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Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s Neck Electric Guitar

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The feel and sound of the original '50s Les Paul comes from the classic hefty neck design of the Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s Neck Electric Guitar. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The feel and sound of the original '50s Les Paul comes from the classic hefty neck design of the Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s Neck Electric Guitar. With a smaller peghead, push-in-bushing green tuning keys, and nickel hardware. You get staggering looks with brilliant transparent finishes on figured maple tops. BurstBucker V pickups feature Alnico V magnets like those used in the P90s from the '50s. One coil has more wraps than the other, as did most '50s and early '60s "Patent Applied For" coils. These waxed, double-potted pickups deliver a tighter, balanced, biting tone with more midrange. Mahogany body and neck with rosewood fretboard. Gibson includes a hardshell case with your '50s Neck Les Paul Standard Guitar.

  • Mahogany body and fat '50s neck
  • Carved Maple top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Alnico V Standard humbucker pickups
  • Green keystone tuners
  • Top and fretboard binding
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Over the years, I have purchased several Gibson type/model/series, to include the Les Paul Standard, BB-King, Les Paul Deluxe, ES-137 Custom, ES-335, Les Paul Studio, and...Read complete review

Over the years, I have purchased several Gibson type/model/series, to include the Les Paul Standard, BB-King, Les Paul Deluxe, ES-137 Custom, ES-335, Les Paul Studio, and SG. I have finally rested upon three, the Les Paul Standard 50's neck ("Goldie), BB and ES-137 Custom ("Gertrude"). The broad ranges of tone that are produced via the three different sets of pickups, coupled with the solid and/or semi-hollow body configuration, provide me an absolute freedom for expressing my chosen genre of music. During the past three years, I have noted an amazing increase in Gibson?s quest to improve their aesthetic detail, playability and quality control. Even their Studios have revealed workmanship that was once reserved for the higher-end instruments. I recently purchased a 2005 Les Paul Standard (Amberburst) and am literally shocked at what I see and hear each time I perform with her. As a side note, Boss effects pedals and The Gibson are matches made in heaven -AND- for those of you who are caught up in the hype believing that a Les Paul + Marshall = best tone, IGNORE them and get a Fender Deluxe or Deville (install EH 12AX7 and EH 6L6GCs Tube, biased at 68 mv). You shall open up sonic landscapes that will blow-away the Marshall competition. I know, many of you die-hard rock-n-and-rollin' Marshall or Mesa Boogie folks will still disagree with me, but I promise you that I have diligently compared and gigged with them all over the previous thirty years. Fender amplifiers (with the right tubes and biasing) are much more reliable and tonally sweet than any Marshall (reissue or whatever). Mesa Boogie is my second choice. When Gibson sued Paul Reed Smith, I nearly boycotted the ?Big G? and anxiously waited for it to all be over so I could purchase a Singlecut and see for myself what the legal nonsense and hype was all about. However, the suit worked for us consumers, because I believe that during the period that the Singlecut was removed from the supply chain, it forced Gibson to reconnoiter their quality/standards and get back in line producing a better guitar. Although I believe Gibson may have acted a bit selfishly, I still remain a faithful customer. However, I will eventually add a PRS Singlecut to my collection as the market is flooded. I have a really great thought-provoking question out there for you folks to ponder upon for a while: Are Japanese consumers getting better-quality U.S.-made guitars? The answer is undoubtedly ?YES!? I know for a fact that the Gibson and Fender guitars that adorn their stores have the highest Quality Assurance adornment than ones that flop from hanging pegs across America. Case and point, I have been stationed in Japan over the course of 25 years (on-and-off), and I will tell you that a Les Paul or Stratocaster that falls into a Japanese musician?s grip is beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt the best that the Gibson factory produces. Perhaps the relationship with quality that they transpose within their Toyota and Honda marketing strategies should be a testament to all of us. Final question: Since they demand great quality and enforce this standard within their own country, would they not demand the best from another country abroad? HMMMMM? The intent of this article was not to offend anyone, American or Japanese (or a Marshall or Mesa believer). I merely throw my viewpoints out there for others to chew on. Please allow me to get that fact adequately recorded. As musicians (good ones that is), we all must remain open-minded, focused and try 'everything' in order to establish that ?Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery or Chuck Loeb tone search? quest that we are all on. I have found mine. God bless you all?


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Only A Status Symbol

I have owned more guitars than I care to count over that last 30 plus years of being an active musician, currently own 6 guitars for different styles and sounds. A few months ago...Read complete review

I have owned more guitars than I care to count over that last 30 plus years of being an active musician, currently own 6 guitars for different styles and sounds. A few months ago I finely decided to give in an buy the "Dream Guitar" that I have always wanted, a Gibson Les Paul Standard. What a mistake, I usually can get rid of that typical G-string buzz pretty easily, but have not been able to do so with this guitar no matter how much I have tried to tweak it. The neck always feels sticky and slow, I am truly disappointed in this guitar, my "Dream Guitar" was a let down. I now view Gibson as simply an extremely overpriced status symbol that is not worth the high price they charge. If I could go back in time, I would not have bought this guitar. Instead I would have saved around a thousand dollars and bought another Strat.

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Amazed at the High Quality

By Guitar Dreaming

from Midwest

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OK...the last new Gibson Les Paul that I bought was in 1981. Nice guitar...but this guitar is a CLEAR cut above. I played a bunch of 2007 50s neck LP and they were all great guitars. This one just had a voicing that spoke to me. I'm not commfortable with the changes that they are implementing on the electronics for the 2008 model so I bought one of the last 50s neck LPs. Super guitar.

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2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s Neck

By D. Raney

from Phoenix, AZ

Well, this is my third Gibson USA Les Paul model. I have had a few SG models, ES-335?s, Firebirds and the like and they have always come and gone. Gibson Les Paul guitars, for me anyways, have always been the best sounding, sharpest looking, most versatile guitars available. I have both a 1992 Gibson LP Standard and a 2000 CS Historic Reissue '54 Les Paul Goldtop. This 2007 LP Standard is NOW by far my most prized GO-TO guitar; I own over 10 electrics alone. The tone on this one is amazing as are almost all Les Paul?s of this level but this one just really speaks to me. Sang right out of the box unplugged and over the last few months has only gotten better. The Heritage Cherry finish on mine along with the supplied AA maple top is outstanding, a real eye catcher. Wherever I play I always get at least one complement, sight and sound alike. The beefy '50s neck feels fatter and more comfortable than my Custom Shop '54 Goldtop, which cost me more than double and a half the price tag on this one. And that was back in 2001. I play through Vox and Fender amps and the results with both are always nothing short of complete satisfaction. This Les Paul Standard is a sonic champion! With the changes now occurring in Gibson?s 2008/2009 Les Paul Standard lineups I am glad I got this guitar when I did. It?s a keeper for sure!!


Great Axe!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've owned this guitar for about a year now and i tell you what, this guitar is it. Its got great sustain, great feel, a reasonable weight for a les paul, great looks and the sound is top of the line. You cannot go wrong with a les paul.


I love it

By MCGibson-Argentina

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I like it, it is powerfull, clear sounds, excellent construction, excellent sustain. I can play any kind of music and with different amps and effects sound always perfect. Again I have to say I LOVE MY GIBSON!!!!



By HotDogJP

from Chicago, IL

I played this guitar at my local Guitar Center. I first played the Epi LP Standard Plus and then took a shot at this Gibson. I often read about complaints about the weight of the Gibson LPs but this was not much heavier that the Epi if at all heavier. The Gibson plays very well, however, while jamming with some other potential customers it kept coming out of tune to the point to where I kept coming out of key. And this Gibson had never been touched prior to me playing. I played it both sitting and standing. Both seemed very comfortable. However, like the Epiphone, my hand a hard time moving up and down the frets because of the finish. It gets kind sticky. As for the sound, I didn't notice an immediate differance apart from the Epi. I was playing on the brand new JCM $1600 stack. The sound from the Gibson was only slightly different. It had a little more sustain that the Epi and sound a little more smooth and creamier. However, this can be achieved with some compression pedals that you can get less expensive. I gave this Gibson a 8 in features because it has many of the same that the lesser Epi has. I gave it a 9 in quality because I know of the painstaking labor that goes into these and that tone and volume knobs don't create that crakling that some Epi's do when turning them. The value received an 8 because depsite the LP's legacy and fame I don't really see how these guitars can cost more than my first car. Overall, my 9 stands firm. This is a great guitar and I would buy all Gibson LP's at the drop of a dime if I could afford it. They really are beautiful guitars.


Simply amazing

By zildjian player

from australia

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I started playing guitar about six month's ago and have quickly fallen in love with it. I practice around five hours a day, and I am currently learning songs like "Stairway to Heaven." I am telling you this because I have an Ibanez starter pack which, frankly, isn't cutting it. I was looking around a Gibson Cerified guitar shops(always go with Gibson) when I got to this one. Before I was pretty decided on the 60s neck, but the 50s neck is alot meatier and makes you feel like you have more control. I played it acoustically and I sounded fine. So, I plugged it in. WOW! This thing is awsome. I played songs, scales, and tried every fret. Flawless. This is by far the best guitar I have ever played (I played lots of guitars). My only concern is the price tag. Why the heck is this thing worth more than the Angus Young Signiture Sg? I am currently trying to amass the small fortune required to buy this. Maybe I'll take up a second part time job. This guitar is worth it. BUY IT!


Some are keepers

By Snail

from Boston, MA

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I've seen the tran amber and lightburst. The Lightburst is by far the better looking of the two. They should have made a trans yellowburst instead of an amber. the Amber just looks orange. Kinda ugly.


This work of art is amazing. It is the best guitar

By Gibsonator

from Puyallup, Wa

This guitar is well worth the money. I know it costs a lot but I saved up for 2 years waiting to get this guitar, and since I waited it made it even better. It has the best feel and tone. It looks amazing and it will last you a life time. I love my Les Paul.


Only a Gibson is good enough

By Doubter's Prison

from Boston, MA

I had been playing guitar for fourteen years before I finally bought the perfect guitar: a wine red 2003 LP standard. The Burstbuckers really pick up the midrange and give warm clean tones as well as biting distortion. I have played practices and gigs without ever going out of tune and it is a joy to play. The fretboard is fast and warm, and the wine red finish glows under the spotlights. Though it was expensive, I think it's well worth the money. I bought a PRS Custom 24 six years ago for around the same price, but I was never happy with it, and sold it after only two years. My Gibson goes with me to the grave!


Great looking guitar without the pickguard.

By Phaser1

from Southern California

I traded up from an Epiphone and I was very pleased with the improved sound. But the stock frets were not perfectly level and the action was rather difficult. (Could have shot an arrow with the string height.) Spent $150 for an "earvana" nut,fret and neck refinishing and new strings. Now I love the look, sound and FEEL of the guitar



By HanselzHot

from Oregon

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I've had this guitar for 6 months now and it is still going strong. Awesome qaulity Gibson with that classic les paul sound and feel. Sweet crunch and overdrives nicely. It is not like the Les Paul classic, which is just made for the metalheads, this has the vintage sound with some sweet overdrive. A little spendy but overall an awesome buy.


amazing guitar

By Fougththelaw

from NY

I own this guitar, and it was the greatest investment I've ever made, this guitar is one of the most amazing things to ever grace this earth. If you want a truely amazing gutiar and are willing to drop a few bucks than this is for you, and I swear you won't be disappointed.


Get this thing before it's gone

By Steve--QfmW

from Dallas, Texas

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This thing blew me away when i first played it. It's so clean and light. I couldn't explain how good it sounds. I play it through a Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12, and let me tell you. This thing blew me away. It's pickups sound so clear and crisp. And i didn't need to tweak the amp at all.(Literaly) And then,i picked up my Fender Telecaster Classic and i literally threw it away cause it sounded like crap. That's how good the gibson sounds. And the neck feels so smooth. And you get this feeling. and it sounds so warm. It's like those verb shampoo comercials. The sound is beyond this earth. It shouldn't be heard by human ears.



By Justin-3bA29

from Undisclosed

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I have a fender deluxe strat, and a custom 22 prs. I have been looking for a gibson to add to my collection for some time, I played several different models and never found the one I was looking for. Finally I picked this guitar up played it for 5 minutes and feel in love. this is by far the best gibson I have ever played. I love my prs but this particular gibson is right there with it. Awesome guitar you want regret it.


The Best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar a year ago and i cant put it down the pickups are great the color is good. It has the 50s neck reminds me of slash


Not Cheap But Worth it!

By KnightSong

from Riveside, CA

While By no means a Inexpensive instrument, and there are cheaper nock offs of the Les Paul out there, There is nothing like playing the "real" thing. For me the neck on this Guitar is as close to perfect for my hands, weight is tolerable for a Les Paul, And the tone out of the Burstbuckers is just awsome, I do not regret buying this Guitar. I'm not well to do I struggle like most musicians but this guitar is worth every penny that I paid.


Very nice guitar

By RectoRocker

from Arkansas

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I'll keep it short and sweet. If you can afford this guitar, I would recommend it. Nice, Fat Les Paul tones you expect, and a heafty neck to play on and the beautiful finshes make a top-class guitar.If you happen to be unlucky enough to get a damaged or defective guitar, return it. Simple enough.


Really solid guitar

By gnrguy37

from Benton KY

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I bought this guitar about six months ago and it is my main guitar for gigs. Before this guitar i had an epiphone les paul jr. and it was good, but not this good. overall great guitar


for heaven

By Wanttoberockstar#9,999,999,999,999

from heaven

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This world is worthy to have such an amazing guitar. I play this out of my peavey half stack and I begin to think that I am a good guitarist. Then I quickly just realize anyone can sound good on this guitar. TO prove this theory I let my eight year old daughter try this guitar and damn!! I was right. The tone is so warm, but it's not that dull warm like cheaper end humbucker guitars, it is just rich and fat. This thing has the bite of a strat, the sass of a tele, and the warmth of humbuckers all thrown into one. The conclusion is simple - if you can afford this guitar, buy it, if you can't, sell your car or steal one.


Best Guitar Ever!


from Downey, ca.

Just brought my LP in the door after spending two hours trying out every Les Paul in the guitar center. The 1960's model was very nice but seemed light weight and cheaper next to the 50's neck. I kept bouncing back and forth and took this one home. She was marked down low by mistake and they were cool and sold it to us anyway.It's the old style Les Pauls I used to love and play and this one is great! If you want to find that wonderful 50's feel and sound, (on any amp!) go try this out today!

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