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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.
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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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I bought his guitar a month ago and I am very satisfied. The top is almost like a AAA flame and the finish seems to allow the guitar to resonate more freely. When I take it to a store to play through some amps, everyone wants to buy it.I had to set the action a little lower and get the intonation set up because I changed the strings to 9's and also changed the tuners to Grovers. If you want a great Gibson Les Paul and don't care about the high gloss finish, this guitar will not disappoint you. I tried several and found one with the classic Les Paul sound with sustain for days. I can't put it down!!!
I tried about a dozen Gibson Les Pauls at a music store the other day... customs, standards (50s and 60s neck ones), classics, standard-faded. The range in price was significant. But the higher end ones were truely no better than the Faded ones. Only a different finish (and lighter to boot). There was more variability in the finishing touches with the Faded ones tho. Some had better fret-jobs, some had nicer carved tops. Gibson cranks out TONS of guitars a day, and they cant all be perfect. But you'll find a great one if you are patient. I found a Faded that was as near perfect as I could find and its awesome. Like someone said, it seems more ALIVE than a normal standard finish one. I like the way the pickups kind of break up like an overdriven speaker when you put lots of energy into em. Open and airy with that signature les paul plunky snarl. If you want a Les Paul for less than 2 grand, get this. Personally, I liked it better that the other Les Paul models.
This guitar is a true bargain, the real deal with great tone and feel. To me the burstbucker pro's are the best performance humbuckers around. I've owned probably 25 Les Pauls since my dad bought me a Jr. in 1955. I used a '71 Custom that I bought new as a performance guitar for 25 years. This guitar is the best overall performance Les Paul I have owned. You can dial in every tone from sweet to scorching.
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.
I tried this guitar yesterday for some hours, and I have to say that this guitar is a killer. If you have tried the original standard Les Paul, this guitar is the same. The only difference is the satin washed finish and a neck that is in fact better to play at, than the old standard neck. I tried one with the 50s neck. And at last, it`s much cheaper than the original Standard, not bad since it has the same material, pickups, neck, headstock and hardware as the Standard. The ONLY difference is the finish, which I like more than most of the other Les Paul finishes.
I have to say I am totally thrilled with this guitar! When I first got it, it took a few days to get used to the faded satin finish in lieu of the traditional but I am really beginning to like this finish better. I had to do some minor adjustments but now it plays just as well as my solid mohogany custom shop classic. I highly recomend this Les Paul. It is a great value for the price
Bought the tobacco sunburst std. faded and was impressed with how beautiful the guitar is. The satin finish makes the 50's neck confortable and easy to play, action is quick. There is a small issue with quality control: an area near the binding on the neck is unfinished. This guitar produces a wide range of tones and sounds great though my vox amp; sustain is absolutely amazing. This beautiful guitar is a very good deal!
This guitar is by far the greatest les paul i have ever played. i have a tobbacco sunburst and it looks better in person than in the picture. this guitar i straight up rock n roll, i have an assortment of various gibsons and fenders and yet i still use this les paul faded over them all
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.
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.