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 Gibson Les Paul Standard
   

The Classic Electric Guitar

 

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Notes: Les Paul was born 9th of June 1915 in Wisconsin as Lester William Polsfuss, later the family simplified the name to Polfus. At the age of eight years he started with the harmonica. His next instrument was the banjo and at the age of 13 he already performed as a country guitarist. At the same time he was interested in electronics. Dissatisfied with the quality of electric guitars that were available in the mid 30ties he started to develop his own instruments. In 1941 he built the prototype of a solidbody electric guitar but it took until the beginning of the 1950s when the cooperation with Gibson started. The first Les Paul came out in 1952. During the following years several improvements have been made and in the beginning of 1957 P-90 pickups were replaced with the new PAF humbucker making the Les Paul Standard to what it is now: The most popular electric guitar of all time.

Materials: One-piece solid Mahogany body with highly flamed center seamed Maple top, one-piece Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard with small black side dot markers, nut width approx. 1 11/16", 22 frets, trapezoid position inlays.

Hardware: Golden hardware consisting of tune-o-matic bridge, stop bar and golden Gibson Deluxe tuner, two active EMG pickups, toggle switch, 2 volume / 2 tone pots.

Facts: Manufactured in Nashville 1984, stamped "Made in USA" no volute. It features a narrow ’59 style binding inside the cutaway. The top shows breathtaking flames and has an amber / caramel color. The pickguard has been taken off so that the beauty of the top can unfold completely. The guitar weighs in at 3,9 kg.

Condition: The guitar is in good condition. The frets have been renewed at some point and they have only very little wear. The original pickups have been replaced with active EMG's. Many players of that time made this upgrade (or with Seymour Duncan pickups) because they were not satisfied with the Gibson pickups from that vintage. The mate finish is giving her a pleasant feel and a great appearance.

Playability: Buzz-free low string heigth. The neck is straight as an arrow and easy to play throughout.

Tone: The EMG pickups deliver a strong and powerful sound that cuts through but still being clear and open with cristal highs and strong bass.

Case: Newer original Gibson case with pink plush.

Setup: Currently set up with 0.10 - 0.46 strings.

To summarize: Les Paul's genius brought us technical inventions such as the multi-tracking, overdubbing and tape-delay to name a few but the development of the Les Paul guitar was probably his greatest gift. What more can be said about such a classic guitar that has dominated the music scene since more than 60 years except one thing: Every guitar player knows and plays it. In all, this Les Paul Standard is 32 years old and is certainly a great player's instrument
 















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