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Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded '50s Neck   

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A gently aged finish; smaller, vintage-style headstock; keystone tuner buttons; and a fat, rounded '50s-style neck add a vibe that's rich in history....Click To Read More About This Product

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Vintage feel and look with peerless tonal characteristics.

A gently aged finish; smaller, vintage-style headstock; keystone tuner buttons; and a fat, rounded '50s-style neck add a vibe that's rich in history. Carved AA maple top is framed by precision binding on the mahogany back with set mahogany neck. Inimitable vintage LP tone comes from BurstBucker Pro pickups with Alnico V magnets.

NOTE: To give you a choice of how your Les Standard should look, the pickguard is not attached but included in the case. To install the pickguard, holes will need to be drilled into the body.

  • Bound AA maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • Fixed mahogany neck with round '50s profile
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl trapezoid inlays
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • BurstBucker Pro pickups with Alnico V magnets
  • 2 volume knobs
  • 2 tone knobs

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A dream come true

This is my first Les Paul - with hopefully many more to come. I've wanted a Les Paul since I saw a picture of Jimmy Page in Guitar World when I was around 8,...Read complete review

This is my first Les Paul - with hopefully many more to come. I've wanted a Les Paul since I saw a picture of Jimmy Page in Guitar World when I was around 8, at the same time I was a huge Aerosmith nut and saw Joe Perry playing a Paul as well as Slash playing Duane Allman's '59 in the "November Rain" video. I think the fact that these guys can pretty much pick up any custom guitar they want and they choose a fairly stock guitar such as a Standard(with minor tweaks to theirs of course) says something about the quality of these instruments and their legacy as well. Naturally, when I finally was finacially able to buy one, I went for it. I chose a Tobacco-burst with the '50s neck for pretty much two reasons - the only other Gibson that had a nicer flametop was the '59 reissue next to it on the wall. Also, it was fairly heavy, I've weighed it at 11 lbs. 13 oz. Needless to say, between the dense mahogany and the beautiful flametop (although it's not "Pearly Gates" it has a similiar style flame to it, very three dimensional) it rings forever, and what a balanced tone. Also stays in tune no matter what which I need( I use ALOT of vibrato and bending). The neck isnt thin but it's very comfortable and easy to play, nice leverage. What really amuses me is how much depth you get from the tone controls. Also, I play this through a silverface, early 70s Fender Champ at home, and what's the results? Pure "Brown Bomer" tone! I am currently in love with the out-of-phase pickup setting, it nails the tone to "Achiles Last Stand" and MTB's "Can't You See". If you dont buy a Gibson at least play one, every guitar player should at least hear themselves through a Les Paul once and just cut loose!


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Guitar came with incorrect pick-ups...not the zebra coils as stated...a nice little ding in area close to neck on pick-up selector side and a long 2" ugly blem right...Read complete review

Guitar came with incorrect pick-ups...not the zebra coils as stated...a nice little ding in area close to neck on pick-up selector side and a long 2" ugly blem right between the pick-ups...YUCK...okay...for the sound...BEAUTIFUL....that's why it gets 5's across the board...everything else is no bueno...doesn't match description very well at all...

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Great value

By Steve A

from North Augusta, SC

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When I say great value that means the guitar does have some flaws but makes up for it w/ better qualities that count. The term "Faded" refers to the lack of a finish, which is the main factor of this model. It is more lighter & well balanced than a Std (about 1/3 lighter...the finish makes a big difference). But a finish is there to protect the wood...from dings, possiable expansion thus causing parts to drift, etc. The guitar does resonate better...raw & chimy. Keep at the house because gigging would be a punishment. The quaulty inconsistant, loose wood in the cavity & sloppy tape on the pups but overall great guitar. The Studio would be a close choice.


My new best friend!

By Hexeir

from Atlanta

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This guitar is just amazing - I've owned two Gibsons before this one, and this thing just brings it to a new level.First, these pickups are the most amazing sounding pickups I've EVER heard. Second, it came set up PERFECTLY right out of the box. I didn't even know what to do, I was so surprised. The I would actually prefer the finish on this guitar to the traditional lacquer for three reasons: 1) to me it looks better, 2) it feels better, 3) I think it makes the guitar weigh less.I have the 50's neck, pretty much the same as the 60's except it's not as much of a U shape as it is rounded... And I'll kill before I let someone take this thing away!


Good to own the real thing again.

By Rob-dXOU.

from WPB Florida

I have the Les Paul Standard Faded in Honeyburst, with 50s profile neck. I love the guitar. My first guitar was a Gibson Les Paul. I traded it for a nice Fender Strat about 19 years ago and regretted it ever since. This is just a solid, organic feeling, well crafted instrument. In otherwords its a real Les Paul. I like the faded satin finish. Not real flashy but nice. I don't have to worry about every little scratch I'm gonna put on this guitar. The Burstbucker Pro pickups sound great. Very responsive with good lows and highs. Everthing I play on this guitar sound great. I play through a marshall MG30gfx. The neck just plays like any well set up Gibson Les Paul, almost perfect. Of course I had the guitar set up. It did not come set up very well. The action was way too high. I didn't really expect that. I mean it was really high. However I totally love this guitar and will never be without a real Les Paul ever again if I can help it.


les paul faded (uprade tuners though)

By rocker30216

from los angeles

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I purchased this les paul because of the faded finish and at first I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But after plugging it in to my Marshall I fell in love instantly. The sound is incredible with this guitar and a les paul weighing 7lbs is great on the shoulders! I definitely recomend upgrading the shoddy gibson tuners for a better set (I chose grovers). I did have some tuning problems with the guitar at first, but now the guitar stays in tune no matter what I put it through.


The New Standard

By Strip City Sinner

from NY

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I scored an '05 honeyburst 50's neck when they first came out. Best LP I have owned anyway, dropped in Duncan 59's, a lightweight tail and haven't looked back since. Became the new #1 immediately over my Standard Plus, perfect neck, perfect.


Gibson Faded Les Paul Standard

By Sid Mack

from Tullahoma, TN

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This guitar looks better in person and sounds great. The tobacco sunburst is drop dead beautiful. The set-up and workmanship is top notch on mine. No mods required on this guitar, it's even light enough to keep the Gibson strap buttons. If you are serious about rock or blues there are 2 guitars you must have - an American strat and a Gibby Les Paul. The faded is cheaper than the regular Standard and I bet you'll love it, give it a shot.


Bang for the Buck!

By PageHudson8807-3cbqi

from Flint, MI

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This is my first Gibson, and therefore my first LP. I am blown away by this guitar all around. The only difference between this guitar and the normal standard is the faded finish and open coil pups. It plays like a dream, sounds beautiful, and looks a lot like an old '50s Les Paul. You can't go wrong with this axe.


Absolute Beauty

By 58Flame

from Pugetropolis

Honestly, what else can you say about a Les Paul with a figured top and a sweet broken in feeling? Not that I want to add too much character to the guitar, but the satin finish lends itself to being a roadworthy exterior that will take a little more abuse than a regular LP Standard with a glossy finish. The pickups have that nice vinatge vibe in looks and tone. I can roll off the volume in all positions and get a nice sweet tone even with my JCM2000 DSL on full blown mode and of course, if you crank it... pure Gibson rock n roll bliss.



By R. Timms

from Toronto, Ont

Well let me first off say, I have owned an Epi LP Custom for years and I was one of those people who said "its the same guitar" or "I'm not paying for a logo". Well I just picked this baby up, and I all I can say is I couldn't have been more wrong! Trust me there is a HUGE difference. First off the action was amazing right out of the box. The overall feel is...well if you own one you know what I mean..then the sound straight through my Fender Twin sounded like almost "angelic" then just add a little over drive and you think the world is coming to an end!! The looks are awesome (I love the satin finish) The sound is unbelievable, the feel is something else...This is truly a great piece of art!


The Faded Paul Rides Again

By Ernie-UNc.n

from NC

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I bought this guitar three months ago and wanted to break it in before sending out the review on it. I lucked out and got one with a beautiful finish (some aren't) which highly resembles an old 59 figured top that has faded nicely. The guitar is all you can imagine for a Gip LP. There was one problem, though, with the pickup covers that I chose to add on over the zebra coils (just my preference). The nickel bridge pickup cover would not fit properly over the pole pieces?! Just misaligned for whatever reason. After some experimenting, I found that the neck pu cover fit over the bridge quite well, so I just sent back the bridge pu cover and replaced it with the neck pu cover. Looks great! I don't know if my guitar got loaded with two neck Burstbuckers pu's by accident or whether this is standard on the faded models; but now all is well. It sure performs like a bridge pu - so I'm satisfied. Great ax with an awesome black Gibson hardshell case - I'm there.

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