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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 œmodern 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' drive to recapture the magic of the original œPatent 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 œPure 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 œFat 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 œhum-reducing.

Neck Profile
The 2012 Les Paul Standard is fitted with Gibson' 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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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)
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    • 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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(38 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good But Not Great

By MattT

from Ohio

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

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.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson gets it right!

By Telefuel

from Virginia

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

Heartily recommend
Gibson has finally come around and has gotten me back. After migrating to PRS and Melancon for the last few years, I now have a Les Paul I can play and has the options I need to GIG!
the coil taps, locking tuners and well thought out weight relief make this a winner. Every sound is usable!
Everything from shipping ,to fit and finish was flawless and I'm pretty critical when it comes to spending this much money
This guitar has it all....don't complain about The price as if it's some off shore import. Some of r those are pretty good actually, but this is THE Gibson Les Paul Standard

(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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Player's Les Paul!

    By Sultan of Switchmasters

    from Manistee, MI

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • The Neck Is Perfect Shape

    Cons

    • Inside Case -sharp Debris

    Best Uses

    • Play Out Live

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

    This is the best Les Paul, off the rack, I have ever played/owned. The '60's style neck feels great. It rings acoustically. The Tones available from the Burstbucker pickups and new push/pull switching system controls are all useful. The pickups sound great with a variety of Fender, Mesa Boogie, Vox, and Gibson amplifiers that I play through regularly. I dig the single coil P-90 tone availability! The guitar is lightweight enough to play 4 sets. The fit and finish are perfect. The Premium Plus top was actually a highly figured, book-matched piece of maple, with no dark spalting veins. Wow! It is a very good value for a new Gibson. My construction concerns are: Why didn't Gibson use their jumbo frets, as one is accustomed to find on a good Les Paul? The medium frets are O.K, but not what the most players want. And, why did they use low budget, dark amber colored "Top Hat" style knobs? These knobs not only are aesthetically unpleasing (they look cheap and the numbers are not even white), but make it difficult to pull up the switch. I replaced my control knobs pronto, with gold Gibson brand "Speed Knobs". If you do this mod, beware of other brands that might not fit the knurled control shaft. It not only looks way better, but I can easily pull up the switches, and do "pinkie" volume swells. This modification should also prevent fingernail scratches around the controls. If Gibson intends to keep the top hat knobs, players would be with probably be much happier with push/push switches, and a better looking knob.
    As this production line axe stands, it is close enough to perfect for me. It's a keeper.
    A quality control niggle that I have is that when the guitar was first pulled from the case, I found underneath the guitar, a stray metal latch rivet and sharp chunk of wood debris. This left minor scratches in my guitar, but I should be able to rub them out. I kindly suggest that inspectors should check under the side padding, where construction debris can hide.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful guitar

    By LP123

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Not sure yet

    Best Uses

    • Any

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

    Even the case is impressive (and seems to be cake scented). The guitar looks perfect and plays beautifully. I was nervous about what some people were writing about the nut, and it did seem to pinch the g string a bit at first, but now after only a short time, I no longer notice any problems with tuning. Not being much of a guitar nut afficionado, I can't really address that issue more than that. The weight is perfect. The details, neck binding, tuners, etc. all seem exquisite to me. I am really looking forward to experimenting with the push/pull controls more. Overall, everything is as solid and classy as I expected it to be. Also, the guitar was delivered quickly.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Plays like Butaahh

    By Gary6531

    from Florida

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

    Finish is excellent, Great playability. Love the locking tuners and am getting used to the switchable pick up combinations.
    That is what I thought when I spent some serious time playing it. I own 2 strats, a tele and a country gentleman. Love them all, but this really impressed me out of the box.
    Great quality and is worth the extra investment. Comes set up great.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A leap forward for Gibson.

    By Audio Monk

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Beautiful Wood Choices
    • Easy String Bending
    • Excellent Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Very resonant

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This is one of the best feeling Gibson guitars I've ever played.The 2012 LP Standard is a true leap forward for Gibson. This is bigger than the Robot guitar or any other flashing thing they've made.The 2012 LP's are the best guitars to come out of Gibson USA in years, probably decades.I'm proud to own something this great, that was made here in the USA.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar, but it was not brand new.

      By Guitarplayer1971

      from Cos Cob, CT

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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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Almost Excellent

      By Kaicho

      from San Francisco, CA

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      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!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very happy with my Les Paul Standard

        By NEW_LPSTD_OWNER

        from Fort Worth, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Flawless Craftmanship
        • Good Feel
        • Great Action
        • Solid Electronics
        • Variety Of Great Tones

        Cons

        • Small Strap Buttons

        Best Uses

        • Great Go-to Guitar

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

        I just bought an Ebony Les Paul Standard and couldn't resist sharing my thoughts.

        A lot of ink has been spilled about the features and characteristics of the modern LP Standards, so you should know what you're getting in that regard.

        I'd just like to provide info on the specific Les Paul that I received. In my case, the guitar was as close to perfect as could be expected. The finish was flawless front to back. No orange peeling, swirls, hazing, or scratches. No tolerances at any of the joints. The binding was flawlessly applied, again, with no spacing at any of the joints. The setup is fast and smooth with no fret buzz whatsoever. The supplied case is very high quality and would have been expensive if purchased separately.

        I've seen a certain amount of grousing about the quality in the Les Paul line, but my experience seems to run counter to any of those concerns.

        My only very minor complaint is that the strap buttons are a bit small and cause some concern that my now beloved guitar could at some point be damaged as a result. I wish that they had kept the strap locks from the 2008 model, but I'm sure they were removed due to complaints on the internet from some anti-strap lock contingency.

        As always, the transaction with Musician's Friend was fast and without incident.

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