__The basics? Gibson Les Paul

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__The basics? Gibson Les Paul

Postby ValveLust on Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:51 pm

I realize such things as binding, ebony boards on customs etc.
Could someone explain the other basic differences between models.
- Standard
- Deluxe
- Custom
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Re: __The basics? Gibson Les Paul

Postby JimN on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:12 am

All three of those variants are similar, but the most alike are the Standard and Deluxe. They are more or less identical apart from the pickups used. The Standard has a single-bound body (front only), a purfled neck with rosewood fretboard and trapezoid L50-style inlays and an unbound headstock. It is fitted with standard size Gibson humbucking pickups. In many ways, it is the archetypal guitar people see in their mind's eye of when they think of the Les Paul.

The Deluxe is the same, except that the pickups are of the "mini-humbucking" (Epiphone) variety, fitted into special surrounds originally fashioned from P90 pickup covers. There is some reason to believe that Gibson introduced this model because the original 1968 reissue Standard (which was fitted with cream P90s and finished as a "gold top") was not selling and the factory stock of semi-finished guitars either had to be re-routed for humbuckers or fitted with a humbucker variant which would not need the re-routing. The model shouts out "1970s". The most common finish is gold-top (probably connected with the 1968 Standards as above), though other finishes - notably cherry sunburst - came along later.

Both of the above models feature a sandwich body: mahogany with a carved maple top. And usually a rosewood neck (though some examples from the 1970s use maple necks).

The Custom is a different beast. The body (originally all mahogany though many later examples have a mahogany/maple sandwich construction) is double bound front and back like a semi-acoustic, and the neck (construction subject to the rule stated above) is fitted with an ebony fretboard with Super 400 type inlays and a Super 400 design bound headstock. All the parts are gold plated and the guitar is most commonly found fitted with two (gold-plated) humbuckers, though three is a well-known variant.


Les Paul Standard: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-Custom/50th-Anniversary-1959-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx

Les Paul Deluxe: http://www.guitarphotographer.com/gibso ... ar%20s.jpg

Les Paul Custom: http://www.productwiki.com/upload/images/gibson_1960_les_paul_custom_black_beauty.jpg

HTH. You can find millions of words about those guitar models on the internet.

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Re: __The basics? Gibson Les Paul

Postby Mr. Cheezy on Wed May 04, 2011 11:35 am

LP Standards and Studios for a while now have Swiss cheese body's with a maple top or mahogany tops (some Studio's). To get a solid body these days one must spend the money on a Historic model.

Also LP's up to the late 80's had some maple necks, which I actually like.

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