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Gibson Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar

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Featuring the modern look and fast feel of the Les Paul double-cutaway body, the Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar is a true tone fac...Click To Read More About This Product

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Super fast with scorching Les Paul tone!

Featuring the modern look and fast feel of the Les Paul double-cutaway body, the Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar is a true tone factory and a speed demon. The 490R alnico magnet humbucker at the neck and 498T humbucker at the bridge provide a huge, chunky sonic palette that'll take you from L.A. to Nashville to Chicago. The rosewood fingerboard has a full 24-fret reach and a silky, tight feel that's both fast and accessible. The carved figured maple top is sensually shaped and fairly glows, set off by the perfectly polished hardware. Mahogany back and neck, with tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece.

Carved figured AAA maple top
Chambered mahogany body
Mahogany neck
'60s-style slim taper neck profile
Rosewood fingerboard
24-3/4" scale length
24 frets
1-11/16" nut width
2.062" wide at 12th fret
Pearloid trapezoid inlays
Single-ply fingerboard binding
Gold or chrome (Midnight Burst only) hardware
Stopbar tailpiece
Tune-o-matic bridge
Amber top hat knobs
Grover kidney tuners
490R Alnico magnet neck humbucker
498T Alnico magnet bridge humbucker
One volume, one tone, and three-way pickup switch
Setup with Gibson Brite Wires .010-.046
Includes Gibson USA black reptile-pattern hardshell case with dark grey plush interior and silver Gibson USA logoM

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My Excalibur

I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. It always seemed like I ended up with cheapies. I had to get a root canal last January, and the dentist said that he...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. It always seemed like I ended up with cheapies. I had to get a root canal last January, and the dentist said that he was a beginning guitar student and was learning on a Gibson Les Paul Standard Sixties Neck (brand new). I wanted to hit him, even though I am not a violent person (this may have also been due, in part, to the root canal).So I thought,"It's time for Mark to have a guitar worthy of 30 years of hard playing."I saw the double cutaway--beautiful. I love the Les Paul, but that big hunk of wood between me and the upper frets was always bothersome. The double cutaway was definitely the answer.I got the transparent red: wow! What a finish! Red is my favorite colour, so it matches almost everything in my house. The stunning gold hardware really sets off this axe nicely. It is lighter than regular Les Pauls--nice balance and ringing sustain.The real "wow" moment was when I plugged this baby into my Traynor tube amp. The first thing I noticed was that the pickups were much hotter than any of my other guitars. The amazing tone and sustain are legendary, but I still had that moment of awakening when I heard myself play it. I have also recently purchased a Line Six Pod XT Live, which makes any guitar sound great, but the Les Paul added so much more dimension to the Pod's tones that I had to recallibrate almost everything that I had uncallibrated.What else can I say? Unbelievably fast action, steller looks, great balance, tone, sustain, and I LOVE getting into those upper registers with ease--I only wish my fingers were a little thinner so I could move around faster on those upper frets, and I am used to a shorter neck, so it will take some time to get the "feel" for it (I liken it to driving a different car than I am used to).I teach young people guitar and am working on opening a "school of rock," but I call it The Defenders of the Realm of Rock and Roll. I have already named this guitar "Excalibur!"Rock on, brothers and sisters!


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I Had High Hopes

No doubt about it, this is an absolutely beautiful guitar (mine was Honey Burst). It was upon closer examination that the disappointment came. Maybe I was just unlucky, but there were finish...Read complete review

No doubt about it, this is an absolutely beautiful guitar (mine was Honey Burst). It was upon closer examination that the disappointment came. Maybe I was just unlucky, but there were finish and structural problems with mine. There were sanding scratches on the fretboard higher up on the neck, running the same direction as the fret wires. The sanding or (file?) scratches actually wore down the fretboard binding between the highest fret and the neck pickup on the side of the low E string. Action was over one-eighth inch high at the highest fret on the low E string, and still had buzzing frets all over the place! Appeared to have a bowed neck. I was surprised a USA made Gibson would get through quality control in this condition. Obviously there are a lot of happy customers who purchased this model, but I felt I should share my experience for what it's worth. I took advantage of Musician's Friend return policy, and was sure glad they have it.

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A Lighter Les Paul with More Neck!

By Greg Lawrence

from Appalachia America

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GIBSON USAI own the transparent black - almost grey silver tiger striped. Beautiful finish but let's talk tone & playability:The neck pickup tone is not as thick and lush as a regular Les Paul or as much as I would prefer, but sounds great nonetheless. The bridge pickup is rockin' but not too powerful or squeezed. Both pickups are not really hot or high output, but do well with the overall tone.The neck is a little slimmer than the "thick Les Paul-type" neck. Much faster and easier to grip when playing rock. It IS a Les Paul, yes, but with a lighter feel and weight. I enjoy the double cutaway making plenty of room for playing in the upper registers with my awkward fingers! (21 year veteran)I switched out the stock tuners and put on a good set of Grovers, and as with all my Gibsons, I installed the TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece. (great for right-hand tuning and delicious to look at!)I have not had ANY tuning problems whatsoever, in fact quite surprised how rock solid it stays in tune. I bang pretty hard.(I did have a local pro set it up correctly when I got it.)If you are having any doubts - doubt no more. This will become one of your favorite guitars with its own completely unique sound and feel. Who would want another Les Paul if it sounded and played the same? I gave it an "overall 9" on the rockter-scale because it does not have separate tone and volume pots for each pickup.I Love my Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus. It has become my new workhorse. Sometimes I feel bad for the other guitars due to all the attention this one gets. It's so easy to grab and go with a dependable overall tone for any style....okay, I'll stop now.


Amazingly awesome!

By AmmJamSST

from Ashland, KY

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Normally, I am a Strat person because of their great biting high end, but this guitar has all of that! This guitar plays and looks great! The 24 frets make imporvising solos on the spot a dream. The mahogany body gives it a full, rich, warm tone. At the same time, the maple top gives it a great, punchy high end with lots of bite, along with a thinner double cut body rather than other heavier Les Pauls. Perfect action - not too high, nor too low. I got this beauty used in almost perfect condition for a great deal, including a Gibson hardshell case. I love the tangarine burst finish. This guitar is so toneful! If you have the dollars get it!


Almost magic

By Sherpa

from Tracy, CA

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The guitar looks and feels like magic. To make it sound more like magic I replaced the pickups with PRS Archtops and replaced the hardware with Tonepros. Now it rocks... and it really handles the dirty channel on my amp well. The back of the neck can get a little tacky, so you may have to clean that before a set. The neck dips a little, but not too bad. The guitar needs a little minor tinkering once in a while, but all in all it's solid. If you can get it at a reduced price you should be very happy with this.



By sflight

from Kodiak, AK

I have been wanting a Gibson for about 18 years now and just recently bought this one. I was a little worried about getting one here in Alaska, since there are no shops here to set the guitar up properly. I got the guitar through the mail and pulled it out of the case. I plugged it in and lone behold, it played and sounded like a dream. Everything was set perfectly.I had chills as soon as I started playing it. Since then, my wife has threatened me with a divorce, because I can not put it down. I easily gave this guitar all 10s. I have played all makes and model's and this easily ranks within my top 5. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who has the cash..Thank you Gibson.


Best Guitar That I have Played


from Salt Lake City, UT

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I have had this guitar for 8 years now, and I still drool when I look at it. It plays like soft, warm butter. It excels in just about any style you can think of, from dreamy jazz, to post-metal uber thrash. If you can afford this beauty, I highly recommend it. After 8 years, the frets and neck are still perfectly straight, and the original switch and knobs still work. This guitar will likely outlive me, so its a great investment, even for the bucks that I paid for it.


Hummina Hummina..

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Marvellous guitar, i picked up the black translucent with the brass hardware, best guitar ive ever owned and played so far.. nice sleek neck, fast action, great tone, simple controls, and it is one of the most beautiful guitars ive ever seen, all my friends say "if i played guitar, THAT would be the guitar i would own" haha, if you got the cash and are looking to upgrade to a pro guitar, this is a superb choice, you wont be dissapointed.

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Understated rock guitar

By dman1

from Chicago, IL

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I've had this guitar for a number of years and it's just been a staple in my lineup. The hollowed chambers give it a big open sound (not loose, just open), great for rock. I replaced the pups right away with a SD Jazz and Dimebucker (Gibson pickups are just too muddy for me). The tight Dimebucker really adds punch to the open sound, while retaining complete clarity. I had a JB in there for awhile and it really gave it the quintesential rock sound, but I wanted something more agressive. This guitar is also really light and comfortable, but still feels like a Les Paul. The body is thinner than my LP Standard, but still thick enough to have some presence. The only thing I really don't like is the weight balance of the neck and body (the neck side will slide down if you aren't holding it), and I would have liked to see a bound body as well. Overall, it's a comfortable, more versatile, and a cheaper alternative to a LP Standard (the neck heel doesn't even start till the 19th fret, this thing can shred, too). Sounds great clean (a full bodied bell-like tone), and is good at any kind of dirty experience, blues to metal (with the right pickups; I have yet to find a Gibson pickup handle saturation well). I will be adding another one to my collection at some point for sure.


The best!

By Harrs

from Texas

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This is an incredible guitar! This thing is a rock machine. The humbuckers are really hot. With the single tone knob, you can go from nice classic rock distortion, and at ten go to amazing, hard rock sound with great tone. On clean, the bridge pickup you can get some twangy, picky sounds. On the neck pickup, you get incredibly smooth tone. It just seems to roll off each note and as you strum a chord you can hear each individual note. This is a beautiful guitar in both looks, and sound. It's a lean, mean, tone machine, and is worth every cent. Buy it now! Click that button up there. Now!


Gibson's best kept secret

By Beau Hunt

from Norfolk, VA

I've owned my DC Standard Plus since 2001, the first year the re-issues came out. I can honestly say of all the guitars I have owned - Standard and Custom Shop Gibsons of all flavors, American Fenders, GMP, and Rickenbacker - this is by far the best sounding and best playing guitar I've ever owned. The thing that stands out initially is it's tone. It has the perfect blend of low end punch coupled with a clean top end and subdued mids. Harmonics are easily coaxed out of this guitar, I suspect due to that large kidney shaped chamber that sits below the top.Construction quality was flawless - georgeous top that should grade out higher than AAA. The guitar has held up well to bi-weekly practices and weekend shows without failure for over four years now. Not even a knob has come loose, she stays in tune, and the electronics remain quiet and responsive. My biggest complaint is the lack of independent pickup controls. There are times when I like to run my neck pickup at half volume and the bridge pickup at full volume and this is not something that the DC can pull off. I also think coil tapping would have made the guitar even more versatile.


Almost better than sex

By Nite Wolf

from Tijeras, NM

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Very nice guitar and weighs 4 pounds lighter than my 1975 Les Paul Standard. The balance is perfect. My SG's will drop as soon as you let go of the neck but this one is balanced perfect. It is so comfortable to play when you have to do a show for longer than 2 hrs. The grind and crunch are in between an SG and a standard Les Paul. Overtones and octave jumps can be had on command. Like my Flying V, I can access the fret board with ease to the last fret with the double cutaway. I use it through vintage 100w Marshall stacks and the rythems are solid and crunchfull and the leads will cut through and split your face wide open. The finish is beautiful (I bought the transparent red) and the flaming on the top is very pronounced. It sounds great with either GHS boomers or Di Adderio 9's or 10's. I have tried both but I am using 9's on most of my guitars now. It weighs 7.9 pounds so it is comfortable compared to my 12 pound Les Paul standard. Hey, Gibsons are expensive but you get what you pay for. I went down to the store with every intention of buying the other model with the P90'S but when I plugged in to a stack at the music store, this one blew that one away. Buy it...and "Git er Done"


Dream Guitar


from Idaho Falls, ID

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Ever since I started playing guitar I've had my eye on this guitar. I've always considered this to be the best guitar anyone could buy... And it IS! The frets are a bit higher than I'm used to but after playing for while I got used to it. The slim neck makes it a speed demon and the grover tuners keep it in tune longer than any guitar I've played. The Humbucker pickups have amazing output, they are amazing on cleans but also get nasty with overdrive! The finish and wood quality is awesome, it's a Gibson! I would recommend this guitar to anyone. The only downfall to purchasing a Gibson is just how flippin' pricey they are! I really don't think that they are worth the price you pay for them, however, I'm still willing to pay it because what choice do you have? Awesome guitar, fast, sounds and feels good!


LP Double Cut Away...

By LPGuitar-UIzjV

from Willoughby Spit, VA

As an owner of a couple of older Les Pauls, I tried other guitars for gigs only because of the weight of the Pauls and the value of the axes... and while some of my other guitars work well, the Double Cut has almost all of that fatness you want, but none of the shoulder stress - plus it's a beauty to look at! A great addition to my collection and yours as well!


the great les paul standard

By chase keever

from fort mill, sc

great finish, great sound, great humbuckers, and totally over all the best ive ever had



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

First let me say that Gibson rules!!!!I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and I never could come off the money for a Gibson. Too expensive. However, when I went to purchase a new instrument I played everything I could get my hands on. Everything sounded thin and played so so. That is, until I picked up this guitar.It was love at first note! Not even taking into consideration the beautiful slab of maple on top, the handworking of the frets , the silky fast feel of the neck and the incredible TONE of this instrument makes it well worth the price. This guitar can take you anywhere you want to go. I play modern rock, classic rock, modern country, classic country, Phish and the Dead.There is nothing you can play that this axe cannot do, and do screamingly well. If you've got the cash, buy it. You will not be dissappointed!


Great Guitar

By Bonzogoes2bb

from Harrisburg, PA

This guitar was a gift to me for Christmas today. I fell in love with it the moment I took it out of it's case. I have it in transparent red and its one of the most beautiful finishes I've ever seen. You can reach anywhere on the neck because of the neck joint being at the 22 fret. The neck is also extremely fast. The only minor problem I have with it is that it is slightly off balance. But I can work around that.


Fast playing neck and great sound

By lucedio

from Santa Barbara, CA

I bought this from mf as a blem, but I can't find a single blemish anywhere on the guitar. It seems to have been a return. It was setup very badly by Gibson or the guitar shop previously purchased from, and whoever set it up should have been fired immediately. After replacing the strings with 8's and adjusting the string height and intonation this guitar really came to life. The neck is very narrow and the fret profile takes some getting used to, especially if you are a Fender person, as I am. The profile of the frets and narrow neck can cause the first string to roll off the fretboard on the downside if you play it too aggressively. Having said that, I love the feel of this guitar and the way it plays. The Les double cut also has a richer humbucker sound than the Gibson Firebird studio I play. I assume that the difference in sound is due to the ligher body weight ratio on the set neck which gives greater sustain. I love this guitar and got it for a great price, I cannot fault this deal in any way, it was pretty much a perfect deal. Thanks mf.


Gibson LP double cut plus

By Plaidguitar

from Lake Charles, LA

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This guitar, besides being one of the prettiest guitars I have ever seen, plays like a dream. An extremely fast neck is complemented by a wonderfully sustaining body that makes this well worth the price. No complaints except that one spot on the neck is sanded down completely, but other than that it's an awesome guitar. I'd easily recommend it to anyone.


First REAL Gibson

By Tyler-xbMvR

from East Sandwich, MA

I own a Gibson Faded SG and an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and never thought that the price for a Gibson was truly worth it's value. That was until i found a double cut in a limited edition desert burst finish. I sat down to play the guitar and didn't want to leave the store without it. I came back a week later and made it mine. It plays better than any other guitar I've played and can handle a very wide range of tones. It can chug with the best of them and can still mellow out to a nice jazz tone. Aside from the stunning looks and amazing tone, the guitar is light and very comfortable to play whether you're sitting, standing, jumping etc. I'd recomend this guitar to anyone trying to solve their tonal woes.


Great Tone, Great Feel, what else do you want?

By xbeefx

from Irvine, Ca

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This is definitely one of the most beautiful and comfortable guitars I have ever laid hands on. The top looks great and the sound is incredible. The bridge pickup was a little lacking in output, but the neck pickup is just incredible. The neck is super fast and has a very comfortable feel. The body feels very light and stands up to being thrashed around onstage. Thanks, Gibson, for building such an incredible guitar.


PRS has this one beat

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I really tried finding a guitar that would supercede the PRS I am considering buying but I haven't found one yet, including this LP DC. The PRS neck feel and play put the Gibson LP DC's neck to shame. The tone through a Marshall 2x stack was close, but the tonal resposne from the PRS was better and the highs more disntintive with the basses more clear as well. Still the Gibson LPP DC is a nice looking guitar, but the PRS is a better playing one.

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