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Time-honored features plus figured maple top.

Classic Les Paul features with figured maple top.Gibson™s Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus electric guitar comes with all the classic attributes you™d expect in a Les Paul: set neck in a mahogany body, finely figured maple top, and Gibson's incredible '57 Classic humbucker pickups. The Plus on this guitar refers to the gorgeous, figured maple top, the perfect touch on this iconic beauty. One high-tech advancement lies in the set-up - the neck is dressed by Gibson's Plek machine, a computer-controlled wonder that analyzes the neck, adjusts the truss rod, files the frets, and cuts the string slots on the nut to a hundredth-of-a-millimeter accuracy, for incredible action and optimal intonation without dead spots or string buzzing. Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Body Wood: Mahogany, non-chambered weight-relieved
  • Top wood: Figured maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Plek'd on Gibson Plek Machine
  • Neck Shape: '50s rounded
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"
  • Bridge: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Plus humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: '57 Classic humbucker
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • Vintage speed knobs
  • Tuners: TonePros Kluson-style
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Binding: top and neck

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GibsonLes Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Sound and Playability

This guitar is obviously gibson quality. I could go on and on about how amazing it sounds and feels but if you're considering this guitar you've proably already test-played one and know. There is...Read complete review

This guitar is obviously gibson quality. I could go on and on about how amazing it sounds and feels but if you're considering this guitar you've proably already test-played one and know. There is little difference between the 50's and 60's neck, so if your worried about that, don't be. I use it mainly for jamming, recording and planning small venue gigs. I do have some beefs with minor detail flaws in this guitar. I did have to order this online and get it internationally shipped.There were small, barely noticable scratch marks on the body and the plek machine left some indents on the fret-board binding. Again, it doesn't change the playability and is barely noticeable but when u pay upwards of $2200 for a guitar, it should be flawless in it's craftmanship. I got the chicago blue and it looks beautiful. It does seem darker than the picture so be aware of that. I highly reccomend this guitar; if you can find one in a shop and inspect it for details (saves you the trouble of dealing with an online store) and obviously test-play before buying. :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed, But Hopeful

like the other reviews before mine, my les paul (iced tea finish) had really bad paint runs. MF's customer service was accomodating and friendly, which i have no complaints about. saving up...Read complete review

like the other reviews before mine, my les paul (iced tea finish) had really bad paint runs. MF's customer service was accomodating and friendly, which i have no complaints about. saving up for 15+ years for the guitar i've always wanted to buy...and it comes with paint runs so i have to send it back for an exchange...that's pretty frustrating. it PLAYED great-just as i expected. i'm just waiting for one with a better paint job to show up at my door.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gibson shame on you!!!

By Luther Brown

from Texas

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

The 57 pickups are the main selling point of this instrument as playability is always very good on any Les Paul. The overall rating of 8 is due to the quality control issues which Gibson continues to have with their instruments. Hopefully, some day they will wake up and correct these issues.
Tone is what we are all looking for when we play. So in my book tone comes first before looks and this guitar has tone for days as the 57 pickups are fantastic! Though as someone mentioned in a previous review the electronics could use some work. This Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus plays very well and requires very little setup. String hieght was a little high for my taste but that is very easily corrected. The Plek machining of the frets seems to be very good as I good detect no fret buzzing at all.
The reason that I'm rating the Quality 7 and it really pains me to do so. Is the fact one of the tuners was not centered properly on the headstock. Also, as mentioned in other reviews the paint and finish are not what I would expect from an instrument of this price range. Plus the fact the guitar is supposed to be a plus top figured maple, I'm not that impressed with the figured maple top.
Gibson's Quality Control Department is sadly lacking or non-existant these days. It also appears their luthiers no longer take much pride in their work anymore. What's up with this Gibson? Your company has been having quality control issues for several years now. Do you not hear the customer complaints out there??? For the prices we have to pay for your instruments and equipment, we should at that very least get what we are paying for....

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gibson Les Paul Traditional (Chicago blue)

By Beyankee2

from Dallas, Texas

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

Overall, I believe that when people pay this type of money for an instrument it should be flawless. I know it can be done because I bought another Gibson Les Paul last year and it is an awesome instrument with absolutely no problems It is beautiful in appearance and it an amazing guitar to play. In fact, because of that guitar, it made me want to buy more Gibson guitars. But I am a consumer that believes that something as expensive as a Gibson guitar should live up to my expectations......and that means a flawless paint job, etc. Yeah, some may say you should be more interested in the sound than the appearance. And that is true to some extent. But when I buy something brand new, it needs to be "brand new" and meet up to the standards that Gibson advertises. Plus if I wanted one with paint dings/dents, I could buy a used one and probably save some money. But I want to be the first one to play my guitar, and I love the feel of brand new guitar!!
Where should I start? I actually have received 3 of them in Chicago blue and each of them had minor paint flaws, but in my opionion when you get up into this price level the paint should be absolutely flawless. I had to really put a lot of thought into returning each one because I really wanted one. But when I looked at the rest of my guitar collection: 3 ESPs, Jackson USA soloist, and an older Charvel/Jackson, all I could think was that each of those guitars have flawless paint jobs and they were about 25% the cost of a Les Paul. And yes, with the exception of the Jackson USA the rest were made in Asia. I am bothered by the fact that the "Gibson USA" label is not turning out what in my opinion is the same quality of "paint products" as the foreign made guitars. I really can't see how difficult it could be to ensure that when a guitar leaves the factory that it is absolutely flawless. A guitar does not have that much surface to paint and for guitars that cost over $2,000, I believe as a consumer, I have the right to demand a flawless and perfect paint job. As I told them, I want to be the one that puts the dents/dings in my instrument. I will add the "character" to my own guitar. With that being said, the predicament lies in that the instrument sounds awesome and plays awesome. And nothing further needs to be said about that....Gibson sound ROCKS!! Again, my only complaint is that I believe there should be a higher quality in the aesthetic/cosmetic aspect of the guitar, after all they do carry a pretty hefty price tag.
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a Dream Guitar? Whatever you say buddy...

By SixAngryStrings-KQeRl

from Southern California Desert

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

I have had many guitars, but nothing ever pulled more out of me than a Gibson, and no guitar ever spoke to me more than this one... Amazing!
By far the best guitar I have ever owned. I've been playing for 15 years, owned a couple of SG Standards and have always considered Gibsons to be superior to all other guitars, I know that's saying a lot,but it is my opinion and I know that I'm not alone... and it always makes me laugh when people shine off an expensive guitar like it's nothing. This was a big deal for me and I'm sure 99% of the other guitar players buying one of these feel the same way. Features, well, it's a Gibson Les Paul Standard. Made the way the Standards have always and should be made... built to be played, built to be heard and built to last a lifetime. To me, if you want a prime example of what a Les Paul should be, get a Traditional, they pick up where the Standards in the 90's left off. Confused? Todays "Standards" the ones that cost more than these do are chambered, have the printed circuit board electronics and locking bridge/tuners... An entirely different guitar. To put it simply, Traditionals are Old School and capable of unleashing the tones in your head.
Not all Gibsons are created equal, every once in a while, it seems that all the elements align in the Gibson factory and a truly exceptional instrument is created... I'm lucky enough to say that my guitar is one of those instruments... Only a Gibson is good enough.
It always bothers me when people compain about the prices of Gibsons. If they were cheap, everyone would have one... If everyone had one, they wouldn't be special. This isn't a guitar you just buy on a whim to see if you like it or not,this is a guitar that once you decide that music and playing the guitar is so much of a priority to you that you finally want to be playing the best and sounding the best you can you make it a point to aquire the best tool for the job. There is a reason I purchased this guitar.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Traditional

By prsaxeman

from Ottawa, Canada.

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

As an owner of a 2008 Les Paul Standard, despite the very nice, slim, 60s neck, I have always felt that the chambered body made it feel insubstantial. It plays very nicely; I've fittted Alnico II Pro pups and Orange Drop caps (for the Slash tone) and locking Grover tuners (the stock Kluson tuners are absolute garbage) and it sounds great. But I still found myself thinking that I wanted something heavier (the '08 Standard weighs in at 7.5lbs), something that would feel like it was a real LPStandard. So, after much research I narrowed the field down to the Traditional and the Traditional Pro. Eventually I settled for the straight Traditional, although I had real reservations about the "50s style" neck. How would this feel after the really comfortable, slender 60s neck on the LPS? Would I find the 50s neck too much of a departure from what I was used to and be really disappointed? Well, I took the plunge, picked up a real 2nd hand bargain in Ottawa where I live and bought a beautiful Traditional in the Heritage Cherry Burst; in my opinion, the colour to have. Well, I've had the guitar for over 2 months now and for anyone out there who has the same worry about trading the 60s neck for the 50s, there really is very little difference. Yes, given, it does feel a little chunkier, but not enough to make any difference whatsoever to my playing style or ability to race around the neck. So, any fellow sceptics out there, don't worry, it's all good. The Plek'd neck is superb and changing to 9s from the fitted 10s has also not affected the guitar's playability in any way. The pups (57 Classics) are much better (in my opinion) than the Burstbuckers which were originally fitted on my LP Standard. When you start feeding the gain in they are definitely a fuller, meatier sound. At a weight-relieved 9.5lbs, the weight of the guitar is still a full 2lbs heavier than the chambered LP Standard. I believe, contrary to what Gibson say, that the extra weight really makes a difference with the sustain. I haven't banged on a lot about the sound; you can read all about that in other reviews, plus, we all have different set-ups, effects, amps etc.
In summary, it's heavier than the new LP Standards, the pups are better, the 50s neck really isn't an issue even if you're totally sold on the 60s neck; it's just an amazing guitar. Go buy one.
As the owner of 3 different PRS guitars I thought I would always look at this guitar as the poor relation; however, I was very pleasantly surprised with the build quality. Mine is not a "Plus" but the top is still very nicely finished with a good flame. At least if this gets "dinked" there won't be tears at bedtime at having dented a AAAA top.
Albeit my purchase was 2nd hand, I would have been happy to pay the higher price for a new model as I think it represents very good value for money. I appreciate that not everyone can afford a guitar like this until they're in full time employment, and Epiphone do make very nice Les Paul Standards, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet guitar- bound to be collectors ite

By michael

from undisclosed

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

Very sweet guitar. I little on the heavy side but it really sings.I expected a little lower action without fret buzz due to the "plek" but im still very happy with it.50's neck not as fat, actually comfotable. The very tip of the headstock looked like Gibson missed a small spot of stain- Gibson customer service said "its a hand made guitar- there are going to be imperfections". Not really the response I was hoping for.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Quality at a New Reduced Price!

By Scotty "Ripper" James

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

This traditional Standard Les Paul features the fat, 50's neck profile and a Plus(ultra nice), curly maple top in the sunburst finish. I played this one and the Standard Pro II with all the pickup/tone options. This guitar has a better tone by far and the humbuckers really cut through, especially on the neck pickup. Only reason not to buy this guitar is if you don't like the 50's neck. Don't be fooled by the Pro II's apparent tone options. I pulled those toggles every which way and couldn't get a decent sound out of any of the settings. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Les Paul's traditional pickup and pot set-up is still the best!

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus

By billy gillenwater

from Japan

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

Neck is not that thick. I have really small hands and usually like jackson necks and LP 60 necks. Like a review I red before, playing thinner necks would cause pain in this dudes arm and wrist,,,,, me too!!! I have had surgery on my nerves in my elbow,,, this guitars neck does not cause me pain like the thinner ones...
On the other note... it is not light either...but, who wants a light Les Paul, personnally I would like solid with no holes...
Nice guitar!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Been Buying From Musicians Friend and Always Will"

By Joel Navarro

from California

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

I a span of 1 year, I bought a robbie krieger sg, godin limited edition triple flame multiac and this guitar. Musicians Friend took care of this as far as their free shipping with the quality or the service and the product, I am very happy and very contented with their service. They have been in business for a while too. All american.
So many years I dreamed of having a Les Paul Standard with rock-solid heavy sustaining sound, 50's neck with tulip keystone tuner, a weight and sustain feature that you'll only see on a les paul historic and traditional customs with an added triple A flame, and the color that I really like.
Incredible. Been playing it for a while now and I really love this guitar. I currently own a triple pickup historic custom and it feels and sustains like there is no tomorrow. Funny thing is my hand is not all that big but I the shaping of the neck fits my hand like a glove and I can do a bunch of techniques that I can clearly hear more notes than other guitars I used. I will probably stick with the regular .009 that the factory loaded originally. After all gibson recommended it and they have been in business for along time.
There are some money involve here but if you want the best then your looking at it. And its worth every penny.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus.This one is a Keeper!

By Creeper-C6MP7

from Tennessee, USA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus, Light Burst.
I have always wanted a Les Paul. I surfed the net for months checking out which Les Paul was in my price range new. This was the one. I have never played a Les Paul even though I have played in a band since 1997 where my friend uses the Les Paul Studio exclusively. I never thought to ask him if I could try it out. I have always Played Stratocasters, I have 3, and 2 other Strat style body guitars. I have admired the tone of Billy Gibbons and Duane Allman for as long as I can remember so I thought I would buy the Les Paul Traditional Plus.
Tone: I am a Stratocaster guy trying to adjust to what I consider the tone limitations of 2 pickups. I still havent figured out how Bliiy Gibbons gets that tone from a Les Paul. That must be why the 58s and 59s are so sought after. I have been able to get Jimmy Pages sound. "The Ocean" and "Livin, Lovin Maid" sound incredible on this guitar. For most other rock songs that use a Les Paul, the Traditional is great. I am going to keep this one for a long time..even with the paint flaws.
I took it out of the boxes and open the case and she looks stunning. Everyone I have shown it to has commented on how great she looks and sounds. This one looks a little like Gary Rossingtons 59 Les Paul. I thought I would have a problem getting used to the neck but she plays just fine. The pick up selector switch takes some getting used to but it is manageable.
The wood grain on the Maple top is figured very nicely. I could stare at it for hours...but I play it instead. I plug straight into a Peavy Classic 30 on the Gain side and she rocks everthing from AC/DC to ZZ Top.
Very well built and very solid. There are some places where the factory taped off the binding. The tape was too far over the binding in the lower bout, and those places are lighter than the rest of the body. I had to adjust the sting height down to my liking. The strings were set a little too high from the factory. That was an easy fix. I also swapped out the stock knobs for top hats, it gives the guitar that vintage look.
Worth every penny.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointed, But Hopeful

By Adam623

from Vermont

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Paint Runs

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus Electric Guitar:

like the other reviews before mine, my les paul (iced tea finish) had really bad paint runs. MF's customer service was accomodating and friendly, which i have no complaints about. saving up for 15+ years for the guitar i've always wanted to buy...and it comes with paint runs so i have to send it back for an exchange...that's pretty frustrating. it PLAYED great-just as i expected. i'm just waiting for one with a better paint job to show up at my door.

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