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Gibson Les Paul Standard Double Cut Plus Electric Guitar  

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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.

    Features

    • 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

    Now that you've mastered the instrument, it's time to GET your instrument! Order yours today.

     
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    4.8

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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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    5.0

    Almost better than sex

    By Nite Wolf

    from Tijeras, NM

    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"

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    5.0

    This Axe ROCKS!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Ok, I've had this guitar since '91 and never a complaint! I'm especially drawn to the 60's neck and simplicity of operation. No guitar I've ever owned or played feels like this guitar. Being in a recording environment often you want the most tone options with the least amount of thought required. Sounds great+Looks great+Plays great=Perfect! This axe is PERFECT.

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    5.0

    Exquisite

    I just bought the Les Paul Standard DC Plus. I got the Honetburst model. WOW... I am floored by the quality and beauty of this instrument. The beauty alone is worth the money. It plays like a dream. The neck is perfectly straight. I took it straight from the box; tuned it and played the next 4 hours non-stop and only had to retune it twice. That was only because the Brite Wires (actually not bad for a brand new set of strings) were new.This is the best guitar I've EVER played. No joke.I've played plenty Les Pauls but must have simply got a total 'cherry'. If I had shopped 20 music stores and played 100 different guitars 'hands on' I couldn't have gotten this lucky. The tone played through my tube amp was very dynamic. I went from hot country to sweet 70's rock with a flip of the switch and a turn of the tune knob. Played through my POD it became even more inspirational. I was truly playing new music on it within 20 minutes. The quality is a value that far exceeds the expense. No remorse whatsoever.

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    5.0

    Exquisite

    WOW... I am floored by the quality and beauty of this instrument. The beauty alone is worth the money. It plays like a dream. The neck is perfectly straight. I took it staight from the box; tuned it and played the next 4 hours straight and only had to retune it twice. That was only because the Brite Wires (actually not bad for a brand new set of strings) were new.This is the best guitar I've EVER played. No joke.I've played plenty Les Pauls but must have simply got a total 'cherry'. If I had shopped 20 music stores and played 100 different guitars 'hands on' I couldn't have gotten this lucky. The quality is a value that far exceeds the expense. No remorse whatsoever.

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    5.0

    The best!

    By Harrs

    from Texas

    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!

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    5.0

    Dream Guitar

    By WILLIAM-2kDh1

    from Idaho Falls, ID

    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!

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    5.0

    Understated rock guitar

    By dman1

    from Chicago, IL

    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.

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    5.0

    I own it.

    By Nicky Chig

    from Lincoln N.H.

    I have had my Les since 1998. It is one of the best guitars I have owned in my 45 year pro career. To me it is a cross between a les paul and an S.G. which in 1961, when my dad brought me one, was also called a Les Paul.(I broke the neck off playing "you really got me") Best tone around I regularly get comments on the great sound of the guitar.

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    5.0

    Best Gibson I've ever played

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    The guitar came out in the early 90's, and considering it is still in the making, you know it will be a good guitar. I've played this guitar twice until I decided I'm going to get it. Well, below and behold, now I do. The guitar Has the best sound I had ever heard. It can go from a song like "You Shook Me All Night Long" to something like "Stairway To Heaven," without having the guitar give any awkward feedback, of a buzz. If your looking for a guitar that has a nice look, a great sound, accessability to 24 frets, and very wide versitility of sounds this is the guitar for you.

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    5.0

    A Lighter Les Paul with More Neck!

    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.

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