It is summer 2012 and it is high time for Gibson USA to introduce a brand new Les Paul Standard. This new incarnation of 54 years old concept brings a blend of vintage and modern features with unmatched quality and ratio. The thing is, Gibson luthiers weighed and decided between modern and vintage solutions for almost every appointment on this LP Standard. Which results in the best ratio of new and old. This Les Paul Standard does not come cheap, though it does not require a fortune in order to obtain it. MSRP starts at $3,499 for regular maple tops and ends at $3,899 for AAA grade flame maple tops on translucent finishes. Eleven nitrocellulose gloss finished color options are available. To complement them all, Gibson opted for chrome-plated hardware. Tuners are 18:1 locking Grover Kidney installed in a traditional three-a-side pattern. Body of this model comes with a traditional single cutaway design and set-in neck joint construction. Also, construction of the body is solid with strategically made weight relief chambers for improved tonal properties. Back of the body is made of mahogany, Les Paul`s traditional body wood.Top panel is made of maple and it is traditionally carved and bound in creme binding. There is no pickguard installed on this Les Paul, except on Ebony, Goldtop and Blue Mist color options. Bridge section remains as it was and it is composed of tune-o-matic bridge in the front and stoptail bar in the back. Bridge section is made by Tonepros and it is plated in chrome. In the pickups area 2012 Les Paul Standard brings the most of it`s modern features. Burstbucker Rhythm Pro is installed in the neck position and Burstbucker Lead Pro is in the bridge position. Regular controls unit consists of split volume and tone knobs and a classic three-way toggle pickup switch. The catch is - each of four knobs conceals a push-pull knob. Volume controls for either pickup have a coil tapping push/pull switches. The tone will have a low hum, but if both pickups are on, they cancel each other`s hum out, as if they were a regular humbucker. Neck tone knob`s push/pull reverses the phase of the pickup, regardless if it is in humbucking or single coil mode. In single coil mode, tone knob can be used to determine which of the coils is in use. Tone knob for the bridge pickup, when pulled up bypasses both volume and tone and routes the bridge pickup straight to the output jack, providing the lead mode. Neck on this model is traditionally made of mahogany and attached to the body with a mortise & tenon joint. It`s contour is defined by Gibson as '60s asymmetrical slim taper. It is topped with a modern rosewood fingerboard. Even though it looks rather standard and vintage with 22 frets and figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, it features compound radius. It starts with 10 inches at the nut and widens to 16 towards the 22nd fret. String nut is made of traditional corian and measures 1.695" in width. Scale length remains 24-3/4".
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Excellent guitar, plays great and has a very comfortable neck. I also have a 2002 Les Paul standard with a 60’s neck but is too heavy to be my everyday guitar. This is where the 2012 has stepped in its place.
It is a marvel, sound, ended... and thank you gibson for allowing us the cripples of back to be able to sound with sound gibson of foot, which is like your own body it fuses with the guitar. This guitar makes you more musical, every day that I touch I discover something new in her... It is a marvel.
Gibson 2012 Les Paul Standard 4.75 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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