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Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar (with Case)

The Gibson Les Paul Standard is the new standard for electric guitars. With Plek treatment and a chambered body, the Gibson Les Paul Standard rocks. (18) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Gibson Les Paul Standard has been extensively renovated for its re-release. With plenty of upgrades and revamped features, this is a truly modern version of the Les Paul Standard. With new humbuckers, a chambered body, and the revolutionary Plek treatment, the Gibson Les Paul Standard is a guitar for the ages.

New Asymmetrical Neck Profile

The Les Paul Standard debuts Gibson's newest neck profile-an asymmetrical design that makes it one of the most comfortable and playable necks ever offered on any guitar. The new ergonomically-correct profile is tapered, and designed to be thicker on the bass side, and thinner on the treble side, closely outlining the natural form of the hand as it grips the neck. The Les Paul Standard necks are machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood fingerboard gets glued on, the rest-including the final sanding-is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while the Gibson Les Paul Standard still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Chambered Mahogany Body

Every new Les Paul Standard will benefit from Gibson's proven chambering technique, which leaves each guitar with perfect tone, balance, and weight. Prior to gluing the maple cap on top of the Les Paul Standard's mahogany body, the expert craftsmen at Gibson USA carve out carefully mapped-out chambers in the body using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router. The positioning of the routes was established after careful examination of the resonant characteristics of the Les Paul. Gibson approached this process with the awareness that every change to the formula would have repercussions on the instrument's sound. So, in addition to relieving the stress on a player's back and shoulder, these Gibson Les Paul Standards also enhance the tone palette in a manner unique only to these guitars. The results are comfortable, lightweight guitars that are acoustically louder, with increased sustain and resonance.

TonePros Locking Bridge and Locking Stopbar Tailpiece

The Tune-o-matic bridge was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting the standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The Gibson Les Paul Standard features TonePros locking Nashville Tune-O-Matic in a chrome finish, which has saddle adjustment screws on the pickup side, and pre-notched saddles for quick installation. The chrome locking stopbar tailpiece is also from TonePros. These parts come with locking studs designed to secure both components firmly to the body so that there is no lean, yielding a great union between the strings and body which results in excellent tone and sustain on the Gibson Les Paul Standard.

Gold-Plated, Custom-Made Potentiometers by Bourns

The Gibson Les Paul Standard features all newly designed controls, including custom-made, gold-plated potentiometers manufactured by Bourns, one of the industry's leading makers of guitar electronics. These new potentiometers deliver accuracy and high reliability, while giving the Standard '08 a new level of sonic clarity and intensity never before seen in a Les Paul.

Gibson Burstbucker Pros

Gibson's drive to recapture the magic of the original "Patent Applied For" humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design-the Burstbucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coils-true to the original PAFs-which supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.

Revolutionary Plek Set Up

The Les Paul Standard is one of the first models from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer controlled machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hours-sometimes even days-to accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument "Plek'd" and amazingly playable.

Locking Neutrik Jack

Neutrik has been making superior electronic interconnection products since 1975, making them the logical choice to supply the performance safeguarding jack in Gibson's Les Paul Standard. Like many Neutrik products, the jack in the Les Paul Standard is manufactured from strong, high-grade thermoplastics and housed in a rugged diecast nickel shell. A retention spring inside the jack ensures optimum grip on any guitar cable, thus avoiding the chance of lost connection.

Locking Grover Tuners

The Les Paul Standard is outfitted with locking tuners from Grover, which deliver ease of use through a standard tuner and positive locking mechanism that securely locks each string in place. Simply insert each string through the string hole, turn the dial on the bottom of the tuner to lock the string, and begin tuning. Each string can be tuned to pitch in less than one complete revolution of the post. These Grover machine heads feature completely sealed components with an improved 18:1 tuning ratio.

New Enlarged Neck Tenon

The Les Paul Standard sports a revolutionary enlarged neck tenon designed by Gibson's team of pioneering engineers. The expanded neck tenon features an innovative interlocking joint that allows the neck to be dropped into the body from the guitar's top side, as opposed to sliding the neck in from the rim. When the glue is added, a solid unyielding bond is created that maximizes the wood to wood contact between the neck and the body, offering increased stability and superb transfer of vibration for enhanced tone, improved sustain, and superior resonance. It is also the largest neck tenon in the history of the Les Paul.

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Body
Top Species: Carved AA maple

Back Species: Mahogany

Binding: Single-ply top

Fingerboard
Fingerboard Species: Rosewood

Scale Length: 24 3/4"

Number of Frets: 22

Inlays: Trapezoid

Fingerboard Binding: single-ply

Electronics
Pickups: Gibson BurstBucker Pro pickups with Alnico V magnets

Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch

Case
Interior: White Plush

Case Exterior: Black Reptile Pattern Hardshell

Silkscreen: Silver Gibson USA logo

Neck
Species: Mahogany

Profile: Asymmetrical

Hardware
Plating Finish: Nickel

Tailpiece: Stopbar

Bridge: TonePros Tune-o-matic

Tuners: Grover
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Stunning and Beautiful"
Sound: its a Les Paul,,, sounds quality is always great Feature: I love the feel of the neck,, that new asymetrical process is nice Ease of Use: extremely playable. and now that its light, us old guys will like it even more Quality: very well made,,, its a gibson, just wondering about the quality control before it leaves the factory Value: its pricey,,, but well worth it Manufacturer Support: I dealt with gibson about 10 years ago with my first les paul and they took care of everything right away with no questions asked Overall: I bought the goldtop. Unboxed and opened the case and was stunned with its beauty. Carefully removed it from the case and was amazed at how light it was for a Les Paul. My shoulder will thank me immensly. Was a bit disappointed that it was so far out of tune. Makes me wonder if it actually went thru any quality control at Gibson. Tuned it, hit a few runs and a string popped. OK I never liked gibson strings anyway so not a big deal. I will say with this PLEkd system the string height was perfect for me. Only time will tell more
Style of Music: Classic Rock, Country
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Overall: Received my new Ebony Les Paul Standard through Zzounds, arrived ingreat shape and on time. Set-up on the guitar was good; did have to do a few adjustments on intonation...often expected when guitars are shipped. No problems with fit and finish on the guitar. I went over it inch byinch. I almost went with the Traditional, due to negative comments on LP forums regarding the chambered body. But now, after playing it, I would not trade. Sustain is excellent; tone excellent. Kinda expensive....but well worth it.
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