Since 1958 the Les Paul Standard has defined what we think of when we hear ‘Gibson Les Paul.’ The carved maple top, the mahogany body and neck, two humbuckers, the trapezoid inlays: the Standard by its very name is the guitar that leads the charge in the Les Paul army. This puts it in a unique place in Gibson’s line-up because it needs to pay tribute to the past as well as point to the future. Models like the Traditional [see my review of it here] and various Gibson Custom reissues recreate heritage-style Les Pauls, but the Standard must move with the times. The line underwent a revamp in 2008 but for 2012 it’s been given the ultimate refresher, a series of enhancements which keep the Standard’s classic styling but with more modern refinements.
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