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Les Paul Guitars

Named after one of the 20th century's most important musicians and musical inventors, the Gibson Les Paul is quite possibly the most well-known and successful "signature model" of all time. Les Paul was not only a popular jazz and country guitarist, bandleader and TV show host, he also made significant contributions to the field of audio multi-track recording and musical electronics.

A constant tinkerer and inventor, in the 1940s, Les set out to design a guitar that would sustain notes for far longer than the big hollow-bodied electric guitars that were commonly used in the middle of the 20th century. After considerable experimentation, Les determined that by anchoring the guitar strings to a solid piece of wood, sustain could be greatly increased, while simultaneously reducing the tendency for the guitar to feed back at higher volume levels– which is a considerable issue with hollow-bodied guitars. When a prototype was presented to Gibson, they initially passed on the idea of a solid body guitar, but they soon changed their mind, and the Les Paul model was released in 1952.

The original Goldtop model from 1952 featured a trapeze tailpiece, two single coil P-90 pickups with a separate volume and tone control for each pickup, a "set" or glued-in 24.75" scale mahogany neck, mahogany body with a thin maple top cap, and a distinctive "gold top" finish. Later models, such as the 1954 Custom model introduced features like the now-classic "tune-o-matic" bridge and fancier cosmetics. In 1957, the Seth Lover-designed "Patent Applied For" humbucker pickups were introduced. These pickups are "hotter" than the original P-90s, with a thicker and heavier sound, and are much less susceptible to hum and noise than the original single coils. The 1958, 1959 and 1960 Standards featured a distinctive sunburst finish over their often highly figured maple tops, and surviving examples of the originals are today among the most highly sought after and most expensive vintage guitar models in the world. In the mid-1950s, Gibson also broadened the LP line with the addition of the somewhat stripped down and less expensive Special and Junior models, and later did so again with the introduction of the mini-humbucker-equipped Deluxe in 1968 and the affordable Studio model in 1983.

Today, Gibson is still making many different versions of the Les Paul in their Nashville USA factory. Long a favorite of blues and rock guitarists, it remains one of the best-selling and most popular guitars in the world, and has been associated with such artists as Slash, Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry and Jimmy Page.

 
Epiphone Guitars Epiphone Les Paul Standard Guitar
STANDARD
Get the best of both worlds–the classic features and tone of a Les Paul combined with Epiphone quality and value.

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Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro Guitar
TRADITIONAL PRO
The Epiphone Traditional Pro combines the classic styling of the Les Paul with progressive electronics.

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Epiphone Les Paul Custom Guitar
CUSTOM
Often referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Pauls, these dressed up Les Pauls offer gold hardware, ebony fingerboards, deluxe inlays and bound headstocks.

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Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Guitar
TRIBUTE
The Epiphone Tribute model combines the classic design features of the Les Paul with Gibson® USA '57 classic humbuckers.

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Epiphone les Paul ULTRA 3 Guitar
ULTRA III
With the classic features of a traditional Les Paul
and loaded with modern technology, the Ultra III delivers sounds ranging from powerful rock crunch
to acoustic-like tones.

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Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy Guitar
PROPHECY
A combination of tradition and innovation, the Prophecy contains hot-rodded features, including a fast neck and high-output humbucking pickups for aggressive playing.

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Epiphone Les Paul Studio Guitar
STUDIO
The Studio is a basic, unadorned guitar for studio musicians and weighs less than standard models.

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Epiphone Les Paul 100 Guitar
LES PAUL 100
Perfect for beginners, these affordable guitars combine the classic looks and sound of a Les Paul standard in a more affordable package.

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Epiphone Special 2 Guitar
SPECIAL II
This best-selling model is great for beginners and seasoned pros alike because of its great sound and extremely affordable price tag.

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Epiphone Les Paul Goth Guitar
GOTH   
These guitars boast the classic features of a
Les Paul and are dressed in a black satin finish
and black hardware.

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Epiphone Les Paul Artist Guitar
ARTIST
These affordable custom guitars are authentic versions of the inspiring artists' own guitars.

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Gibson USA Guitars Gibson USA LPJ Pro Guitar
LPJ PRO
The LPJ Pro begins with a stripped-down version of the Les Paul and adds coil tapping and upgraded pickups.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Traditional Pro II Guitar
TRADITIONAL PRO II
Taking visual cues from traditional Les Pauls, this model is a versatile, pro players stage or studio dream studio guitar with upgraded electronics, locking tuners and satin finished neck.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Standard Guitar
LES PAUL STANDARD
This Les Paul Standard boasts a AAA figured maple top, mahogany body and '60s Slim Taper neck, the Min-ETune™ system, a new Graph Tech nut and a pair of BurstBucker Pro™ pickups.

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Gibson USA LPJ Guitar
LPJ
This no-nonsense version of the Les Paul features a '50s rounded neck with 120th Anniversary inlay, as well as new larger strip pins, black max grip speed knobs and '61 Zebra humbuckers.

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Gibson USA Classic Les Paul Guitars
LES PAUL CLASSIC
The Les Paul Classic is a new take on a traditional look, with a '50s rounded neck, gold max grip speed knobs and powerful electronics, including Zebra coil '57 Classic and Super '57 pickups.

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Gibson Les Paul Signature Guitars
LES PAUL SIGNATURE
Featuring the Min-ETune™ system, dual open coil '57 Classic pickups, a black Graph Tech nut and gold max grip speed knobs, this Les Paul Signature is a combination of vintage tone and modern versatility.

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Gibson Les Paul Peace Guitars
LES PAUL PEACE
With an unmistakable '60s vibe, the Les Paul Peace features a '60s Slim Taper neck, new '61 humbucker pickups, the Min-ETune™ system, "Peace" on the stop bar and a hemp covered case with tie dye interior.

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Gibson USA LPM Guitars
LPM
This affordable LPM features simple aesthetics, a mahogany body and '50s rounded neck, the Min-ETune™ system, black max grip speed knobs, '61 Zebra humbuckers and a satin chrome tune-o-matic bridge.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Classic Custom II Guitar
LES PAUL CLASSIC CUSTOM 2
Featuring premium tonewoods, superior appoint-
ments and a pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups with coil taps, the Les Paul Classic Custom 2 combines elegance with legendary Les Paul power.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Studio Deluxe II Guitar
STUDIO DELUXE II
With the same simple, yet elegant design of the Studio series, the Deluxe II includes upgraded pickups and advanced wiring.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Studio Guitar
LES PAUL STUDIO
Delivering classic Les Paul tone with minimal frills, this Les Paul Studio includes a maple '60s Slim Taper neck, chrome 490R/490T humbuckers, vintage-style tuners, new dark cream plastics and max grip speed knobs.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Studio Pro Guitar
LES PAUL STUDIO PRO
This upscale Les Paul Studio Pro boasts a '60s Slim Taper neck, '57 Classic and BurstBucker Pro™ pickups, black max grip speed knobs and new candy-pearl paint with a high gloss lacquer finish.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Traditional Guitar
LES PAUL TRADITIONAL
This Les Paul Traditional retains the great sound of the original Les Paul and features new '59 Tribute Humbuckers, Tone Pros™ vintage-style tuners, 120th Anniversary inlay and a vintage brown hardshell case.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Standard Plus Guitar
LES PAUL STANDARD PLUS
A stunning beauty, the Les Paul Standard Plus features a mahogany body topped with gorgeous AAAA figured maple, asymmetrical '60s Slim Taper neck, gold max grip speed knobs and BurstBucker Pro™ 1+2 pickups.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Standard Premium Guitar
LES PAUL STANDARD PREMIUM
This Les Paul Standard Premium features a premium AAA figured quilted maple top in a gloss finish, an asymmetrical '60s Slim Taper neck, BurstBucker Pro™ 1+2 pickups and gold speed knobs.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Melody Maker Guitar
LES PAUL MELODY MAKER
The Les Paul Melody maker includes a thin profile mahogany body, '50s rounded maple neck and P-90 pickups. Features include a satin chrome wraparound bridge, larger strap pins and black max grip speed knobs.

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Gibson USA Les Paul Futura Guitar
LES PAUL FUTURA
This Les Paul Futura features the Min-ETune™ system, a '60s Slim Taper neck, P-90H Sidewinder humbucker and BurstBucker™ 3 pickups, a black Graph Tech nut and max grip speed knobs.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitars Gibson Custom Guitars
CUSTOM
Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom guitars deliver stylish sophistication and feature the trademark split diamond headstock inlay.

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Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1954 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
With historically correct features, quality tonewoods, VOS (Vintage Original Spec) hardware and finish aging process, this is as close as a player or
collector can get to the original 1954 Les Pauls.

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Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1956 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
This series recreates the 1956 Les Paul Standard and includes the ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge that
was added in 1956, as well as other features that greatly improved intonation, tone and sustain.

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Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1957 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
Gibson Custom Shop recreates these vintage beauties using Custom Bucker pickups capturing the sound of the original "Patent Applied For" humbuckers that debuted on the Les Paul Standard in 1957.

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Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1958 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
This Gibson Custom series features a traditional
'50s neck, with its thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shape of the iconic 1958 Les Paul
Standard.

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Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1959 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
With a solid mahogany body and carved maple top, this series includes a slightly thinner, yet comfortably rounded neck profile and a smaller neck heel than the
1958.

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Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue
1960 LES PAUL STANDARD REISSUE
Gibson Custom Shop recreates the 1960 Les Paul Standard series with a flame maple top, sunburst finish, BurstBucker pickups and a slim-tapered
neck.

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Gibson Custom Axcess Guitars
AXCESS
Based on the classic Les Paul Standard, the
Axcess series is upgraded for improved playability and versatility, with contouring that allows the guitar
to comfortably hug the player's body in any
playing position.

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Gibson Les Paul Signature Guitars
SIGNATURE
These special signature model guitars were designed by Gibson Custom Shop for some of
the world's best musicians

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