmetics

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium AAA Electric Guitar:

                  First I want to say purchasing from Musician's Friend is simpley the best. I have been dealing with other dealers and NOT ONE comes close to customer support then Musician's Friend. I will make them my one and only because they mean to please!!!
                  The 2012 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar is one of the best sounding, feeling I ever had. I really enjoy everything about it righ down to the great case. The neck feels comfortable with no hand strain. The setup was perfect due to the Gibson Plek System. Check out the video on YouTube on this Plek System, it may encourage you. I urge people to make the purchase espicially from Musician' Friend. I thank you to all the people I delt with in the past and I am looking forward to my next purchase with you!

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