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The chambered body minimizes weight while adding tonal nuances.

Crank up a 2008 Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar and experience the power and performance that more than 40 years of craftsmanship and innovation can produce.

Pioneered and developed with the assistance of pioneering jazz-pop guitarist Les Paul”one of the world's greatest musical and technological pioneers”the Gibson Les Paul has become the standard by which all electric guitars are judged. With fat, rich tone and incredible sustain, the Les Paul lends itself to every style and generation of music. From the sweetest jazz to the heaviest rock and metal, the Les Paul can do it all”it is one of the most powerful and versatile instruments of all time.

The Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus continues to alter”and inspire”the sounds of today's ever-changing musical landscapes. It features a hand-carved figured maple top with matched chambered mahogany back outlined with single-ply binding. A major difference with the Les Paul Traditional is the Pro is made with chambered body. The chambered mahogany back serves to minimize weight, while also adding tonal nuances to the Gibson guitar's overall sound.

The neck is crafted from a single piece of mahogany. Carefully glued into the neck cavity of the body, the neck functions as a single unit with the body. Its asymmetrical shape is the most comfortable neck offered on a Gibson Les Paul Standard.

The BurstBucker Pro humbuckers have Alnico V magnets with slightly mismatched windings to deliver an enhanced "Patent Applied For" tone with more bite and brilliance.

All Les Paul Standard necks receive precision fret dressing and setup with the Plek system. As the guitar lies in a cradle, a computer-controlled robot arm moves along the neck measuring each fret's height, the fingerboard radius, even the bow in the neck. Using that data, the Plek machine adjusts the truss rod, cuts the nut slots for optimal spacing and height for each string, files each fret to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy, and then polishes the frets. In a fraction of the time it takes a skilled technician, the Plek machine eliminates buzzing strings and dead spots, producing a neck with flawless intonation and superb action.

NOTE: Solid finish models come with the pickguard attached. To give you a choice of how your Gibson Les Standard Plus with sunburst 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.



Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Body Wood: Chambered mahogany
  • Top wood: Figured maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Plek'd on Gibson Plek Machine
  • Neck Shape: Asymmetrical
  • Frets: 22
  • Inlays: Figured acrylic trapezoid
  • Nut Width: 1.695" ±.050"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"
  • Bridge: TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Locking TonePros stopbar
  • Pickup Bridge: Burstbucker Pro with Alnico V
  • Pickup Neck: Burstbucker Pro with Alnico V
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone with gold-plated Bourns-designed pots, 3-way pickup selector
  • Knobs: Amber top hat
  • Tuners: Locking Grover keystone
  • Jack: Neutrik locking
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Binding: Antique cream top and neck
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GibsonLes Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.6

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

1997 Honeyburst Les Paul Standard Plus

When you make that purchase, your life changes forever ~ you will be a proud Gibson Les Paul owner who can boast the "Plus" of flamed maple. You will have confidence...Read complete review

When you make that purchase, your life changes forever ~ you will be a proud Gibson Les Paul owner who can boast the "Plus" of flamed maple. You will have confidence everywhere you play when you open that case, peel back the pink negleg, and put that guitar on. You can get mean or stay sweet, or anything inbetween, and she'll respond like a lady that doesn't know how to talk back or resist you everytime you want to say something original, poetic, profound, influential. In fact, she will inspire you to explore every possible idea and inuendo in that creative soul of yours. And buy a guitar hanger and mount that guitar to a stud on your wall. My guess is, that after a few years you'll be just like me ~ you won't be able to imagine life without her. It doesn't just play like a pro, it becomes an important part of your own musical persona; an extension of your creative heart and soul. When you are 70 and still playing, you will think, "that guy was right!" even if you're 69 now!
Reading some of the reviews I see "quality issues of the past". I beg to differ and have never heard of quality issues with any Gibson guitar until the unfortunate Veteran who made the purchase when returning from Iraq. Sounds like one slipped thru and Gibson would have taken care of the problem, had they known about it.

My 1997 Les Paul hangs on my wall behind me as I type. I could review the amazing sustain, the deep rich tone, the flawless response and intonation everywhere on the neck ~ and I do mean everywhere, the top notch craftsmanship, beautiful flamed maple, and the fact that it looks, feels, and plays like brand new...still...after fourteen years, but I'll only be saying the same things that everybody in the world knows when they hear *Gibson* Les Paul Standard Plus (as opposed to Ephiphone). Such a review is buried deep in the reputation and emerges every time an owner speaks, so I'll try to say something original.
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }The quality of the wood is such that the tone gets better with time, and I would much rather have a Gibson in its second decade of aging than fresh off the factory floor. But we have to start somewhere, right? And what a feeling when you make that purchase, brand new ~ perhaps similar to how a Harley owner feels, or vice versa. I remember debating saving some cash to please the wife by going with the Epiphone Les Paul instead. What the heck, it's built to almost the same specs, isn't it? But I was fortunate enough to have a very good friend and jamming buddy who could sit with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, etal, and hold his own, and he spoke into my thought processes these words of genius that still ring in my head today: "Yeah, you could buy one, but in the end it'll still be an Epiphone." That pretty much summed it up. I used to have a Led Zeppelin poster on my wall back in the 70's that had Jimmy Page, front and center, hair matted to his face with sweat, brandishing that Gibson Les Paul in a heated fury of monster guitar riffs. Could you even begin to imagine the guitar that laid the foundation of that legendary sound being an Epiphone? I could not bear the thought of inducing such mediocrity into my own growth as a musician. I wanted no limits, no flies in the ointment. I wanted a guitar that would grow with me step by step, lick for lick, for the rest of my life.

Gibson.

And by the way, I don't work for Gibson. I just love the music they've been responsible for, especially since the 1950's.
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Do not buy this guitar if you have not played for about a decade. If you don't know the difference yet between the tone and response of a high end guitar and that of a lower one, then buy the lower one ~ you won't be disappointed. The Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus is for the musician who already knows that, to achieve the next level of tone, you need to pay somewhere upwards of the next higher tax bracket. You're not just buying the name, you're making a lifetime investment in your own personal growth as a guitar player; pretty much removing every obstacle other than your own willingness to practice.

And spend the same on your amplifiers. Don't create a "weakest link" in your tone by going cheap in the amp department. But do buy the Gibson before the prices go up.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

One slipped through the cracks...

This was to be my first Les Paul experience. I own an Epiphone LP and was looking for something to hand down to my son when I die in a few more decades so...Read complete review

This was to be my first Les Paul experience. I own an Epiphone LP and was looking for something to hand down to my son when I die in a few more decades so I pulled the trigger. I was pretty disappointed overall. The playability on the guitar was perfect. Action/intonation was fantastic, first guitar "out-of-the-box" I didn't have to touch in terms of set-up. Finish = amazing. Where the ball was dropped was a broken Grover tuning peg that wouldn't release the string. Then we have the volume pot that when spun to zero wouldn't cut-off the sound. After that we have two tightening screws on the Tone-Pros bridge and tail-piece that were flat-out missing...So here I've spent what I determine as some serious cash for an actual Gibson LP and yet the items not working or missing is something I would expect from a Chinese-made guitar.

As for the sound, it's got a much brighter and mid-rangy tone than my Epiphone Standard LP which produces a fatter, darker tone (I've had Seymour Duncan Custom 5 pickups installed). For heavy metal I'd actually play the Epiphone as it's got a great heavy chugging crunch. But since I'm now playing more rock like STP and Foo Fighters, the new LP is much more suited to that flavor cause it's a bit thinner but the tone is great. I can hear every note in a 5-note chord distinctly which has caused me to play better since everything is being heard.

I ended up returning it back (fingers crossed no problems from Musicians Friend) and took the chance on another Standard. This one (an ebony this time) had none of the problems the Desert Burst had. There was a tiny bit of fret buzzing so out of the box wasn't perfect but I believe I can fix that. Otherwise everything works (this time) and nothing missing (this time). Maybe the Desert was a previous return or something but someone should have caught these things before selling as a quality Gibson. But barring any return issues from MF, I'd say I'm now quite happy.
Obviously great features...if they all worked!
The actual manufacturing quality was outstanding, it was the little missed items (see below) that blew it.
Can't say for the price this was anywhere near what it was worth.

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(30 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1997 Honeyburst Les Paul Standard Plus

By Michael Damico

from Austin, TX

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

When you make that purchase, your life changes forever ~ you will be a proud Gibson Les Paul owner who can boast the "Plus" of flamed maple. You will have confidence everywhere you play when you open that case, peel back the pink negleg, and put that guitar on. You can get mean or stay sweet, or anything inbetween, and she'll respond like a lady that doesn't know how to talk back or resist you everytime you want to say something original, poetic, profound, influential. In fact, she will inspire you to explore every possible idea and inuendo in that creative soul of yours. And buy a guitar hanger and mount that guitar to a stud on your wall. My guess is, that after a few years you'll be just like me ~ you won't be able to imagine life without her. It doesn't just play like a pro, it becomes an important part of your own musical persona; an extension of your creative heart and soul. When you are 70 and still playing, you will think, "that guy was right!" even if you're 69 now!
Reading some of the reviews I see "quality issues of the past". I beg to differ and have never heard of quality issues with any Gibson guitar until the unfortunate Veteran who made the purchase when returning from Iraq. Sounds like one slipped thru and Gibson would have taken care of the problem, had they known about it.

My 1997 Les Paul hangs on my wall behind me as I type. I could review the amazing sustain, the deep rich tone, the flawless response and intonation everywhere on the neck ~ and I do mean everywhere, the top notch craftsmanship, beautiful flamed maple, and the fact that it looks, feels, and plays like brand new...still...after fourteen years, but I'll only be saying the same things that everybody in the world knows when they hear *Gibson* Les Paul Standard Plus (as opposed to Ephiphone). Such a review is buried deep in the reputation and emerges every time an owner speaks, so I'll try to say something original.
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }The quality of the wood is such that the tone gets better with time, and I would much rather have a Gibson in its second decade of aging than fresh off the factory floor. But we have to start somewhere, right? And what a feeling when you make that purchase, brand new ~ perhaps similar to how a Harley owner feels, or vice versa. I remember debating saving some cash to please the wife by going with the Epiphone Les Paul instead. What the heck, it's built to almost the same specs, isn't it? But I was fortunate enough to have a very good friend and jamming buddy who could sit with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, etal, and hold his own, and he spoke into my thought processes these words of genius that still ring in my head today: "Yeah, you could buy one, but in the end it'll still be an Epiphone." That pretty much summed it up. I used to have a Led Zeppelin poster on my wall back in the 70's that had Jimmy Page, front and center, hair matted to his face with sweat, brandishing that Gibson Les Paul in a heated fury of monster guitar riffs. Could you even begin to imagine the guitar that laid the foundation of that legendary sound being an Epiphone? I could not bear the thought of inducing such mediocrity into my own growth as a musician. I wanted no limits, no flies in the ointment. I wanted a guitar that would grow with me step by step, lick for lick, for the rest of my life.

Gibson.

And by the way, I don't work for Gibson. I just love the music they've been responsible for, especially since the 1950's.
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Do not buy this guitar if you have not played for about a decade. If you don't know the difference yet between the tone and response of a high end guitar and that of a lower one, then buy the lower one ~ you won't be disappointed. The Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus is for the musician who already knows that, to achieve the next level of tone, you need to pay somewhere upwards of the next higher tax bracket. You're not just buying the name, you're making a lifetime investment in your own personal growth as a guitar player; pretty much removing every obstacle other than your own willingness to practice.

And spend the same on your amplifiers. Don't create a "weakest link" in your tone by going cheap in the amp department. But do buy the Gibson before the prices go up.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's perfect

By Thomas Rogan

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

The only thing I was disappointed in was the Plek setup. I was expecting an ultra low, fast, smooth action. Instead it was somewhat of a middle of the road set up. Probably just fine for a lot of players but not for me. No surprise here as I have had to set the relief, string height, and intonation on every guitar I have ever purchased. Some were closer than others. Once again, I won't knock points off because setup is such a personal preference issue. But if you're looking for the Plek as being the end-all setup solution..........it isn't. I will say that the truss rod and bridge adjustment were extremely easy to do because of the high quality build, and extremely high quality parts.

The finish on this Cherry Sunburst is unbelievable. I was taking a chance ordering it sight unseen but I am not disappointed. The top is beautiful.

Sound? Incredible! I have read that this chambered body sounds somewhat "335 like", but I don't hear it. It sounds like my old solid body 74' LP I had back in the day. But quite honestly, other than the tone, that guitar was junk compared to this guitar build wise. Don't ever let someone tell you a mid 70's Les Paul has vintage value..........they don't.
Standard LP controls, new bridg is great, assymetrical neck shape fits my had perfectly. Some people don't like the locking Neitrik jack, it doen't strike me one way or the other.
Made as well as any guitar I own, including the legendary Ric's.
You get what you pay for.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

One slipped through the cracks...

By Bobcatter

from Atlanta

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

This was to be my first Les Paul experience. I own an Epiphone LP and was looking for something to hand down to my son when I die in a few more decades so I pulled the trigger. I was pretty disappointed overall. The playability on the guitar was perfect. Action/intonation was fantastic, first guitar "out-of-the-box" I didn't have to touch in terms of set-up. Finish = amazing. Where the ball was dropped was a broken Grover tuning peg that wouldn't release the string. Then we have the volume pot that when spun to zero wouldn't cut-off the sound. After that we have two tightening screws on the Tone-Pros bridge and tail-piece that were flat-out missing...So here I've spent what I determine as some serious cash for an actual Gibson LP and yet the items not working or missing is something I would expect from a Chinese-made guitar.

As for the sound, it's got a much brighter and mid-rangy tone than my Epiphone Standard LP which produces a fatter, darker tone (I've had Seymour Duncan Custom 5 pickups installed). For heavy metal I'd actually play the Epiphone as it's got a great heavy chugging crunch. But since I'm now playing more rock like STP and Foo Fighters, the new LP is much more suited to that flavor cause it's a bit thinner but the tone is great. I can hear every note in a 5-note chord distinctly which has caused me to play better since everything is being heard.

I ended up returning it back (fingers crossed no problems from Musicians Friend) and took the chance on another Standard. This one (an ebony this time) had none of the problems the Desert Burst had. There was a tiny bit of fret buzzing so out of the box wasn't perfect but I believe I can fix that. Otherwise everything works (this time) and nothing missing (this time). Maybe the Desert was a previous return or something but someone should have caught these things before selling as a quality Gibson. But barring any return issues from MF, I'd say I'm now quite happy.
Obviously great features...if they all worked!
The actual manufacturing quality was outstanding, it was the little missed items (see below) that blew it.
Can't say for the price this was anywhere near what it was worth.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stop reading and Start buying!

By Light

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

Overall I love this guitar! I had a les paul studio before getting this. This model destroys it for sound. Cruches better and over all just sound better. One thing that I saw on the 2 models I test locally was the Low E had buzz. (As did my studio) The one I got shipped to me is perfect. No buzz. Drop D, Drop C no buzz. So do not settle you can find one that doesn't Buzz.

Buy this guitar you'll Love it!
Locking tuners? Why did I not used these before? Forget wrapping your string around the post. Pull through, lock, cut, and tune. AMAZINGBurstbuckers...Awesome. They sound so good clean. You can really pul out the blues sound. But man you hit distortion and these babys Crunch like a beast!My guitar came in sounding almost perfect. I may drop the action just a bitLocking 1/4 not really needed but a nice featureLook through back. You can see the circuit board for the tone volumes. Just a cool extra to have
This thing is a work of art. I love the color. Mine came set up almost perfect! The finish could use come pollish but it still looks sexy out of the box.
You get what you pay for!
Can I get all the pieces in a cheaper guitar..yes.
Do I think it was worth the price I paid. Heck yah

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus

By Rick Rice

from Buffalo

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

This is a beautiful, great playing, wonderful sounding guitar that will take you from clean, to Blues, to crunch, to flat out distortion.
A thin nitro-cellulose lacquer finish over AA flame maple top allows for freer wood vibration and an open, resonant tone.
You can keep it in top shape through frequent wipe downs and occasional polishing, or leave it to its own devices and achieve a worn vintage look fairly quickly!

This guitars weight is quite manageable and evenly distributed, due to the chambered mahogany body. The Grover 16:1 ratio tuning keys allow for accurate pitch adjustment and quick string changes. Two humbucking, wax-potted, Alnico V magnet Burstbucker Pro pickups with independent volume/tone controls, produce a dynamic, responsive, and well-rounded sound.

Gibsons distinct midrange honk is present, but the Burstbuckers mismatched bobbin windings also produce single-coil quality sparkle and bite, with a rich bass response that is not muddy or overpowering.

This guitar also features a Nuetrik locking cable jack, TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic Bridge, an asymmetrical neck profile and a precision Plek fret dressing and set-up.
The fit and finish on this Les Paul Standard Premium Plus is flawless. The Plek system results in accurate intonation, well-crowned frets, and low, fast action. The asymmetrical profile neck is comfortable and extremely stable, with good resistence to bowing in response to variations in string tension, temperature and humidity. It is a perfect compromise between the thinner 60s slim taper and the baseball bat neck on the 58' Historic Reissue. My only negative comment is that access to the uppermost frets, though possible, is a bit compromised.
This is not a "value" guitar. It is a high-quality, professional grade instrument. Gibson makes several great sounding and great playing lower priced versions of the Les Paul for those on a limited budget. The flamed maple top, block inlays and neck/body binding on my guitar do not necessarily translate into better tone, but I consider them an indispensible part of this iconic instrument and for this reason I never considered the lower priced versions.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Dont like the new direction

By Roy Turner

from Gloucester, Ma

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in desert burst about 2 weeks ago.When it came I was dissapointed that the color didn't look like the color in the picture and it only got worse when I picked it up. It was very light(chambered body) and the neck was very thin. I own a ebony 89 standard that is my #1.It is very heavy and has a thick neck and I was looking to get another one that has all the qualities of the LP I love(That LP growl,sustain for days & a sound that cuts through the mix)I belive that Gibson has takin a new direction with this guitar and I didn't like it.Didn't feel right and it didnt have that Gibson LP tone in my opinion. I returned it and got The Traditional plus in cherry burst and that guitar had it all. I am very happy with it. the bottom line is some people will like this guitar but i dont think the people who love the traitional LP qualities will want this one.I love gibson guitars and don't mind paying extra for Gibson quality. I just didn't like the new direction Gibson is taking with this LP.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I own one

By Christopher Dean

from Ky

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

The guitar overall could have been 2000 and that would be a great deal, mine is a desert burst plus top and is beautiful, nothing like the new neck style, very comfortable. As i said before the tonal response and playability of mine is seriously insane, spot on anywhere on the neck. and never goes out of tune, it comes a lil flat out of the case but most guitars do also
As Solid and comfortable without the pain of the heavy guitar. Tonal response is perfect!!!
Built to be what it is, a High end Les Paul, Everything is perfect, no need for upgrades, i would get rid of the locking jack possibly, it's a pain to deal with constantly
I mean it's a gibson but the price tag is rediculous, it's a shame everybody can't play these guitars. Hey if ya got the money and like to play guitar, i recommend nothing else

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Inspiring Guitar

By Tanuki Shady

from Orange County, CA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    The factory setup was great, but I changed it to my personal preferences and put 9-42 gauge strings on. The pickups are so clear and powerful that it doesn't need heavy strings to sound huge, and the 9s make it easier to play and to introduce nuance. The Plek system makes for very even frets and accurate nut slots. I have low action without fret buzz. The frets on this version are much narrower than ones I've owned in the past, especially the LP Custom. They can be a little hard on the fingers at first, but I adjusted without any problem really, so I can't deduct anything on their account. I love locking tuners, though these Grovers do not hold as well as I'd expect them to, and there is a problem with the low E tuner where the string pushes the lock out of the shaft when re-stringing and I have to press really hard to get it to re-engage. The slim, compound-radius neck feels better to me than any other Gibson neck I've played. They're really catching up to PRS now, in terms of ergonomics. (And I've never liked the PRS sound anywhere near as much as the Les Paul.)

    The aggressive-voiced Burstbuker Pro pickups are very clear and present, and offer a huge variety of sounds with the coil tap features. For a softer, gentler sound, just back off on the volumes. It never needs to sound harsh. It's just beautiful through a Fender Super Reverb, which is the amp I used to demo it in the store.

    The push/pull pots would have been better with speed knobs for live use. But I only use it to practice, write and record. Soundwise, this is the most versatile and rocking version I've owned. Even better than my prized LP Custom.

    The price was hard to handle, but it was worth it to me. It's a beautiful looking axe (in trans amber), plays great and sounds rich and soulful. It's an inspiration every time I pick it up to play, and it's hard to put down again.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard fireball

    By Beyankee2

    from Dallas, Texas

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    Overall, I think that Gibson has stepped up its game and made an awesome guitar. It sounds amazing and looks amazing. The paint job on them is beautiful. (with the exception of a small paint issue where the neck joins the body of the guitar. I do think Gibson needs to spend more time/money on their paint quality issues as it appears on a whole lot of their guitars.

    But the rest of the guitar is absolutely great!! It plays and sounds like a dream. In my opinion, you will not go wrong with getting one of these babies.
    This guitar is amazing. You can get so many different sounds out of it with a switch of the knob. It is unbelievable. To really get the feel for this guitar you would have to take one home and spend some time with it. And once you do that you will realize the enormous amount of sound/tonal variations you can get out of it.

    But beware: Once you spend some time with it, you will definitely lose some sleep until you go get your own. Gibson is defintitely trying to make progressive steps towards the future. And they definitely have displayed that when they made the 2012 LP standard.
    Very good quality but I am still of the belief that the paint job could be a little better. I sent other Gibson Les Paul guitars back before I got this one, but I decided that this one was for me. Again, I think Gibson could do better on the quality control of their paint jobs. There should be no bubbles or rough spots anywhere on a brand new guitar (especially one at this price)!!!! I think they bank on people plugging it in and getting hooked immediately....because that is usually what happens.

    On the other hand, people can say what they want about "weight relieved" guitars but this one is awesome. I personally do not believe that the weight relief on a guitar has done anything to alter the sound. I would challenge anyone to take one of these guitars and compare it to any other guitar....... you will get the sound you are wanting if you know what you are doing with 2012 LP standard.
    Gibson guitars are rather high priced but then again if you want to own one you are going to have to pony up the money. This guitar is still new to me so time will tell if it holds its value against all of the other ones out there. But the one thing I can say for sure is that when I play the rest of my guitars against this new Les Paul.....there is absolutely no sound like the Gibson Les Paul standard.

    I only became a fan of Gibson over the past couple of years because before that I was all about Jackson-USA and ESP. And don't get me wrong, I love those guitars too, but now I have 2 Gibson Les Pauls and they definitely get more playing time than the rest.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By trevis

    from Decatur, IL

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    Couldn't be more pleased with this guitar. Tone is awesome.

    (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Think twice

    By FrankTheSnake

    from chicago IL

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    Nice guitar but don't waste your money. These should sell for alot less. Overpriced but still a nice guitar not amazing. However i will say the tone is way beyond what I expected A+ on sound.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    First Time, Long Time...

    By GTR4Luke

    from Connecticut

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    This is my first Gibson but I've been wanting to add a Les Paul to my line up for a very long time. This guitar did not disappoint. After easily adjusting the action when it arrived, it's pretty much perfect. As a PRS and Strat player, I have to get used to managing 2 volume controls but this guitar motivates me to adjust to it.Yes it's expensive but the fit and finish, along with the playability has made it money well spent so far.Dream realized...

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Peace of Art

    By Dee

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is peace of art. It is a lot lighter that my other LP's. I know there are Traditional Gibson Guys and I don't care for that so much. This guitar has modern features and good sound, finish is perfect I have Desert Burst. Locking tuners are good and sound, sound is something you need to hear to believe. I was reading review's here and I can tell Who can't afford this guitar usually put's bad review. There is NO BAD GIBSON. This is guitar for Rock, Blues, Funky, Jazz, Metal. Just try it and you will see.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson les paul

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    Bought this beautiful guitar in Honeyburst two weeks ago and cant put it down. I'm usually a strat player and I am slowly converting to the gibson side. The Pleked neck makes it a joy to play, not to mention the resonance and sustain is top notch. I still love my strat, but this guitar became my new baby.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    For that price?!?!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    When I saw this guitar I thought it looked really nice (I think it was in desert burst)...but sadly this guitars looks are not worth this price because thats about all it had going for it. I picked it up and it was bulky. On top of that the neck wasn't very comfortable. I thought to my self "okay the pickups must sound good" and they sounded nice...but nice isn't what you want when paying this much money. So I thought "come on this is a Les Paul maybe its the amp" So I switch from the Mesa Boogie to a Marshall JCM stack. The guitar still didn't impress me...at this price I expect to be blown away. If you had a person blind folded they probably couldn't tell the difference between this guitar and an Epiphone Les Paul.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson Les Paul Standard

    By Brian Scott

    from I live in good old Canada eh!

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    I have had my Les Paul for about 7 months and it still plays like I just bought it yesterday, sounds great even on a 10 watt Marshall the lockable jack is a nice feature. When I throw it over my shoulder I feel like I can take over the world with it and I plan on doing so with this amazing guitar. I have had my Les Paul for about 7 months and it still plays like I just bought it yesterday, sounds great even on a 10 watt Marshall the lockable jack is a nice feature. When I throw it over my shoulder I feel like I can take over the world with it and I plan on doing so with this amazing guitar.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Gibson got cheap on this one

    By Gibsonman34

    from USA

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    I received guitar about 2 weeks ago. Everything looked great on guitar and was in great condition. I love almost everything about the 2008 Les Paul Standard with a few exceptions: 1. I did not care for the new circuit board technology with solderless pickups - Gibson's way of saying we are too cheap and do not want to take the time to solder the pickups! I also replaced the original nut with a bone nut , Had guitar professionally setup by my local music store. Also changed the burstbucker pro humbucker pickups to seymour duncan '59 neck and seymour duncan jb in the bridge. Overall this years Les Paul is a great guitar but could have been made a little bit better without lacking quality. Come on Gibson!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great right out of the box

    By guitarshreddin

    from NC

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar 4 days before a show because my regular LP was vandalized (yes some jerk cut it up)... I usually play several guitars before buying them but I was in a bind so I ordred it... WOW! Strait out of the box it was in tune and ready to go. It plays wonderfully and the locking tuners are great. The asymetrical neck feels odd at first but then you realize how easily you can move...Well, I played the show with it and it sounded great through the marshall stack... As for my other guitar... It is at the Gibson repair shop.. being shocked back to life.The standard plus is a players guitar. If you are gigging and want something that you can depend on and sounds fantastic.. This is it. If you are a LP traditionalist.. you'll want something different. I love this guitar and would reccomend it to anyone. I own 3 les pauls and this plays as well as any of them.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Les Paul Standard Review

    By Professor J

    from LA

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    I must say I was worried about some of the changes Gibson made to the guitar, especialy the chambered body. I never had an issue with the non-chambered bodies being to heavy and the possable sonic repercusions had me worried. After playing the guitar i worried no longer. The guitar sounds just beautiful. I found the new tuners to be a welcome change since the nicest thing I can say of the previous ones is that they were total crap. After a thorough test run i have nothing but praise for the guitar. Although the price tag is a bit high I didn't knock off any points in value from the review since the tone of this guitar is worth every penny.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice, but...

    By Steve-WEJD4

    from WV

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar:

    I really dont know where to begin. Having owned multiple Pauls and other gibbies all I can say at this time is it is indeed not my fathers LP - or the one I played in the 80's or 90's. My last LP was a 2007.I'm not really dissing the guitar; It looks like a LP but thats where it kinda stops. I'll start with the good...Finish - HC Sunburst, Nice and flamey but not too wild. Everything you would expect in a good LP. No issues with binding on the body or neck areas.Neck - Here is where you will either love it or hate it. This is not what I would consider a bad thing but the diferent profile takes some getting used to. It is more flatter/wider and puts me more in mind of a high end Jackson Soloist. It is very comfortable. The quality of construction is good. I found no issues with where the binding meets the frets or bad inlay work. The plek job is awesome. I feel like I've played this guitar for years (well broke in) but yet its new.Tuners - I was a bit worried about the locking style because of my lack of experience with them. No bad stories to tell though. They work flawless and hold tune quite well with a set of 10.5's There were no intonation issues and no other tuning problems to mention.Strap locks - Dunlop style and great addition!What could improve;Pickups - Burstbuckers? You would think these should kick tail but they do not. I found myself having to turn down the tone on my rig and I run it halfway to start. The BB's are just too bright with not enough meaty midrange that I expected. Neck pickup is way too hot! 57 classics or 490/498T would of been a better choice. Which leads me to another issue - the printed circuit board inside the control cavity. It was once quite easy to swap pickups. Now I am a bit "afraid" to even open the thing up. It's like Gibson is trying to make it more dificult to customise on our own. The locking jack is nice but a friend has replaced three on his gold top so far. Step on your cord and kiss the jack goodbye..Case - disapointed with quality. It was made in Canada with a big proud maple leaf sticker on the front to proclaim it. No combo lock and the tolex was of poor fit with gaps and such. Bottom line - Still a nice guitar that needs little if any tweaking. Look to the LP Traditional Plus if you want the old style neck and non chambered body.

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