Gibson 2018 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

Designed for professional musicians, the 2018 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar offers the sound and feel you’ve come to love and expect from a Les Paul model, but with improved modern performance and sound. BurstBucker Pro humbuckers provide modern and classic tones, while additional variety from comes from 4 push-pull knobs. Tones that previously eluded the Les Paul are now possible with the new Gibson Les Paul Standard 2018, eliminating the need to switch guitars. Consider also Gibson’s Ultra-Modern weight relief and a gorgeous mahogany body and highly-figured maple top; you’ll just love the 2018 upgrades Gibson presents to you in the Les Paul Standard.

The now iconic Gibson Les Paul guitar first debuted in 1952. But it wasn’t until 1958 when a new model called the Standard was introduced that the Les Paul saw its first major design change. Unlike its Gold-Top predecessor and the “Black Beauty” Custom model (both featuring the P-90 pickup), Les Paul Standards featured a highly-figured maple top and introduced the iconic Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish. Even more significant was the addition of Seth Lover’s newly-designed and patent-applied-for Humbucker pickups, offering low-noise performance and a warmer midrange punch.

Incredibly, the Les Paul Standard was initially considered a failure due to poor sales and it was actually discontinued in 1961, when it was replaced by its flat, double-cutaway descendent and former namesake now known as the SG. However, the Les Paul Standard was subsequently embraced by such artists as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Mike Bloomfield and Jimmy Page, prompting Gibson to reintroduce the model in 1968. Les Paul Standards have remained in production ever since and are now celebrated by the world’s greatest musicians as “the” standard for perfection in the ever-expanding universe of electric guitars.

Improvements for 2018
The new Gibson Les Paul Standard 2018 features the popular asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile with Ultra-Modern weight relief — including an aluminum bridge and tailpiece — for increased comfort and playability. Impeccable looks are highlighted by the powerful tonewood combination of mahogany back and a carved maple AAA highly-figured top.

Each of the 2018 Gibson Les Paul Standard’s two BurstBucker Pro pickups can be turned into a single-coil by simply pulling up their respective volume knobs. Not only are these pickups surprisingly quiet when in single-coil mode, but when both the bridge and neck positions are selected, they are wired in series, which turns them into one humbucker that spans several inches.

No longer an afterthought, the neck pickup also plays an active role in expanding this guitar’s reach. Its tone knob can be used to determine which coil is used when in single-coil mode — one pickup, three sounds. The bridge humbucker also has a unique feature; when its tone knob is pulled up, the volume and tone controls are completely removed from the signal path, leaving only two wires between the pickup and the output jack. Gibson appropriately calls this “Pure Bypass” mode. This kind of advanced wiring breaks with tradition, providing unprecedented tonal flexibility and further expanding the Les Paul’s capabilities in modern and classic music.
Additional Amenities
The 2018 Les Paul Standard features cream binding on the body and neck, acrylic trapezoidal inlays, locking “kidney” tuners, chrome-plated hardware, and amber top hat knobs.

The Gibson Les Paul Standard 2018 also comes with a Gibson hardshell case.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Gibson 2018 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Specifications
    • Body Style Les Paul Standard
    • Body Mahogany
    • Top AAA Figured Maple
    • Weight relief Ultra Modern
    • Binding Cream
    • Neck Mahogany
    • Neck profile Asymmetrical Slim Taper
    • Nut width 1.695”
    • Fingerboard Rosewood
    • Scale length 24.75”
    • Number of frets 22 - Medium - Cryogenically Treated
    • Nut Tektoid
    • Inlay Acrylic Trapezoid
    • Binding Cream
    • Binding Style Rolled over Frets
    • Bridge Aluminum Tune-O-Matic
    • Tailpiece Aluminum Stop Bar
    • Knobs Amber Top Hats
    • Tuners Locking Kidneys
    • Plating Chrome
    • Neck pickup BB Pro Rhythm
    • Bridge pickup BB Pro Lead
    • Controls 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch, with 4 push-pull
    • Includes Hardshell Case

Customer Reviews

David from Austin, TX! Submitted: 6/25/2018
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Best Les Paul I've owned so far!
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What is your opinion of this product?
Owned a Les Paul studio and moved to an ES-Les Paul. Loved the ES. The Studio was a 2016 HP and the frets just seemed low. Very hard to barre chord that thing. The ES on the other hand has tall frets and is much easier, however things can get pitchy quickly if you use too much force. This 2018 Les Paul Standard has the best neck so far and plays like a dream!! If you've seen videos from across the pond and someone said there's dip switches inside on this one there is not. I'm still not buying that any of these that say they do coil taps and/or splits aren't just putting some type of passive filter in the chain to make the sound narrower instead of actually wiring it as such. That being said it does give the single coil flavor and it's just my opinion, but it's just ok. It does add to the palette for sure so it's nice to have options for sure! Maybe I'll notice when I start putting more pedals in the chain. Bottom line: Best Les Paul I've ever owned!


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