The Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar is an attractive instrument that delivers a powerful and uniquely punchy sound. It's got a figured AA top that makes it easy on the eyes, along with a few modern innovations that make it one of the most versatile Les Pauls on the market today. It adopts the '60s SlimTaper neck design with an updated, supremely comfortable asymmetrical profile, and comes with two BurstBucker Pro pickups that lend it a distinctive voice all its own.
Solid Features Throughout
The Gibson Les Paul Standard adapts many of the innovations that Gibson pioneered over the years. The result is lighter, faster instrument, with more tonal power. The mahogany neck is a compound radius design meaning that notes sustain better at every point in the bound rosewood fingerboard than they do on a traditional profile. The locking TonePros Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and precise intonation on each string, while a set of high-quality locking Grover kidney-button tuners locks them squarely into place.
A Rare Pickup Faithfully Reproduced
The most distinguishing feature of this Gibson Les Paul Standard is the pair of complementary BurstBucker Pro 1 and BurstBucker Pro 2 pickups, found in the neck and bridge positions respectively. The inspiration for these pickups derived from a few particular specimens discovered in '60s-era instruments owned by Japanese collectors. It was discovered that these pickups varied in their output and tone due to inconsistencies from the hand-driven bobbin winding machines used by Gibson after the late 1950s. This led to the creation of a few pickups that had an uneven number of coil windings between each of the two coils in the humbucker pickup. According to the collectors who found these tones so appealing, the sound of the pickups themselves have more edge and bite than the normal PAFs that most Gibson players are familiar with. When you plug it in and play, you'll notice how the tone has more bite and character than the super-smooth Gibson '57 Classics that appear in numerous other Les Pauls. The vintage tone is assured with unpolished Alnico II magnet and un-waxed potting on both coils.
Push/Pull Coil Taps, Phase Changing and Pure Bypass
The tonal versatility of this instrument goes even further with Push/Pull Tone knobs on each pickup, allowing you to independently split the coils and obtain single-coil tones from your humbuckers! You can Pull the neck pickup's tone control for reverse-phase tones, or Pull the bridge pickup's tone knob to tap Gibson's new Pure Bypass setting. The latter allows that pickup to route directly to the output for a hotter signal.
- Mahogany body with traditional-style weight relief
- Figured AA Maple top
- BurstBucker 1 pickup in the neck position
- BurstBucker 2 pickup in the bridge position
- Mahogany neck with '60s Slim Profile measurements
- Bound rosewood fingerboard Fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
- TonePros Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar
- Locking Grover Kidney Tuners
- Plush-lined hardshell case included
BurstBucker pickups have only been available in the USA since 2000, and continue to delight Les Paul players looking for a fresh and unique sound that still can channel vintage tone when needed. Overall, the Gibson Les Paul Standard brings you a guitar with a unique tonal character in the pickups, while promising the same quality and rock-solid construction that characterizes all of Gibson's instruments.
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The Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013 electric guitar takes the Les Paul line to incredible heights. The beautiful AA figured maple top on the 'modern' weight relieved mahogany body provides great looks, feel and tone. The Les Paul Standard 2013 also features a mahogany neck with asymmetrical 60's SlimTaper neck and a compound radius rosewood fingerboard, which provides a great feel.
Gibson gives the Les Paul Standard 2013 incredible tonal versatility thanks to Burst Bucker Pro 1 and 2 pickups featuring push/pull coil taps, phase changing, and pure bypass for the bridge pickup. This groundbreaking electronic design enables the Les Paul Standard to give you classic raw power and dynamic single coil tones at the pull of a knob.