Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, a variety of Les Paul guitar models were offered. One of the most popular types was (and still is) the Les Paul Standard: known for its vintage Gibson sound, many high-quality features and affordable price, the Standard is the preferred axe of guitarists from all backgrounds. Whether you're into rock, jazz, country or blues, Les Paul Standard guitars are genre-defining six-strings, and in this selection you'll find models for every playing style and price range.
If you're unfamiliar with Les Paul Standard guitars, you might be wondering how they differ from models in the Les Paul Custom or Studio series. Basically, the Standard features less bells and whistles than its counterparts and concentrates more on the essentials (ie: what makes a Les Paul guitar so great). This means that anyone who wants to experience a Les Paul in all its greatness can do so without paying an arm and a leg.
Les Paul Standard guitars also just happen to be offered by both Gibson and Epiphone. In fact, Epiphone offers a wide range of top-rated Standards here, including the Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar. The mahogany body on this guitar delivers incredible sustain; the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups produce a warm tone and it comes in many eye-catching colors. Versatile, fun to play and boasting solid electronics, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top is ideal for any value-concious rocker.
Now for all you Gibson aficionados, check out their 2016 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar. This beauty has all the ingredients that make the Les Paul Standard so famous and it's available in your choice of a carved plain maple top or beautifully figured maple top (depending on its finish). Other features include a rosewood fingerboard with a compound radius for playing chords and solos comfortably, Burstbucker Pro Humbuckers for a true PAF tone and coil-splitting for alternate single-coil tones.
And remember, Les Paul Standard guitars are also available here as hollow bodies and there are models for southpaws as well, so try to spend some time in this section. Since 1958, the Les Paul Standard has been blowing the minds of guitarists the world over - and as long as companies like Gibson and Epiphone continue to deliver the goods, it will remain a favorite with anyone who wants to crank to 10.