Gibson USA 2018 Les Paul Standard HP Blood Orange Fade


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Jed Van Wyngaardt

The Les Paul Standard is the flagship Gibson guitar. And the high-performance version is their most highly equipped model to ensure you can tackle any style of music or situation a musician may face whether that be playing live, recording in studio or practising at home.

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Body & Neck

The body is made from a single Mahogany back with the famous AAA+ flame Maple top to add brightness to the tone & beauty to its appearance. The neck is an asymmetrical slim-taper profile with a compound Richlite fingerboard to complete the classic Gibson formula. The 22 frets are cryogenically treated which ensures they'll remain hardy and strong for years to come and resist the wear and tear that normal frets face.

The neck join is the famous Gibson Access heel join which is contoured so that the body doesn't get in the way of your hand when playing the higher frets.

Pickups & Electronics

Burstbucker Rhythm Pro and Lead Pro+ pickups give this guitar its voice. These pickups are powerful and versatile and clean up beautifully when you roll off the volume. They truly shine when plugged into a bit of gain, giving you that gorgeous Les Paul mid-range punch.

You've also got 4 push-pull pots on the volume on tone to give you a wide variety of tones. You've got coil-tapping (or can access true coil split via a dipswitch inside the guitar), an out-of-phase sound for those Gary Moore tones and a blowout switch on the bridge tone control which will bypass the circuit board inside to give you a boosted guitar signal.


The aluminium hardware is complimented by the stunning locking kidney tuners. These tuners make it a breeze to re-string the instrument because you literally pull the string through the tuner, tighten the locking screw, tune the string and snip the loose end.

Here's what Gibson say about the Les Paul Standard High Performance 2018

The Les Paul Standard HP-II retains popular features, including comfortable asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile, while enhancing the experience with upgraded takes on the hallowed PAF humbucking pickups and a AAA+ figured maple top with high-end appointments. The HP-II model delivers cutting-edge innovations for the forward-looking player including Ultra-Modern weight relief with belly scarf, fast-access heel, soloist neck width, and titanium adjustable zero-fret nut and saddles. Exceptional sonic tonal variety provided by 4 push-pull pots with DIP switch for over 150 reversible instant rewiring options.


  • Series: Gibson Model Year 2018


  • Body Style: Les Paul Standard HP
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: AAA+ Figured Maple
  • Weight relief: Ultra Modern
  • Binding: White


  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Asymmetrical Slim Taper
  • Nut width1.745”
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Number of frets: 22 - Low - Cryogenically Treated
  • Nut: Titanium (adjustable)
  • Inlay: Pearl Trapezoid
  • Binding: White
  • Binding Style: Frets over binding


  • Bridge: Aluminium Tune-O-Matic with Titanium Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar
  • Knobs: Chrome Push Pull Top Hats
  • Tuners: Locking Kidneys
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Electronics: Neck pickup
  • Rhythm Pro: Bridge pickup Lead Pro+
  • Controls: 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 aviation grade toggle switch, 4 push-pull, DIP switch
  • Case: Gibson Hard Case
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