Les Paul Guitars

Les Paul Guitars

The Les Paul is adored for its beautiful aesthetics and versatility, used by a huge number of players from a variety of different genres. Providing powerful full-bodied tones with its dual humbuckers and Mahogany tone woods, the Les Paul has established itself as a staple in the guitar world since its inception in the 50s.

The appeal of the Les Paul is far-reaching, with many legendary players using it as their weapon of choice. With Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) using the Les Paul to form their signature hard rock sounds, many modern players such as Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Lee Malia (Bring Me The Horizon) use Les Pauls to pioneer their cutting-edge metal style.

History of the Les Paul

Unveiled in 1952, Gibson enlisted the help of renowned musician Les Paul to collaboratively design a solid-body electric guitar that could contend with Fender’s Stratocaster. The Les Paul is arguably Gibson’s most successful and fabled model amongst their established catalogue.

Originally sporting P90 pickups, from 1957 Gibson decided to offer the Les Paul Standard with dual humbuckers for improved sonics. Subsequent models however have featured different configurations, including a triple-stack of humbuckers in early Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars.

The Les Paul Range

The Gibson Les Paul Standard is the flagship model and is available in both 50s and 60s versions, staying close to the formula of those originals. The two versions feature a few aesthetic differences and the 60s versions feature hotter pickups and a slimmer neck.

The Gibson Les Paul Classic takes the traditional formula and gives it a modern touch with Burstbucker 61 pickups, a weight relieved body, as well as push/pull electronics for coil tap, pure bypass, and out of phase tones.

For something even more advanced there’s the Les Paul Modern. The Modern features Burstbucker Pro pickups, Ultra Modern weight relief, and the same push/pull electrics as the Classic expanded with internal dip switches - all of that in several sleek, modern finishes.

If you’re looking for something less expensive, Gibson offer a range of more affordable guitars. The Les Paul Studio and Les Paul Tribute guitars are American-made, stripped-back models that still maintain the tone and essence of the Les Paul. is a great option. If you’re looking for something simpler, there’s the Junior and Special versions of the Les Paul which offer no-nonsense, powerful P-90 or humbucker tones.

And if you’re looking for the best of the best, look no further than Gibson’s Custom Shop Les Pauls. Featuring the highest quality craftsmanship, the Custom Shop offer the closest thing to vintage Les Paul look, tone, and feel without busting the bank for an original!