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Gibson Les Paul 2008 Standard (Light Burst)
The new Les Paul Standard - released 1st August 2008!
Pioneered and developed with the assistance of legendary jazz-pop guitarist Les Paul, the Gibson Les Paul has become the standard by which all electric guitars are judged.
With fat rich tone and incredible sustain the Les Paul guitar lends itself to every style and generation of music.
From the sweetest jazz to the heaviest rock and metal the Les Paul is a guitar that can do it all. It is one of the most powerful and versatile instruments of all time.
What Gibson say about the 2008 Les Paul Standard
Improving a legend isn't easy, but it's happened. Introducing Gibson USA's 2008 Les Paul Standard-an elegant revision of a true classic, with upgrades and new features that make it the best Les Paul Standard ever produced.
Based on consumer feedback and a drive to uphold and enhance the legacy of the Les Paul Standard, Gibson USA's 2008 model sets a new guitar benchmark for excellence and achievement.
It begins at the neck, which features an enlarged neck tenon for maximum wood contact, and a new asymmetrical neck profile that makes it one of the most comfortable and playable necks ever offered.
Locking Grover tuners with an improved gear ratio of 18:1 are also a first for the Les Paul.
Custom-made, gold-plated potentiometers made by Bourns, give the 2008 Standard a new level of sonic clarity and intensity.
It's also one of the first Gibson USA models to utilize the revolutionary Plek system-a computer-controlled setup that carefully measures and dresses each fret, accurately measuring the height between the fingerboard and each string, virtually eliminating string buzz and providing unbeatable playability.
A set of Gibson's Burstbucker Pro humbuckers deliver the powerful punch expected from a Les Paul, faithfully capturing the magic of Gibson's legendary PAF pickups of the 1950s.
A chambered mahogany body gives the 2008 Standard enhanced resonance, and a plain or flame maple top pays homage to the iconic Les Pauls of the late 1950s.
Other new features include TonePros' locking Nashville Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece, and each guitar comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case. Play the new 2008 Les Paul Standard from Gibson USA and experience the evolution of the greatest electric guitar of all time.
- Body Style: Les Paul Standard carved top
- Top Species: AA Maple Maple Top and Mahogany Back (premium finish), Maple Top and Mahogany Back (Solid Finish)
- Binding: Antique Cream
- Plating Finish: Chrome
- Tailpiece: Tone Pros Locking Stop Bar
- Bridge: Tone Pros Locking Tune-O-Matic Style
- Tuners: Locking Grover Keystone
- Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
- Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
- Pickup Covers: Yes
- Controls: 2 Volume - 2 Tone - 3-Way Toggle
- Control Knobs: Amber Top Hats
- Control Pocket Cover: Smoky Transparent Arcylic
- Special Features: Quick-Connect Control Pocket Assembly, Locking Neutrik Jack
- Species: Mahogany
- Profile: Asymmetrical
- Nut: Corian
- Nut Width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" +/- .050"
- Headstock Inlay: Gibson Logo
- Silkscreen: Les Paul Model
- Truss Rod: Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
- Truss Rod Cover: Bell-shaped cover stamped, "Standard"
- Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
- Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
- Fingerboard Binding: Antique Cream
- Number of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 24 - 3/4"
- Plek Setup: Yes
- Type: Gibson Hardshell
- Case Interior: White
- Case Exterior: Black
- Silkscreen: Gibson USA Logo
Neill Melville | Purchase date: 03 March 2010
What a great guitar! It delivers everything you'd expect from a Les Paul but only lighter!
Lighter is the key word here guys and gals. No more back pain, just smooth sailing! Huge sustain together with crunching rock tone this guitar is a rockers dream.
I gigged it the first time I played it and the response was awesome. I could stand in my feedback arch just sustaining a note and turning the guitar letting it sound out different harmonics like some kind of starved demon of rock!
Every time I strap the Paul on it brings a smile to my face, so much so that I ignore my other guitars on stage in favour of it. This also vouches for it's versatility, as I am able to use it for songs where I'd usually use something different.
Right, now the downside.
Now this is a left handed version so here is something they won't tell you on the Gibson web site. The volume pots as well as the tone pots turn clockwise and not counter clockwise as they should for a left handed player. Why Gibson does this I don't know, I have just emailed them about it now. If you are happy to over look this then fine, but if you are used to using your pots the way I am then it just won't do.
The next problem is that with the new wiring set up that Gibson is bragging about you are unable to resolder the pot to change the polarity as you would on any other guitar. So you are forced to rip it all out and go old school. Gavin, the tech at Andertons is doing mine for me now and I'm sure its going to melt faces off when I get it back. Can't wait!
The input jack is another funny. They have installed a locking jack which is not that much of a hindrance, but I just don't get it. We all loop our cables through straps or use wireless so their is no danger of pulling the lead out of your guitar, so for the extra time it takes to swap guitars it isn't really worth having. Besides a lead dangling straight out of the jack doesn't look cool! Maybe to make life easier Gibson can include a line selector with the guitar so you don't need to unplug when changing guitars!!!
All in all though my new Les Paul is going to rule when it comes back from the shop and together with the line selector I'm going to buy I'm sure I am going to be a very happy camper.
It also smells great, no really it does. Sometimes I open the case and just take a wiff.
Buy it and unleash the fury!
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