Gibson Les Paul Standard
Body Carved maple top, Mahogany back Neck/Profile Mahogany/Rounded Fingerboard/Inlay Rosewood 22 frets/Pearl trapezoid Scale/Nut Width 24-3/4" / 1-11/16 Binding Single-ply top and fingerboard Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic/Stop bar Hardware Chrome or Gold Pickups 490R Alnico magnet humbucker 498T Alnico magnet humbucker Controls Two volume, two tone, three-way switch
1958 was the sixth year of the Gibson Les Paul model. Whether through cosmic forces, rational thought or just dumb luck, Gibson hit the proverbial nail on the head. Within a few months, the 1959 Les Paul Standard, the same as the 1958 model guitar but with jumbo frets, quietly became a legend.
At first, the Les Paul Standard was just another solidbody guitar in a sea of emerging instruments. In the late 1960s and '70s, popular guitar heroes Jimmy Page, Mike Bloomfield and Duane Allman sought the original late '50s Les Pauls for their tone and feel. Soon those models became an overnight success in a little less than 20 years.
Today, the original 1959 Les Paul Standard has become the most sought after model of solidbody guitar in the world, with vintage prices soaring well into six-figures.
Available: 1952 to present
The Les Paul model by which all others are measured. Considered THE best model of the Les Paul. The 1952 and early 1953 goldtop models are fairly useless (as a player) because of a shallow neckset, and a badly designed tailpiece (they have some collector appeal though, but not much). By early 1953, the "wrap around" tailpiece/bridge combo rectified the playability problem, and these models are quite nice. In mid-1955, when the tuneatic bridge and stop tailpiece was added, the model was really becoming a big winner. In mid-1957, the addition of Gibson's new humbucking pickups made the Les Paul Standard what it is today (one of the most popular electric guitars of all time). The mid-1958 to 1960 "sunburst" Les Paul Standards are consider one of the best (and most attractive) electric guitars ever produced (even though they are identical to the mid-1957 model, except for the finish).
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- Les Paul Standard discontinued 1963 in name only (now called SG Standard).
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